Wednesday, May 24, 2006

ummmmm, here look at this.

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Not my most brilliant shinning moment but fun none the less! I am a big Wallace Tripp fan, thus a BIG Chris Sanders fan. I really liked Lilo and Stitch and have always felt like it is slightly over looked although i did feel it was appreciated. If there was any film besides Beauty and the Beast or Lion King that i would have liked to have worked on i think it would have been Lilo.
I animated this at Toonacious Family Entertainment (Tony Bancroft's studio). I was glad that they kept everything here in the states since the budget was so LOW. The triumph of the shot was certainly not my animation but the great job Trevor Tamboline did on the clean-up. I typically work tight enough that all you need to do is trace my stuff but the time frame of this job was super short that i didn't have time to tie down a whole lot. Trev did a great job, and i thought the EFX made the shot stand out a bit too.
The other fun bit about this job was working with Alex Kuperschmidt. Toonacious got him to do a few scenes and hit up some drawings for model. I didn't get to communicate too much with him, but i think he's an amazing talent that is, again, quite over-looked! Everyone ought to go to Lilo and Stitch and really study his timing. Very interesting to see how he bends the rules.
OKee doke folks! Till next time!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ian Worrell

I realized i haven't done much plugging for other people this year in the blogging realm. As some of you know i teach animation at CalArts. This year i was blown away by one film in particular-- "Icarus and the Tree Herder". Ian Worrell is the student that created this little gem of filmmaking. check out his blog and all his amazing artwork!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

model sheets!

A momentus thing has happened in the progression of this short film! MODELSHEETS... it's been a LOOOOONG road to find this guys, but i believe i have after a year and a half of searching. I am not necessarily a designer. i love design, and find it fascinating, but i don't consider myself a natural at it. It has taken a lot of blood and sweat to find these.

The characters are there, the story is coming together, the design is taking form-- this is so much fun! oh yeah, i still have to find a job! well, i hope everyone enjoys these!

by popular demand!

For all of you Disney Geeks out there! In my last post in the comments section someone asked what kind of desk i used, and here it is! I use a Disney desk from the 60's... or so i'm told. I got it for free from a friend. it probably looks much different than it did back in the day. it was in bad shape when i got it, i had to sand it, and refinish it myself. but it's a great desk with a lot of history and lineage to it. I wonder who worked on it before me?
Anyway, that's just for all you Disney geeks and freaks out there--

Monday, May 15, 2006


Ahhhhhh, liberation! nearly the last month i have been slaving away, over my animation desk producing animation for my new reel. I had been asked by one studio to do a few more subtle acting shots-- I did about 30 feet of animation in about 3 and a half weeks and i am FRIED. I don't work well under pressure-- which is ironic consider what type of work i do, but i just don't thrive under it. I know lots who do, and love it. My enegery just goes down then tubes. I thrive in non threatening, relaxed environments where i don't feel the pressure. What do i do when i DO have pressure, i pretend i don't and act as relaxed as i can. I am not complaining, just debriefing i suppose.
I animated 3 different shots with the character from my short- i recomment this for ANYONE doing there own film. You learn a lot about what is working and not working with your design. It has, in fact, driven me to make some changes (like adding more hair to give him a more youthful look), or soldifying others like him having almond eyes.
I hope i haven't lost all of my "viewers" over the last couple weeks-- i intend to post some more stuff and even return to some tutorials! I just need a breather for now and then you'll hear more from me! later all!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

the reason for my absense

hand drawn animation on Vimeo

I thought i'd show you guys whats been consuming me this last week and a half... there's more, as usual, but it hasn't even been roughed out yet.
hey, here's some really cool industry news though! Eric Goldberg is now back at Disney Feature! Also, every tuesday and thursday right now there have been meetings for story artists to pitch short ideas. Hmmm, Ron and Jon, Eric Goldberg, Short films, and John Lasseter. I have a feeling we'll be seeing some hand drawn shorts coming out of Disney real soon-
Also, there's been all of this bad info on the web about the view of John Lasseters changes made at the studio. WRONG-- People are loving the changes, no ones sorry Gnomeo and Juliet is gone, they are NOT redoing the entire 2nd act of Meet the Robinsons only making minor changes, and everyone (as far as the artists are concerned) are VERY up beat right now. As i said a long time ago, a renassaince is on the horizon. I just hope i can be apart of it.
For those of you who have asked for tutorials some more are coming, as i've said waaaaay too many times "i'm bizay!" later!