Share and be part of the community

on October 03, 2012

Share and be part of the community

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!

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Don't Play It Safe

on August 22, 2012

Don't Play It Safe

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.”...

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Blog Roundup! (8/10)

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...

 

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Specialist v. Generalist

on August 08, 2012

Specialist v. Generalist

I recently asked this question as a Facebook post: “Which do you find more valuable - to be ‘specialized’ in your craft (animation, modeling, rigging, etc.)? or, to be an all around ‘generalist’?”  I like asking this question a lot, actually, to get a feel for where the industry is going.  It’s an old habit from a time when I was just learning what I wanted to pursue and how to make money as an artist...

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Animation Lightbulbs!

on August 02, 2012

Animation Lightbulbs!

It's progress reel review week here at iAnimate, the week where all workshop members who are interested in advancing to the next class put together a reel of the animation they created during the 14-week block and post it for all to see.  Its such an inspiring and entertaining time browsing the various videos, from the most foundational bouncing ball to the most sophisticated and cinematic scenes.

 

Its also inspirational, and a bit nostalgic, to read the outpouring of student gratitude for their teachers and their peers. It always reminds me of some of the lightbulb moments I had while first learning...

 

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