Friday, January 27, 2006

Carlos Baena and a New Demo




Well thanks to Kevan, Brett and Sam, I've gotten some fixes done on my reel so I'm posting it again. The film is getting closer to being done. The story is finished, but I'm not going to tell you how it ends, 'cuz I'm sneaky like that. Again, it's a big file, because I'm not so good at figuring out compression , so it's probably best to right click on the image and "save as."In other news, Carlos Baena from Animation Mentor and Pixar Animation Studios will be coming to the school here in Colorado this March. Pretty exciting. I just finished up the poster and am posting that here as well. Keep in mind, I am an animator and I haven't the slightest idea what kerning is so for all you Graphic Design guys out there, you have my humble apology. Take care and tell me what you think.

-Drew

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What!? Now I'm a Flasher!?


Well, one of the required classes here at school is a Flash class. Now I don't think I'd really have a problem with this if I wasn't three months away from graduation and still wanting to just animate. But what I really want to do is animate. I don't want to get bogged down with technical crap. So instead of learning an entirely new interface and workflow for setting keys and whatnot, I decided to give the good ol' Vector renderer a shot. So all I had to do was concentrate on animation and then tweaking a couple of settings in the render globals menu. Now as you can see, I kept it simple and used a very simple setup. The ball is even from someone else. Check out this site for more info about cool rigs and setups.

Anyway, the point that I rapidly digress from is this: Don't let software get in the way of learning animation. I'm not that technically savvy (blanket understatement of the year) but I know what I want to do as a career and I work very hard not to let anything get in the way of that.

ps. This quick little exercise was inspired by Keith's last VTS. Just want to give credit where it's due.

-drew

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I'm Such a Tool!

Well, the drawings the marketing department here at school asked for are being included in the new promotional material for their Pre-College Art Academy. Here's a scan of what is being used. This is from when I was still exploring attitudes for my character, Dudley. I just did the drawings, not the page layout and design. I wish some of those classes were offered as part of the regular curriculum... ahh, sigh! Oh well.

-drew

Template Change

Well I really got sick of looking at the original template I used to start this blog. So I picked a different one. I like it because it's not as common and it's not as busy with all the dots. Same info, though.

-drew

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Well this was Unexpected...

Well, good news. This isn't animation related, but I hope you all will allow me a little time to beam with pride. I know I've let some of you know already, but here's the official announcement. My lovely wife is pregnant. We should be welcoming a wriggling little kid (not sure what kind yet) into the world in late July. The thing that scares me is that I didn't have to pass a test or anything. I never got a license or a certificate or anything. We're just pregnant, that's all.

We're super excited, she's sick and I'm worried about a job (as usual) but we're trusting that all is going to work out.

Proud father-to-be,
-drew

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Second Pass at the Dialogue


Here is a cleaned up version of the dialogue I'm working with. It's also the whole quote. I won't go to extremes with explanation of what is going on here. Let me know if you think it works or not.

Second Pass on Dustin Hoffman Line

-drew

Demo Reel Questions Answered by Kevan

Take a look at Kevan's website. He answered some questions I sent him about demo reels. Pretty insightful answers. And also pretty cool that he took the time to post them. Thanks Kevan!

-drew

Friday, January 06, 2006

Updates to the "Links" Section


Hey, no new animation this time, but I've updated my Links. Just a little cleaner and there's some new stuff there. Definitely check it out. Oh, and here's a little cartoon my friend Ajay sent me. I don't know where he got it, but it made me laugh.

-drew

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dialogue Test and a Render. Oooo!

I've had some time off from school and so I've been able to work on my film a lot more. Also thanks to Kevan Shorey for some great input on the film. You've given me more to go on than a lot of my classes at school have, man.

I also am working on a couple of acting tests at the moment. One is just about ready to get out of linear (yes Keith, I'm still calling it animation and I'm not "just blocking," but that's the phase of animation I'm in.) Until then, here's a quick preview. Crits are more than welcome and I appreciate any input for that matter. I love Dustin Hoffman and his attitude in this clip is so cocky that I couldn't resist.

Yes, that is a Waffle House sign in the background and yes, it does have two letters burnt out. I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't like that. If you've never been there, imagine a Denny's entirely peopled with extras from Deliverence.

Stay tuned for updates and progress on the film.

Dustin Hoffman Line


-drew