Finally I finished the work that I started a little less than a year ago. A Demo Reel exemplifying my current animation skill. This reel shows what I can do, at this point in time. Although it’s far from “complete”, and it will always be a work in progress, I am proud of how far I have come & even prouder still of the amount of effort and personal sacrifice it has taken me to put together this body of work. It is testament to the lack of social life I have had this year. The amount of times I have had to say “no” to outings & events— ESPECIALLY this summer. No Barbecues, no pool parties, no beach, no Holiday celebrations. To sum it up- No Days Off.
The amazing thing is, in having done all this work, and seeing the completed project- it only makes me realize how much MORE work I have to do, and that this is just the beginning.
All that being said… I need to GO TO BED. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks!
MY MOST RECENT SHOT (in progress)
This is the shot I have been working on for a little over a month now. My goal was to make it the best one yet… and I did. But after getting some tough, honest feedback (although it was accurate & much appreciated by me) from a professional animator friend of mine who is working in the field I want to be in, I realized I still have a long ways to go.
I had hopes of finishing this shot, adding it to my small (but hard-worked) reel & applying for jobs this month. So although this is by far my best shot it has come to my attention the audio is not easily understand at all and it was recommended I start from scratch. Also after reading the feedback I feel I may have to throw out ALL my reel shots and start anew— thereby pushing back my deadline & keeping me that much longer/farther from my goals.
It is VERY disheartening…
However, I always want nothing but true & honest feedback and I have the desire to be the best. It’s just a shame because although I know I have MUCH more to learn, I was hoping I was at least at the level where I would be accepted into a studio and I could continue learning, from professionals. Because I fear that I have reached the limit of what I can do on my own.
Since I am not going to take this shot into Splines & finish it, I decided I could share the “final blocking” with you all now.
I am going to go back to the drawing board and spend my 4-day weekend recouping, re-evaluating & planning a hopefully more successful shot, that I can work on for the rest of this month.
I STILL thank my professional friend VERY much, because their eyes are the ones that matter most at this point in my journey…
My new Mouth shapes drawn…
The 1st pic are my ORIGINAL mouth shapes, that I was actually going to move forward with on my shot?!
The other 4 pictures after, show my improved mouth shapes. And after seeing them, it’s obvious that I did NOT spend enough time trying to find appealing well shaped mouth forms. Clean lines, smooth shapes.
I forgot one of the basic animatic rules: If it makes an appealing drawing, it will make an appealing pose/shape/form on the screen.
And at this “professional” level, EVERYTHING deserves the proper time & detail!
It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted anything on my animation blog. And I apologize. But take solace in knowing that, that does not mean I HAVEN’T been animating.
I’ve actually been animating ALL year! On my own personal shots & animation tests.
I’ve actually animated MORE in the last 6 months, than I have in the last 6 years since I graduated college! (Wow, I know.)
I am finishing up a long hard journey of trying to prepare myself and get my work up to a level I deem fit to start applying at animation studios for work. Right now, I am trying to finish one last, small, shot I want to add to my portfolio (aka Demo Reel) before I spend the rest of the summer job hunting like a maniac!
Besides this last small shot adding some padding to my Demo Reel, I am also attempting to take my skills to their next level- getting them one step closer to feature film & production quality standards. So I thought I should get blogging again & share the steps I learn as I finish this next shot.
Today I am working on drawing the mouth shapes I will need to lip-sync my character with the audio dialogue clip. This is a step I have done for all my speaking shots, but I definitely noticed something new today. I have been watching (& re-watching) the trailer for Disney’s newest animated feature Wreck-It Ralph (releasing Nov. 2012) & I am blown away at the simple beautiful mouth-shapes the main character, Wreck-It Ralph makes! Specifically in the first scene of him in the “Bad guys Support group”!
I’ve heard before on behind-the-scenes footage from other animated films, an importance for “clean”, un-complicated shapes when doing lip-sync & for some reason I have forgotten that detail when going over everything else. So going forward I am going to redraw my mouth shapes used in my upcoming shot and hopefully simply them and get them to a better standard. In my attempt to hurry and finish this shot up so I can start to apply and hopefully transition to the next phase in my life I am starting to “rush” my animation process and lose some of the details. Which I cannot allow. Because it IS and always has been, the details that get you the job. So I plan to slow down a bit… take my time, and make sure that I am doing ALL I can to make this last shot, the best shot, I have ever done.
That’s the only way to grow as a professional.
Aight, here’s my FIRST entry ever for the 11 Second Club. Its OK… but I will do a much better job on this months!
So I was watching the movie Star Trek (the 2009 movie, not one of the old school ones) for like the 4th time, the other day—- And noticed something I may have missed before (or just forgotten about).
Simon Pegg’s character (the guy behind the glass at about :44 seconds) gives the FUNNIEST limited reaction I’ve seen in a movie in quite some time. His comedic timing is just on point!
But after seeing a post from my friend & Disney animator Bobby Pontillas just the day before, I decided to break down for myself, why I thought Pegg’s reaction was so perfect.
For a quick background on whats going on in this scene, the two characters that kiss work together on the space ship. Both of them very professional. both never showing publicly any affection for the other. So its quite a surprising, awkward moment for everyone else on the ship to witness them kiss for the first time so tenderly out in the open.
But Pegg’s reaction is spot on because he shows on his face, what we the audience & every character on that ship is thinking; “Did that really just happen??” It was his body being so still, but his eyes moving so much, in such a un-orthodox pattern, that really reads as, “I’m confused”. Haha!