Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Animation Interviews - Pinterest

Really awesome collection resource of animation interviews and insights. There's a ton of amazing animation related videos here!

Click the link for awesomeness:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hotel Transylvania Animation Reel

Hotel Transylvania was by far the best (and most challenging) project, as well as the most rewarding. After returning back to Sony Imageworks from holidays to work on "Cloudy 2", I was able to obtain the shots I animated on Hotel T.

Above is a drawing that director Genndy Tartakovsky drew in a dailies session to convey his wishes for this particular shot in the pool sequence. I was lucky enough to keep it and have him sign it. He also drew a 'Dexter's Laboratory' drawing in my book. I totally geeked out.

Here's my reel:

Congrats to everyone who worked on it and contributed to its success, and to everyone who went and watched it!

Little Quentin

An amazing short entitled "Little Quentin" directed by Albert 't Hooft & Paco Vink from Anikey Studios

I love the style of this, it's like a mix of Tim Schafer's "Full Throttle" and Sam Kieth's "The Maxx" combined with film noir! Fwah, awesomes.

"Epic" - new trailer

New trailer for Blue Sky's "Epic" has been released, and holy crap it looks awesome.

Really looking forward to seeing this.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Music from Trailers

Trailers are such an important part of the marketing of a movie, and the choice of music that is used in the trailer is equally as important. Best thing about it for me is hearing as little as 20 seconds of the song used in a trailer and thinking "Wow...I must find out who plays that", which leads to finding new bands.

Here's a short list of music that has featured in trailers recently that I have found new music to listen to from.

"Snow Patrol - The Lightning Strike" is featured in Dreamworks "Epic" trailer as well as "Act of Valor"

"Florence + the Machine - Seven Devils" was featured in the season 2 trailer for HBO's "Game of Thrones"

"Imagine Dragons - Radioactive" is featured in the latest trailer for "The Host"

"Nico Vega - Beast" was featured in the latest trailer for "Bioshock Infinite"

QuitSmoking 2d animation

Really cool 2d animations for Quit Smoking awareness.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dumb Ways to Die

Very cute (and slightly disturbing) animation.

With a catchy song to boot!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fat Cute Animal Animation

This is the funniest animation I've seen in ages. Three short skits promoting the International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart 2013.

The fat crocodile is amazing.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Daniel Fotheringham Podcast

When I was living and working in London, I recorded a bunch of conversations with artists / friends. The concept was to speak to people in the industry of various experience levels and backgrounds, and I had the privilege to even record them in different countries (including Germany, Singapore, England, Wales). Time and life got the better of me and I never released them.

The first one that was recorded was with the very talented Daniel Fotheringham in London, August 2011. We discussed his work flow, the process he uses to animate quadrupeds, and the balance of life and work while living in London.

Running time is: 23:09mins

Dan's website : http://danielfotheringham.com/
Check out Dan's crazy awesome reels here : https://vimeo.com/user5986209

Thanks to Bryn for listening and motivating me to get this online!

Let me know if I should work on the others and release them eventually.


Disclaimer - In no way is this a professional recording, apologies for any ambient noises or change in volume.

Animal Animation Shot Breakdown by David Wesch

Another Animation Mentor shot breakdown, this time by David Wesch, also a Sony Imageworks Animator and friend! Love hearing about peoples workflows and the process they went about planning and developing their shot.

Very awesomes.

Check out more of Davids stuff here : http://davidwesch.blogspot.ca/

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Character Animation and Facial Expression Tips by Tania Simeons

Here's an Animation Mentor video with Sony animator and friend Tania Simeons, who discusses and breaks down her class 5 animation assignment.

Worth watching!

Check out more of Tania's stuff here : http://taniasimeons.blogspot.ca/