Friday, January 27, 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer


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So, the Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer came out today. Super exiting to see the trailer for something that I've been working so hard on. I didn't have anything to do with the trailer. It was done by another company. I have been working on the actual game animations. But they did a good job. I can't wait to see the game complete. It will be my first title I've worked on at my first job. Super Cool. :) Not a bad thing to start with.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Comic to Check Out: Plume


I recently came across this online comic called Plume. I really love the art style. Great drawings. And so far the story is pretty interesting. Plus it takes place in the Wild West. It has just gotten started but I am curious to see how it progresses. Don't want to give away too much. You can check it out for yourself here: http://plumecomic.com/ .

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rig Testing

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I found this today while looking back at some of my art files on my computer. I was having some fun while testing a rig for "Sideshow" (the collaboritive project I worked on my senior year of college). When I tested the rig, I wanted to do something that actually challenged my animation skills a bit, not just move his arms and legs around. This way I was able to see how well it did in my workflow, and I was able pass on ideas on how to improve the rig. I enjoyed the end product. And ironically, I got to do the shot in the project where the character actually does fall over. You can see it on my demo reel. :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Birds!



Thought I would share some drawings I did a year back. It was a bit of character design for a collaborative school project I was working on called "Sideshow". I was working on the character design part with several other people. These are some of the very first sketches I did. I was trying out different shapes for the bird. Obviously some worked out better than others. :) I think it would be fun to develop a couple of these on my own.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Movie Review - Tin Tin


Last week I went and saw "The Adventures of Tin Tin" in theaters. I have to say, I didn't read the comics growing up, nor had I even heard of it until the trailer came out. So I can't really say wether or not it does justice to the comics. I did enjoy the movie though. It was visually stunning.  The texturing/rendering was very life-like, very impressive. There were moments that left me wondering if some things were actually 3D. The story was also enjoyable and the characters were fun. But, like I said before, I don't know how they compare to the characters in the comics, but I assume the writers gave justice to them. As an animator, I tent to not like whole movies that have been mo-capped. Though it wasn't horrible (better than most I've seen previous), I would have greatly enjoyed to see key frame animation. With that, I think this movie would have been taken to the next level. Even with that, I definitely think it is worth watching. I would love to see it in 3D (missed the last 3D showing for the night when I went). In conclusion - animation was alright for mocap, story was enjoyable, and visuals were amazing.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Opening Sequence

I went and watch Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this week. I really liked what they did for the opening credits. I found an article about this morning on Wired.com. Here's the link: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/01/dragon-tattoo-opening-titles/

Here's a video of the opening credits:



And Here is a bit of the break-down of the shot:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Movie Recommendation - Batman: Under the Red Hood



So I just finished watching Batman: Under the Red Hood. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, but it turned out way better than I had expected. I'm not huge Batman fan, but I still really enjoyed this movie. A bit on the dark side but I think that is just how Batman movies are. And the animation was pretty good too. Anyways, check it out. :)

Yoga for Animators

Someone at work shared this with me the other day. Its yoga to help animators who suffer from pain from sitting and animating all day. I know personally, I some times get real bad pain in my neck. I think I'm going to try this out.

Here's the link:  http://www.onanimation.com/2011/05/20/yoga-for-animators/