Just finished up my second dialogue piece as well. I'm not quite as happy with it but perhaps that's just because it got off to a rocky start, as I'm not getting much criticism from fellow animators. Amusingly, non animators seem to like this one a lot more than the other one. Boggles my mind. If you have some critique, please please do chime in!
So what have I been up to, eh? Well I quit my animation job of FIVE years about 2 months ago. That's actually probably a long time to stay at one studio, now that I think of it. I also took a term off AM. That's right, directly from over a year of absolutely no free time and into nothing BUT. I still don't think I've managed to utilize that time as well as I'd like, but isn't that always the way? Not to mention, I live in the freezer of the country and my favorite free time pasttime...? ...going outside! Alas. I guess I should've thought this thing through a little more. ;)
Anyway, I've been working on fixing up some assignments from AM, planning and gathering reference for my short, and getting in some much needed R&R. Though I am very much looking forward to going back to my last term at AM next month!!!
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is my first dialogue piece from AM, completely finished:
Well hello there Mr Blog. Yes, my blog is a mister because that's how I roll.
I would promise to post more often, but I'm gonna guess that is the absolute most cliché blog promise in the world.
For now, I would just like to plug this wonderful book I just read.
John Canemaker wrote a book over a decade ago, on the Nine Old Men that is just a wonderful must read for aspiring animators. even if you aren't a crazy aspiring animation historian like I am, you can get a lot out of it. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"[Ward] Kimball studied all the performing arts, including ballet. Once he proved to his doubting daughter Kelly (then a preteen studying dance) that he knew all the classical ballet foot positions. "He did everything perfect," she discovered with amazement. "He had his body right, he had his arms right. I realized this is a man who watched ballet and he really is what he says you have to be as an animator. You just have to know everything!"
"If you're going to spend two days on the scene, you ought to spend the first day with your arms folded staring at a blank piece of paper. Because until you can visualize the thing and know exactly what you're going to do with it, you can't draw it." -- Ham Luske
Every drawing in your scene has to be acting. For example, Laurence Olivier, wouldn't just have acting on poses -- he moves between them. His thought processes are working between poses, and his acting is continued through every frame of film. That's the way you have to do it. So many guys will just use the extreme poses to show their acting and that isn't correct. -- Fred Moore
The whole thing with creativity is that there's something new to do out there. Why not give it a try? -- Marc Davis
Next time I'll give a much delayed update on my life.
I am a Junior Staff Animator at Blue Sky Studios, currently working on Rio 2. I also temped there on Ice Age 4 and Epic. What a fun place to work!
Before that, I broke into feature by animating at Rhythm & Hues for Alvin & The Chipmunks 3, and at Sony for the Smurfs before that.
I grew up in southern Rhode Island and went to school at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, graduating in 2003. I quickly got a job at Anzovin Studio in Northampton, MA, leaving after five years to enroll in Animation Mentor.
I like to travel and have spent a lot of time kayaking in Florida, and driving to almost all of the states in the US, mostly for outdoorsy reasons.