Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I looooooong while back I posted a link to the teaser of Mr Hublot that is being created by the talented people at Zeilt Productions. This is one of the latest renders from the short that will be coming out soon. I was fortunate enough to work on the film and I think its going to be something really cool. I am a big fan and follower of the sculptor Stephane Halleux's (check him out if your not familiar) work who the character and world are based from. This was kinda how I found that the short was being created... If this image is a taste of how the film is going to look, it should be some nice eye candy.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
-There has been a lot of news about Dreamworks Animation and the performance of the studio over the past few months. "The Croods" is performing well and people at the studio are happy, relieved, and still probably a bit nervous. All businesses have 'ups & downs', but there is only one solution and that is to keep moving forward.
-I probably wont post my animation reel from the film for a while but here are some screen grabs from a few shots I worked on. This was my second favorite film to work on in my career so far and we had a good time making it. James Baxter was a great HOCA, Chris and Kirk were fun directors who knew what they wanted, and the animation team worked as a unit. Animation is a job I love and will never complain about what I do. There is stress in all professions, but when I sit back and reflect on all the jobs I have had or could be doing for a living... the stress goes away.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
This is only a few of the Brothers working in animation today, but the numbers are slowly growing. Its not enough in my opinion so we are disucssing ways to bring more the information about "Careers in Animation" to more Black Youth... Stay Tuned
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
So.. Croods has finished up and I have been moving forward on the next project which is the "Penguins of Madagascar" Movie. Its crazy how popular the characters have become so it seemed like an easy decision for Dreamworks to make a film starring the whacky 'foursome'.
The thing that I am finding out is that the Penguins are fun and challenging at same time. They move in a cartoony manner but much of the movement is wildly creative and unexpected. Their body and facial changes make them pretty interesting to watch in the Madagascar world. I am sure this is one of the biggest contributing factors to there overall appeal.
Not only will the animation prove to be a challenge, but also trying retain the essence of characters that are well known and loved by millions. The fans understand who the characters are and have a connection to them in a much different way than the animators. As animators we will have to bring the audience the Penguins they know as well as reveal new things about them. The end result should be a greater appreciation and an overall enjoyable experience.
I have heard so many people bash our studio for making sequels or spin offs, but in the grand scheme the general public loves the characters we create. I remember when I was a kid.... I was devastated when Optimus Prime died in Transformers the movie. My point is that I wanted more and more spin offs because I loved the characters beyond what adults may understand. I guess its hard for some of us to remember that as we get older. The memories of childhood leave many of us, but some try to retain it as much as we can.
"If you make memorable characters, they will live forever"
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Me, James Baxter, & Sean Sexton
Well... thats another film in the bag and I have to say that Croods and Surfs Up were my favorite films to work on so far. I am completely grateful that I got to work with James Baxter and Chris Sanders. Its still pretty crazy to me. As you are learning animation, you find those few guys that help push yourself, inspire, and help define where you want to take your animation. James is definitely one of those guys for me.
I will cherish my experience and hopefully we will work together again on another project
On to the Next One....
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My friends at Valve have set up a new way for content to be placed on the web. Steam Greenlight is the exciting new platform that allows independent developers get voted into the Steam service. I love this idea I am looking for your support. You need a Steam account to vote so if you dont have one.... its a great time to get it regardless because Valve has placed some great games and other downloadable content at your finger tips. (read more below)
If you click the image, it will take you directly to my Steam Greenlight page. I want to thank you in advance and I looking forward to adding more content to Steam if this goes well
all the best & keep grinding'
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Once I found out there was a horse in Tangled I began studying them after I got the offer to work on the project. A lot of videos, books, drawings, and anatomy and movement studies to prepare. I tried to get the four forward motions in to the test (Walk,Cantor, Gallop, & Run), but I think I only got 3. Anyway...after all the study I did one shot with Maximus where he pretty much does nothing...hahaha. I am sure I will have to animate a horse at some point in my career.