Monday, March 30, 2009

Back Home

Me looking serious in London

London was amazing! I just got back home I can’t wait to go back someday. I’m always amazed at how old London is and how much history and art are present in everyday life. They have everything figured out because it’s been there so long. Take the Tube for instance. You never wait more than 5 minutes for the next train and you’re always within a few minutes of a station by foot. Amazing. There’s so much to tell, but I won’t go into all the boring details. If you’d like to know, come talk to me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pose Tests - Hippie and Businessman

So I thought before I head out to London, I would post an update on my new shot. These are a few early pose tests just trying to get the right timing and entertainment out of it. Right now the biggest note is that I’m playing the businessman out of character. He needs to be more angry and resistant to the hippie’s help. I have some video reference that my classmates and I shot which will help me play that up convincingly.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Shot - Hippie and Businessman

This new test is really exciting for me. I often gravitate toward more controlled acting in my animation, and I now have a chance to really amp up the physicality, as well as practice my dialogue. I’ve thumbnailed out my basic idea, and cut it to time. So far I think this could be a good character study, but I’d really like to make it more entertaining. There’s a chance to get some classic physical comedy here, and right now I’m just scratching the surface.

It’s pretty impossible to tell from the rough sketches, but the young man running up is a hippie, and the man in the foreground is a businessman who has just been stunned by the hippie’s frisbee (the ellipse in the foreground). I have to give credit to my friend Scott for coming up with this one.

One of my own self-imposed constraints is to keep from having too much dead air before and after the dialogue. I’d like to jump right in without wasting time at either end. Other than that, I’m all ears on amping this up!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bar Scene - Curves Pass

Here’s an update of the test I’ve been working on for BFA. All previous passes can be found on my old blogspot sketchblog here. This latest pass is at the curves stage, and I’m starting to get into polishing, with some areas working better than others. The man in the scene still needs a lot of work, as I’ve really been concentrating more on the girl. I got some great notes from ACME Transmission and of course from Rex and my classmates. In the coming weeks I’ll be fixing up this as well as some other tests to update my reel. Only two months left!


Hey Everyone, this is my first real blog post on my new web site (not counting the link to the old blog)! I’m excited to start it off with a life event.

On Wednesday, I’ll be going to London for 9 days! I’m going with the school, and we’ll get to visit several commercial production houses there that specialize in animation. I was able to go on the trip a few years ago and I’m so excited to be able to go again.

Last time we were able to visit Framestore CFC, Double Negative, and Studio AKA among other studios. It was so fantastic to see smaller studios producing such great work! I’m so ready to go again...well besides the packing...