Sunday, February 27, 2011

Animator video blog - week 3

Lessons learnt this week: remember to charge camera battery before setting up to record; remember to bring extra files home to be put into video; I say yeah! a lot; I have really poor memory so recounting the week is a lot harder than it looks; specially when I forget words that I knew five seconds ago; over half of the recorded video (that's now on the cutting room floor) is me staring silently at the camera, or at a random wall in my room or me coughing.

15 minutes recording, hour for editing.

I ♥ video editing.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Screenshot of my modeling progress.
Sorry Frank. I neglected to render this properly.

Walk cycle

Walk Maxie boy! Walk!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Animator video blog - week 2

Lessons learned this week: uploading a 14mb file on a dinky dialup connection takes forever; how to balance ones camera; inserting one clip over the top of another; did I mention that the upload to youtube took over an hour?; props are good and bad at the same time. At least when I'm involved; while I love learning all this editing, I'm already sick of seeing my face;

Friday, February 18, 2011

The letter t

concepts and the unfinished character sheet for my seahorse letter t :)

The moment of contact

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Stopmotion power!!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ukraine's Got Talent - Storytelling sand

That's all real time. Yes, she works that fast. Amazing stuff.

She's got her own YouTube Channel with more videos like that, but some of them you can't tell if they're real time. I think it's bothersome that they've edited out bits. Still fun to watch though.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Animator video blog - week 1

Done because I'm a silly girl who wants to learn video editing and all that.
And because it was ridiculously fun.

An hour worth of filming. Hour and a half for editing.

Lessons learnt: if can't think of what to say remain silent because it makes it easier to edit; I say fun an awful lot; Write some notes beforehand about what is being covered because chances are I won't remember them; enthusiasm dies quickly when you have to repeat yourself several times; clean bedroom.

Friday, February 11, 2011

News Stuff: This week in the world of cool things

So a number of things have popped up over the last week or so that I've not only found interesting but find myself rather excited about. So lets start from the top shall we.

So first off the news bat, offical word has come that Nickelodeon and Dark Horse are releasing a series of comics revolving around Avatar: The Last Airbender. These tales will contain previously published yet presently unobtainable stories as well as new content that picks up after where the animated series left off. Exciting news huh?
Here's some of the speal from the original article.

"The Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures will be released TK. This all-new 240-page comic book contains over 70 pages of never-before-seen material in addition to long-out-of-print comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine. With 26 stories set in Airbender continuity and created by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series, this is an essential addition to any fan’s bookshelf.

Additionally, Dark Horse will create all-new Airbender stories that will be published as digest-style original graphic novels—conveniently sized paperback collections—in early 2012. Picking up where the season three finale left off, this new series will follow the further adventures of Aang and his friends, as they help to rebuild a world torn apart by 100 years of war.

“We had a great experience collaborating with Dark Horse on Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Art of the Animated Series,” series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino said. “We are excited to work closely with them once again to bring the further adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends to the comic world.”

Second in my prattle of news comes the announcement of a new podcast begining next month called Paper Wings.

Hosted by Lora Innes (creator of The Dreamer) and Disney artist Chris Oatley it will cover "all aspects of visual storytelling. Chris brings an animator’s perspective and insight into the movie and film industry, and Lora brings experience in comics–both for print and web."

Acording to Lora's blog: "The show will post new episodes twice a month–each a 30 minute segment, one episode focusing on art, the other on story."

I'll post a reminder when the show starts up, in the mean time check out Lora's and Chris's websites. They're both fantastic artists and it's well worth the poke around.

For more details about the podcast check HERE, HERE or HERE for more details.

After dicovering that last piece of news I found a few gems over at Chris's blog. My favorite being the release date for another animated movie that I didn't know was coming.
Hoodwinked Too - Hood vs Evil.

Now if anyone remembers the original Hoodwinked you should notice that this one visually looks a little different and a couple of the voices have changed. Expected to realease in the US at the end of April (there's no confirmed release date for Australia yet), I think it'll definantly be funny if anything.

Mah world

Mah world. The first sightings.

Maxie boy

Max starring as The Thinker.
Experimented with some dynamic lighting

Time capsule: where I want to be?

Where do I want to be? What do I want to do? That's a hard question and one with an answer that's constantly changing. If you had asked me that a few years ago I would have said PIXAR but things change as time flows.

Presently I kind of have a list of things detailing where I'd like to be and what I'd like to be doing. They're a bit jumbled but they're still in the raw form that spilt from my head. Some are general life, others are art related. All in all it's my list of wants and dreams :)

- I want to be producing webcomics (at least 1) on a regular basis (TEAM ZiNE)
- I want to have gone to Auckland and have met the folks from a Texas based studio
- I want a steady income
- I want to write some new tutorials
- I want to have a MacBook pro laptop
- I want to be ready and rearing to travel
- I want to have a high quality student film to submit to 2012 film festivals
- I want a new business card and a cool looking portfolio to hand out so that the awesome studio from Texas will hire me
- I want to improve my people/social skills
- I want get even better at drawing and backgrounds
- I want to have some story ideas in planning/scripting stage

But most of all
-I want to be working doing the things that I love

Wait a minute. Scratch that. I want should be I will ;)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Song of the Sea

From the creators of the Secret of Kells comes "Song of the Sea".
More details here

This looks so pretty.