Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Animation Contest!

Alright! Let's do a second Fall 2010 contest! The last round can be seen here.

Tomorrow a new round will start and the details are:

- Start: December 1st - End: December 15th
- 100 frames, not more
- 2 weeks to complete the animation
- $50 Amazon prize for the winner
- 1280x720 is a good size
- include a frame counter

And the topic is: Switch

850 METERS teaser

Check out the teaser and learn more about it here.

850 METERS teaser from THURISTAR on Vimeo.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fall Animation Contest Winner

And the winner of the Fall 2010 Spungella Animation Contest is...

Ted Lister!!!!

Great entries, overall really solid work! Thanks for participating! Here all the entries:

Spungella Animation Contest - Fall 2010 - "Flying School" from Jean-Denis Haas on Vimeo.

Tangled was awesome

Congratulations to everybody involved! The movie was really good and the animation was absolutely out of this world and, to me, set a new standard (the horse Maximus... holy moly). Everything was so appealing, the poses were great, the designs fantastic, it was just all in all a Disney movie how I remembered it yet still new enough. And it was great as a CG movie. I read many comments where people would have preferred a 2D version of it (and I admit I often say the same thing, especially after going through art-of books, where I long for 2D versions), but this time I have to disagree, I absolutely loved the look and style. I want to see the movie again and I would love to see many more like this. And it's great to see that the box office numbers are high as well, it's so deserved.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those who celebrate this day, Happy Thanksgiving! And even if not, I just wanted to say thank you to all the readers who visit this site, the people who send me tips, who comment on posts, etc. etc.

Thank you!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

CTN Animation Expo 2010

CTN 2010 was absolutely fantastic! I had such a good time! The panels were great, meeting old friends and meeting new ones was a lot of fun and being part of the AM Creature panel was so cool! Hats off to the Animation Mentor staff who organized the event and of course everybody involved who made CTN possible. Can't wait for next year!!

'Tangled' Hair Demo with Kelly Ward

Check out this clip about the hair in "Tangled". Some of that footage was shown at this year's CTN Tangled panel.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anim Contest, CTN and 11secondclub

Busy week! Definitely more slammed with work than usual but it's very exciting!

First, a reminder that the Spungella Animation Contest ends this week on Friday. You can submit your work via email up until Friday midnight!

Second, I will be at CTN this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the main event being the Animation Mentor "Animals & Creatures Animation Breakdown Panel" on Saturday. So if you're there, come on by!

And last but not least, you can check out my first 11secondclub eCritique for the October winner! The winning clip is really cool!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Awesome! Check out the new Kennyroy.com site! Looks there will be a ton of great material available! Big reveal on November 19th!

CG Studio Map

Head over to cgstudiomap.com and look for studios!

And there is gamedevmap.com and wayfaring.com as well!

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Animation Contest in progress! Topic: Flying School

Reminder, contest starts today and ends 11/19/10.

Topic: Flying School
Length: 100 frames (include frame counter)
Email me your clip (quicktime or link to your movie)
Prize: $50 Amazon purchase

Good luck and have fun!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall 2010 Spungella 100 Frame Animation Contest

That's right everybody, let's do another contest!! This week we will narrow down the topics. So if you have any cool ideas, leave a comment!

As always, 100 frames, 1 week, $50 Amazon prize! Include a frame counter!

Let's do this thing!!

>> Looks like CTN is cutting into the time frame (there is ALWAYS something around screwing up the schedule, hahaha!)

So let's do Friday to Friday.

START: Friday, November 12th
END: Friday, November 19th

Flying School

Email me your clip (or link to your clip - quicktime preferred) end of day Friday.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Demo Reel Review via AM

Check out the CTN specific site for all things AM and CTN!

Among all the cool stuff that's going on at CTN you can now enter the AM Facebook contest and win a Demo Reel Review by yours truly! Oh boy, picky Swiss animator dissecting a reel, who's in??!?! :)
Bonus points for those who include a Kakaaa moment! ;)

Encore - ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom - Teaser

Hope it's as good as the first one!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fox on Trampoline

Cute reference!

The Letter by Jamie Gallant

I'm always a big fan of masking an "exercise" shot. For instance, character sitting down. Sure, you could just focus on the mechanics and go through the motions. But it's more interesting if you give the character a reason, where the action in the shot is driven by a situation, emotions, so that the focus is not just on "sitting down".

Found this cool clip @ onanimation.com

The Letter from Jamie Gallant on Vimeo.