on November 05, 2012
Awesome piece by Aaron Gilman.
This was posted on May 24th, 2009 and is still a great read!
As someone who has been back and forth between games and film for many years, I thought it might be interesting to offer my perspective on what I think are vastly different animation pipelines.
In my opinion, when it comes to animation, games and film begin their production process needing (not wanting) vastly different things, and this ultimately sets the tone for how animation is critiqued, processed and approved over the course of almost the entire project.
on October 23, 2012
iAnimate instructor and former DreamWorks animator, Ken Fountain, is launching a project that we thought all of you independently-minded artists might find interesting to hear about. It’s called Crackerbox Studio, and it’s launching a Kickstarter campaign for its first title, “Geo-Me!”.
on October 18, 2012
If you could ask the artists about their techniques, experience, what they feels is the next step in the film or game industry, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter or email us. We have an awesome panel and we want you to participate and be part of it.
There's a lot to talk about and we will do our best to answer and cover the topics you want to hear.
Link to Video : http://vimeo.com/51439456
on October 12, 2012
Here's a fun article on Method Studios and those "Hip" dancing hamsters.
One of the most popular commercials from 2011 was the Kia spot ‘Soul’ from agency David & Goliath, in which dancing hamsters took on a legion of dancing robots. We covered the spot here. Now, the hamsters are back in a disco-infused period piece, with even more impressive work by Method Studios. We talk to visual effects supervisor Andy Boyd about ‘Bringing Down the House’, from production company MJZ and director Carl Rinsch. The commercial was filmed by DOP John Matheison (Gladiator) at a theater in Prague, with real dancers wearing oversized clothing and a tracking rig, which was used to replace their heads with CG hamster versions. “They had a head piece they would wear that had tracking markers that we had spec’d out and measured, working in collaboration with Legacy Effects,” explains Boyd. “We actually tracked the whole body because we replaced the hands in most shots, and we were also tracking the body for interactive lighting – when the arm casts a shadow or moves in front of the head.”
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on October 09, 2012
For those who don't know who Glen Keane is, I highly recommend you look and study his work!
Glen will be at CTN Animation Expo this year, so i figured it would be great to share a few links on him.
on October 03, 2012
Since we have such a fantastic animation community and because we want a better way to connect with animation enthusiasts we are opening our blog up to anyone who’s interested in animation. The idea behind this is to offer a venue where you can share your thoughts and help us bring up important subjects you would like to read, write or talk about. That’s right, we want to give you the chance to express your thoughts too!
on August 22, 2012
Now that the spring/summer workshop has ended and we are all on break for a bit, I get to do three things. 1) Go to bed early. 2) Browse the new collection of student reels and feel woefully inadequate. And 3) attempt to recall what the most frequent advice was that I gave over the previous fourteen weeks, and decide what I might do to build a lecture around that topic.
This last block I had two frequently occurring broad notes; “Animate from the core,” and “Don’t play it safe.” Animating from the “core” requires a lot of explanation and example, so I may tackle that in a future post.
Let me, however, try to describe what I mean when I suggest to an animator not to be “safe.”...
on August 10, 2012
It's nice to see animators sharing their tips, tricks, and treasures out there. I thought it might be cool to start sharing some sites and posts on a somewhat regular basis...