Monday, July 21, 2014

See you at Comic Con!

I'm looking forward to attending the San Diego Comic Con this week in my home town.  I haven't been in about 5 years so I'm well overdue.  This will be my kids' introduction to the Con, so hopefully they wont get freaked out by all the masses of crazy fans!  I'll probably only be there on Thursday and Friday, and I don't know if I'll have time to wait in line for any panels, but if you're going to be there, definitely try to check out the Toy Story That Time Forgot panel on Thursday.  Pixar will be showing a sneak peak of our latest Toy Story-based TV special.  Check out the cool promotional poster by Mike Mignola:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Acting and story analysis of Frozen

Here's an interesting article by Ed Hooks about the story structure and performances in Disney's mega-hit. He makes some interesting observations and I think it's a good read for animators and writers alike.  Plot dissection aside, I was really impressed with the animation in Frozen.  At Pixar we recently had the pleasure of seeing Lino DeSalva (head of animation on Frozen) discuss their process for creating such consistent and appealing performances in such a short amount of time. I found it very inspiring and I really feel they're pushing the medium forward. 

Meanwhile we're deep into production on our Summer 2015 film, Inside Out, for which I am a Supervising Animator along with Shawn Krause. It's a lot of hard work, but the characters are really fun - and challenging!  It's a different style of animation than we've done in previous features, and the story is unique, thoughtful, and deeply moving. Animation is supposed to wrap in late November, so we've got lots of work left to do. It's a pleasure working so closely with director Pete Docter, and it's the most fun I've had at work in years. I can't wait until we can share more info and images with the world...  I don't want to jinx it, but I think it may turn out to be my favorite Pixar film!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sochi Olympics frame by frame

Here's a cool article in the NY Times with plenty of multiple exposure photos. Great reference for arcs and spacing!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

See you at CTN eXpo!

I'll be down in Burbank for the annual CTN animation expo from November 15-17.  In addition to wandering the show floor and catching up with old friends, I'll be participating in a couple of events with fellow coworkers and Animation Collaborative teachers Michal Makarewicz and Royce Wesley:

Conversation with Animators - Sat., Nov. 16 at 4pm

Getting the Most Out Of Your Demo Reel - Sun. Nov. 17 at 1pm

I'll also be at the Animation Collaborative booth reviewing animation reels on Saturday at 10:30am.  I hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rob 'n' Ron

I got a kick out of this short by the same folks that brought you "The Story of Animation":

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wurst trailer yet

Check out this mouth-watering trailer from Pixar animator and stop-mo afficianodo Carlo Vogele:

More gory details here.