Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Join me at CTN Animation Expo
In case you've been living under a rock, here's a reminder that the CTN Expo is happening again in Burbank, this November 16-18. It's a great event for animators and animation-lovers, and is always crawling with talented, inspiring people. I'll be there representing The Animation Collaborative as well as hanging with my buddies at Animation Mentor. The AnimC guys and I will be doing a presentation on Saturday at 12:30pm, we'll be doing some reel reviews, and I'll be on another panel ("Conversations With Creators") Sunday at 1pm. I promise to be better behaved this time!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Can't wait for this to come out!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
The Making of Paperman
Paperman is a new short film from Disney that will premiere in front of Wreck It Ralph this November. It was directed by former Pixar animator John Kahrs, and I had the pleasure of previewing it a few months ago. The Disney artists employed some new technology to blend hand-drawn animation with CG animation, and the result is quite beautiful to behold. You can see a technical breakdown of the process here, and there's more Making Of… info here.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Movies on Vimeo
This basically represents my training over the course of a month or two, as well as my first production assignment: an acceptance speech by Jessie for her induction into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. It's nice to look back and see how much I've learned!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Animation Mentor's 2012 Student Showcase
AM's annual Student Showcase reel is online, and is as inspirational as ever. Way to go, AMer's!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Updated: Animation Thumbnails
I've added a few from Finding Nemo, and a bunch more to my Incredibles gallery. I'm in the process of updating my reels as well, though obviously I can't show my Brave work yet...
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Restored: Animation Thumbnails and Caricatures
Back when I accidentally changed the template of my blog, a few of my page links got lost. Those included my collections of animation thumbnails and caricatures. I've just moved all these images to Flickr and added the links back to the page.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Brave behind-the-scenes footage
No spoilers in here, but you do get a peak at our animation software. We're looking forward to our company wrap party this weekend at a secret location, and the movie premieres on June 22nd. I'm just as curious as you to see how it's turned out!
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Anim C summer session
Just a quick plug for the Animation Collaborative, a learning space for animators and artists in Emeryville, CA, right across the street from Pixar. It's an intimate environment with small class sizes, and it's a great place to learn from working professionals. I teach there, as well as some of my fellow Pixarians, and they're now accepting applications for their summer workshops. Classes include Animation Critique, Story, Character Design, and an Intensive Demo/Lecture workshop. Check out their web site for more info.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Full-Day Session: Breaking Down the Animated Shot
I'll be presenting a breakdown of some of my Pixar work in a live session in Berkeley, CA on June 30, 2012. Joining me will be other animators from Dreamworks and Tippett Studios. The event goes from 8am to 4pm, and breakfast and lunch are included. This event is sponsored by AnimationMentor.com and Autodesk, and you can get more info here. Register by June 8 to get a discount. I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Flour Sack Animation Test
Friday, April 06, 2012
UPDATE: looks like the video has been privatized. Bummer.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Animation Critique on 11SecondClub.com
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Ralph McQuarrie, 1929-2012
This past Sunday, one of my personal icons passed away. Ralph McQuarrie was a fantastic artist, and among other things, he was a concept artist and matte painter on the original Star Wars trilogy. Of course I loved these films as a kid, but even more so, I loved the Art of Star Wars books and the Star Wars Sketchbooks, among which his art was featured heavily. He and Joe Johnston really defined the look of the Star Wars universe. His designs and rendering were hugely influential on my own work as well, and he fired my imagination like no one else. He had fantastic design sensibilities, great composition and color, and his work always had a real sense of "place", of existing somehow. I spent hours staring into the worlds he created, and was inspired to copy them and try to build on his vision. I'm deeply saddened at this loss, and I would have loved to have met him in person, if only to thank him for him impact on my life and career. I still have my old Star Wars portfolio (somewhere), and the cover features what is probably my favorite of his paintings.
Thank you, Ralph.
Monday, March 05, 2012
The Story of Animation
Sunday, March 04, 2012
This just kills me!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
New Brave footage online
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Brave web site is go!
More trailers to come soon...
Monday, February 20, 2012
Everything is a Remix
This ties in nicely to the recent debate about SOPA/PIPA. I highly recommend that you check out the 3 earlier installments as well.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Whoops, new template I guess
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The explanation I've seen of SOPA/PIPA, and Why You Should Care
Here is a link to an online petition you can sign, and here is a link that will provide you with the contact information of your senators so you can call them and urge them to oppose these bills.