Thursday, October 21, 2010

Scared kid reference - Tesla Roadster 2.5 Acceleration

I remember my godfather doing the same to me in an old Ferrari when I was a kid. Scary as hell but so much fun!!!

Animation Mentor at CTN 2010

Animation Mentor will be at CTN holding a really cool Animals & Creatures panel with Tippett animators Jim Brown, Brian Mendenhall and ILM animators Peter Kelly and yours truly! From what I've been told it's going to be on November 20th at lunch, so come on by!!

Jim was at ILM for a bit and he did awesome work and Pete is amazing. Can't wait to meet Brian and all the other awesome artists at CTN!

Tick Tock Tale

Head over to for a sneak peek at "Tick Tock Tale".

An animator’s approach to Disney Epic Mickey

- found @

Stepped to Smooth Key Tutorial

Head over to and check out the multi-part tutorial on how to take your stepped keys to polished smooth ones. Found via bclark_cgchar and animtip tweets.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Animation Mentor Newsletter - October 2010

New month, new Animation Mentor Newsletter! For October you get:

- Web Enabled: How Two Animators Used the Internet to Gain Fame
- Pixel 5 Conference in Vienna, Austria
- Animation Mentor @ CTN in November
- Online Campus Tour
- Paper Plane: A Short Film by Animation Mentor Alumnus Margherita Premuroso
- Featured Mentor Serguei Kouchnerov
- Featured Alumnus Jess Morris (go Jess!)
- The Process of Polishing a Shot: Tips & Tricks with Michal Makarewicz (watch this!!)

Cars 2 Teaser

Sure is a teaser!

For artwork, go to pixarplanet and follow the link.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chuck's New Tux

How to train your Dragon bonus feature and pencil test

Quick reminder for those who own the Blu-ray version of How to Train Your Dragon. From highdefdiscnews:

“Finding The Story” (52:32 – 1080p HD) is a BD-Live EXCLUSIVE feature that will be streaming online for users on release date. The studio was kind enough to provide us with a burnt BDr (recordable Blu-ray Disc) of this entire “making of” style featurette. Again, this featurette is NOT included on the actual disc itself, it will be streamed via BD-Live and requires the user to be on a “Profile 2.0” capable Blu-ray Disc Player with Internet connectivity. This features Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound.

That making-of is really cool, check it out!

Then, via Mike Stern's twitter, check out Matt Williams' super sweet pencil tests for the bonus short, The Legend of the Boneknapper:

HTTYD PT 3 from handdrawn on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tips and observations of bird flight

There's a fantastic tutorial about flight dynamics related to animals (thanks Ting for the tip!). It's by Brendan Body and you can check it out here. Go check it out, it's really in depth.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind

Reminds me a bit of Emmet Brown and Ledger's Joker? :)
I like how he calms down around 3mins which really emphasis his point. Fun guy to watch!
Thanks Atle for the tip!