Jason Shum Take Down - iAnimate

Interested in jumping in to the exciting game industry. Check out this take down from game animation instructor Jason Shum and join his class for our Spring term: http://www.ianimate.net/workshops/games.html

Posted by iAnimate.net on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Check out his collection of tutorials at Gumroad


Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics

I have been playing with the new MASH tools for Motion Graphics and design in Maya 2017 and am really impressed. Currently, I am working on a piece for the Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 show at USC. I will post when the piece has been shown there here for you all to see. the final output is over 6k wide to be projected on 4 screens.

Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics from Autodesk Media and Entertainment on Vimeo.

MASH - Eyes from Mainframe (North) on Vimeo.

MASH/Curve Warp - Specimen from Mainframe (North) on Vimeo.


Shane Olson - Beginner Zbrush Training: Creating a Simple Cartoon Character

Learn how to digitally sculpt a Cartoon Frog (and Fly) with Zbrush! 

Create parts using Dynamesh and Insert Mesh brushes. Also, learn how to pose your character using the transpose tool. Lastly, use polypaint to add color to your character.

By the end of this course, you should have the general knowledge to build your own simplistic, cartoon character from scratch using Zbrush.


What It Is Like To Be An Animator

Animating Mei’s Frosty :) Highlight Intro

Recording of David Gibson's animation process for animating Mei's "Frosty" Highlight Intro from Overwatch in Autodesk Maya. This video was originally made and presented as part of the Overwatch Exhibit in Blizzard's Irvine Museum.

Character Design by: Arnold Tsang
Character Model by: Renaud Galand
Character Rig by: Dylan Jones
Technical Support and Workflow Tools by: Lan Fang & Dylan Jones.

Overwatch Animation Team:
Ryan Denniston, Jesse Davis, Michael Biancalana, Matt Boehm, Adam York, David Gibson

Music:
"Prepare to Attack" from the Overwatch Collector's Edition Soundtrack available here:
us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/music/overwatch.html


After Effects to Nuke 101 - A Tutorial by BenQ

Many of my students lean on After Effects and it is quite easy to learn but also Ae has limits once you learn the basics of compositing. Ae is a good as a general application. If you are serious about compositing you should really learn Nuke.

This video is sponsored by Benq. This is a brand new series specifically created to help you transition from After Effects to Nuke.
In this first video we do a basic introduction to get you started before you watch more advance videos about Nuke.

I will be showing, side by side, After Effects and Nuke trying to achieve the same result in both applications. We will be talking about the Interface, project settings, Import clips, playback, layers vs nodes, merging layers, blending Modes and exporting.

Please visit: http://www.benq.co.uk


Comedy For Animators

There is a great blog called Comedy For Animators... check it out! The goal is to teach animators about the art of physical comedy as practiced by the masters.

About Comedy for Animators

Intended for animators, story artists, writers and development executives, Comedy for Animators is a book written to introduce you to the remarkable art of physical comedy.   If you want to make  funny cartoons, it’s critical to understand this unique history of characters and stories.   Animation teachers have long told students to “study the great silent comedians.”  You could watch hundreds of hours of silent films, and read a hundred books on theater and film history, then spend time analyzing what you saw and read.  Or you could simply buy this book.  I have done all that for you.  From the ancient Greeks to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.  From vaudeville to recent film stars like Rowan Atkinson and Jackie Chan.  I also include tips from Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and other animators.  I have sifted through vast amounts of material, searching for the most useful concepts to share.  All of it presented to help animators create unforgettable characters and films.


Top Ten Posts On Comedy For Animators


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Made with: Maya/zbrush/yeti/substance painter/guerilla/nuke


A Conversation with Kubo and the Two Strings VFX Oscar Nominees

https://livestream.com/gnomon/kubo-two-strings-vfx

LAIKA’s Oscar-nominated VFX Supervisor, Animation Supervisor and Director of Rapid Prototype will discuss Kubo and the Two Strings at Gnomon ahead of the VES Awards. The panel will bring together Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff, and Brian McLean, and the discussion will be moderated by Emmy-winning character animator and Gnomon Instructor, Laura Barbera. Speakers will take questions from both the stage audience and Livestream viewers during the live event. Tweet questions using #gnomon on Twitter. If you’re in or near Los Angeles, attend for free at 1015 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038. Campus tours will be available.


POKEY POKEY by Jake Zhang

A message from one of my students at USC regarding his film - POKEY POKEY...

The Pokey Team: composer Pantawit Kiangsiri, sound designer Katie Gately, producer Zhen Zeng, graphic designer Shangning Wang, one of story creators Xu Zhou, Chinese version theme song creator 黃衍仁, voice actor Ross Huguet, Music Engineer Dan Blanck, animation helpers Jinzhi Du, Fan Feng, Wan Jinyue, etc. Thank you Joshua Weisbrod for helping revising the script. And sure thanks to the great USC faculties and staffs for your support and help: Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, Sheila M. Sofian, David Fain, Tom Sito, Christine Panushka, Mike Fink, Lisa Mann, Bethany Sparks, Liz Gill Brauer, Eric Hanson, Kathy Smith, Mar Elepano, Sandrine Faucher Cassidy, Eileen Chiao.
Thank you all my classmates from Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. and big thanks to my family especially my wife Xiaowen Liang.

Thank you all and I will keep creating.

Behance project: https://www.behance.net/…/POKEY-POKEY-animated-short-(dark-…
7 Palms Entertainment, LLC, CUT-UP Distribution,

POKEY POKEY

A father attempts to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of the crime-ridden city...
Festivals & Awards list: (updated Jan 2017)
● Winner of Special Storytelling Designation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Best Animation - Bucharest Short Film Festival 2016
● Nomination of Best Animation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Official Selection - Bogota Short Film Festival 2016 (Columbia)
● Official Selection - 43rd Athens International Film + Video Festival 2016 (Academy Award® Qualifying)
● Winner & Official Selection - Animaze Daze Festival Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (France)
● The Best 2d Project - The Vision Feast 2016
● Best Animation - Diversanima Festival 2015 (Chile)
● Special Mention: Animation - Festigious Film Festival 2016
● National Award: Special Mention - Shnit International Short Film Festival 2016 (Multiple cities all over the world)
● Official Selection - Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2016 (US)
● Finalist of Student & Youth Media - 59th CINE Golden Eagle Award
● Distinction Award - Athens Animation Festival 2016 (Greece)
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asia Film Festival (US)
● Second Place Award - Audience Award Animation Shorts Film Competition
● Best Sound - The British Animation Film Festival (London)
● Official Selection - Toronto Reel Asia International Film Festival (Canada)
● Official Selection - DC Shorts Film Festival (US)
● Official Selection - Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival (Japan)
● Official Selection - Tally Shorts Films Festival 2016
● Official Selection - Dam Short Film Festival 2017 (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Ars Independent Festival 2016 (Poland)
● Official Selection - 12th Monterrey Intl. Film Festival 2016 (MX)
● Official Selection - Court Métrange International Festival 2016 (France)
● Official Selection - BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival 2016
● Official Selection - 12th Budapest Short Film Festival 2016 (HU)
● Official Selection - Havah International Short FIlm Festival 2016
● Official Selection - KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2015
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival (United States)
● Official Selection - Underexposed Film Festival 2016 (United States)
● Official Selection - RabbitFest International Animation Festival 2016 (Italy)
● Nomination of Best Animation - USC First Look Film Festival 2016
● Foreign Film Bronze Award - The 13th Global Chinese Universities Film and TV Festival (Hong Kong)
● Silver Medal - 1st Golden Shuanmazhuan Student Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - Corfu Animation Festival 2015 (Greece)
● Official Selection - Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (Mexico)
● Official Selection - USC First Frame Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Animasyros International Animation Festival (Greece)
● Official Selection - Indiearth Animation Film Festival (India)
● Official Selection - Kuala Lumpur ECO Film Festival (Malaysia)
● Official Selection - Spark Animation Festival 2015 (Vancouver, Canada)
● Official Selection - Laguna Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - Weyauwega International Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - 66th Montecatina International Short Film Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Twister Alley International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - The DRAWTASTIC Festival of Drawing & Animation 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Attack! 2016
● Official Selection - ANNY: Animation Night New York 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Nights New York Best of Fest 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Xining FIRST International Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - ScareLA 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - 10th A Night of Horror/ Fantastic Planet Film Festival (Australia)
● Official Selection - British Animation Film Festival 2016 (England)
● Official Selection - Berkeley Video & Film Festival (2016) (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Irvine Film Festival 2017 (US)


40 Free Educational Websites

You should always be striving to be the most well rounded artist you can be so here are 40 Free Educational Websites via I heart Intelligence

1. ALISON –  over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
2. COURSERA – Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
3. The University of Reddit – The free university of Reddit.
4. UDACITY – Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics.
5. MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
6. Open Culture – Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.

7. No Excuse List – Huge list of websites to learn from.
8. Open YALE Courses – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required
9. Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
10. Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
11. TUFTS Open CourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
12. How Stuff Works? – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
13. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
14. VideoLectures.NET – the title says it all – amazing video lectures on many topics.
15. TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
16. Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
17. Udemy FREE Courses – hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business online, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
18. Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.
19. edX.org – Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
20. iTunes U – Apple’s free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations and audio lectures.
21. Liberty Classroom – Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it…
22. Drawspace – Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
23. Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
24. Duke U – Duke offers variety of free courses on iTunesU.
25. Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
26. My own business – Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
27. Kutztown University’s free courses – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business online learning. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
28. Open Learn – Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
29. Free Computer Books – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
30. Academic Earth – Free video lectures from the world’s top scholars.31. American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online
32. BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
33. unplugthetv – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch.
34. Lifehacker – Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
35. JustinGuitar – Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
36. DuoLingo – Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
37. Layers Magazine – Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
38. Creative Flow – list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
39. Open2study – Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
40. OEDb – Choose from over 10,000 free online classes


Pixar's Recruiting Team Shares Invaluable Information During Twitter Q&A Session

Via Pixar Post

Twitter has become one of the most unique social media tools allowing its user base to have a digital connection to people and companies that they admire the most. On Monday, December 19, the Pixar Recruiting team held a very informative Twitter Q&A session - answering more than 100 questions in just over an hour.  If these types of Q&A sessions sound familiar - you'll remember that director Andrew Stanton and most recently director Lee Unkrich both held impromptu Q&A's while experiencing travel delays.

The Pixar Recruiting team did a wonderful job tackling a broad range of topics and sharing invaluable information with those who submitted their questions. This also reminded us of the Steve Job's video, "Don't be afraid to ask for help", where he states, "Most people never pick up the phone, most people never ask, and that's what separates sometimes, the people that do things between the people that just dream about them". 

 

 

@PixarRecruiting what are some intangibles you look for in candidates & some suggestions to highlight them?

@medsan14 Be your authentic self! Other than appreciating our movies, know why you want to work here. That'll help us understand you better!

 

@PixarRecruiting What helps a reel or portfolio stand out from the rest?

@thalliez succinct (no more than 1:30) put only ur best work, keep focused to the discipline you're interested in

 

 

@JoyOfodu yes absolutely! all interns are paired with a mentor and receive consistent feedback

 

Is it possible for some1 who has no formal film-related xperience but is extremely interested in Pixar to get a job there? @PixarRecruiting

@_nikkipoison Yes, there are many jobs that don't require film experience. Check out our careers page! http://www.pixar.com/careers 

 

 

@PixarRecruiting Story Intern: Does enrollment in a workshop CEU qualify to be an Intern candidate?

 

@PixarRecruiting are you hiring for freelancers?

@deborahatorres We don't typically hire freelancers. For shows, project-based positions are called ROS (run of show). Good luck!

 

@PixarRecruiting Hi, and thanks for hosting this! Do you ever do internships for experienced (Gen IT) people who want to work @ Pixar?

@LRacer2 We're glad you're here! Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or graduated w/i the year

 

@PixarRecruiting Do technical interns contribute to PIxar's feature films or short?

@vfxchrono Yes! The TD interns work on films in production. We also have a classroom based internship that is only offered in the summer.

 

@PixarRecruiting What advice would you have for a college sophomore applying for a marketing internship?

@dreespinosa Use your cover letter to tell us about you and why you are interested in marketing. We read all of them!

 

@PixarRecruiting Set Shading: Is coding a must have quality? I focus more on the artistic side.

 

@PixarRecruiting When looking at student reels (for internships), do you prefer the reel that is flawless or the one that has potential?

@CyrusMickaela We like to see projects, finished pieces and work in progress. We're looking for potential for certain!

 

@PixarRecruiting For PUP many different types of application materials are suggested, which do you most like to see?

@jtishler22 Pick a medium that aligns with where you'd like to go: for tech roles: Github/code samples, for art/anim: portfolios, etc.

 

@PixarRecruiting What is the most creative, striking thing you've seen in a story/anime reel that lead to hiring the artist?

@brushmechanic_ clear story telling without any dialogue. knew what characters were feeling by their expressions and body language

 

@PixarRecruiting Can you tell me a little bit about the interview process? Assuming there is one.

@Jdunk55 every discipline has a different interview process but the basics are phone interview, video interview(s), and onsite interview(s)

 

@PixarRecruiting for TD effects internship, what kind of work do you look for in a reel?Does having Live Action film experience help?

@alex_nny LA good; anim better! Houdini exp = great! We need to see that you have a good visual eye.

 

@PixarRecruiting How much does being an intern affect your chances of being hired later down the road?

@OliviaLovesSnow Depending on which internship, it can be a feeder into a more permanent role, depending on studio needs

 

@PixarRecruiting Is it OK to have a degree in animation but apply to work in art or story?

@wendi_locklar absolutely! There are many people working at Pixar in areas that have degrees from other areas. We look for passion!

 

@PixarRecruiting what is your least favorite thing people do when trying to get a job at Pixar? (Besides tweeting at you) ?

@theHsEdition Apply for every open position. We are a studio of specialization and look for individuals with an interest in a specific role

 

@PixarRecruiting Do you hire remote software developers?

@dustineichler Due to the collaborative nature of our Studio, all our employees are here onsite.

 

@PixarRecruiting Do you like to see 2D animation as well as 3D?

 

@PixarRecruiting I am applying to the story internship. What should I definitely have in my portfolio? What are things to avoid?

@chelsealerond17 Story boards she be included. Also include your sketch book. Make it easy to navigate

 

@PixarRecruiting since a lot of editing software is very similar, is being proficient in the one Pixar uses required for an intern?

@_BAMFOn Basic knowledge of the Avid makes us smile in Editorial. Final Cut great, too. Don't have to be pro but we need to build on it.

 

@PixarRecruiting Is there a career path from architecture school to Pixar, designing settings? Many people there with that background?

@imagineerland Yes, there are folks with architecture bg's. They usually do well in modeling depts doing digital assets and sets.

 

@PixarRecruiting @DisneyPixar I would love to work for Pixar. I am a graphic designer currently working at a local newspaper. Need any good graphic designers? ?

@thismeltingsnow @DisneyPixar We don't hire graphic designers often but check our website from time to time


CGI Dreamworks Animation Studio Pipeline

I use this video every year to familiarize my students with the entire production process on a CG film.


Notes on Animation: Cats Don't Dance

A look at the design and animation of forgotten 90's gem Cats Don't Dance. Thanks to Wayne Carlisi of http://1on1animation.blogspot.com
and Frans Vischer of http://fuddles.net


Movie Geometry - Shaping the Way You Think

Have you ever noticed that villains in a story have pointy features and the lovable characters appear to be round-faced?

A new video has revealed why - and how Disney and other filmmakers use the trick to get us to empathize with the hero and hate the villain in movies.

It shows how characters such as Darth Vader and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty have sharp, angular faces made from triangles, while lovable characters such as Baloo from 'The Jungle Book' are made entirely of circles.


Best Tools for Maya Animators from Lester Banks

Lester Banks has posted the Best Tools for Maya Animators on his blog.

The BH Ghost Tool was created by one of my iAnimate students Brian Horgan. I encourage you to check out his website too for more tools.

The only issue with plugins vs mel scripts is many studios will not install tools on the machine for you.  They do not want their image corrupted with plugins (especially those using java in any way). But leaning on these tools for your own films at home is perfectly acceptable.

Below, are the tools I use the most... for the complete list go to Lester Banks Blog.


14. MG Tools

mgToolsby Miguel Winfield for Maya 7.0 and up – One day, somewhere out there, Winfield decided to cull all of his Maya tools together into one massive set and release it online. The result was the famously useful MGTools, which includes timesavers for just about every part of the workflow, including animation.

Possibly most noteworthy of the features is animRescue, which is a simple, lightweight method of backing up any and all changes to your animation, to be restored at anytime should your system crash.

Touted by industry professionals around the world, this one is definitely worth a look. Free and commercial versions available from MGLand

9. Ghost Tools

Ghost Tool, by Brian Horgan A very clever onion skinning solution for those of you fed up with Maya’s wonky built in Ghost feature. Brians Ghost Tools makes use of strokes to create easy to read line drawings. The tool is fast, compact, and loaded with features. Read the full article about it here. Free Download from Brians site

8. ABX Pickerabx-picker

ABX Picker, by J Adam Burke for Maya 2011 – 2013. A junior entry to the best GUI picker list, the strong selling points of this picker are the functionality and the rapid response from the tools developer. A highly rated, well supported user favorite. $20 on CreativeCrash

7. Snap Keys

Snap Keys, (various). This function got a few votes – whether using Maya’s built in snap key function or the custom Snap Keys included with MGTools – there’s also a very useful script over on the 11secondclub forums that prevents Maya from ever creating sub-frame keys.

6. Frame Counter

Frame Counter, (various). Many options are available if you want to add a custom frame counter to your playblast. Head over to this forum post to find scripts for both Max and Maya, or take the lazy route and just download The Frame Counter from CreativeCrash

Try Blue Pencil, or GPencilTool. More reading on other options over at this forum.

4. AnimSchool Picker

AnimSchool Picker, by AnimSchool for Maya and Softimage, all versions. This free tool has a lot going for it for Maya animators. Easy to use, easy to customize and a great depth of features.

Creating pickers is very simple, even adding multiple buttons at the same time is a snap, assigning sets and adding custom backgrounds is simple. But what really adds to the functionality is the ability to assign commands to buttons.

This tool is not only useful for picking controllers in a character rig, it’s also a catch-all solution for making all sorts GUIs.

Infintely faster than building UIs with mel, this tool is a must try for animators and technical artists alike. Free with signed waiver at AnimSchool.

3. Motion Trails

Motion Trail tools, (various). You can of use the built in Maya Motion Trail option, but if you ask the friendly folks at the 11second club, Mr Motion Trail, Arc Tracker or A Piece of Acetate Paper are all excellent alternatives. All free except the acetate, but if you’re like me you can use a dry erase marker right on your screen, what could possibly go wrong?

1. Pose Library

Pose Library, (various). Far and away the most useful and requested tool is the Pose Library. Whether it’s feature work, TV series or personal projects, there’s no substitute for an easy way to save and import your poses. I can’t imagine a production running smoothly without a way to import animation cycles, hand poses or face shapes. Invaluable to Maya animators.

If I didn’t have a pose library, I’d probably punch a baby elephant in the butt.

Here are three of the best tools for saving and importing animation data. PoseLib, Studio Library and PoseMan.


Academy Reveals 2016 Student Oscar Winners

once-upon-a-line-alicja-jasinaI am so proud of one of my USC students, Alicja Jasina, who one a student academy award in animation for her film - Once upon a Line.

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year -- 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities -- which were voted by a record number of Academy members. The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

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The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

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All These Voices, David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
Cloud Kumo, Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
The Swan Girl, Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management
Animation

Die Flucht, Carter Boyce, DePaul University
Once upon a Line, Alicja Jasina, USC
The Wishgranter, Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design
Documentary

Fairy Tales, Rongfei Guo, New York University
4.1 Miles, Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City, Elise Conklin, Michigan State University
Narrative

It’s Just a Gun, Brian Robau, Chapman University
Nocturne in Black, Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
Rocket, Brenna Malloy, Chapman University
Foreign Narrative

Invention of Trust, Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
Tenants, Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (Poland)
Where the Woods End, Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
Foreign Animation

Ayny, Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)
Foreign Documentary

The Most Beautiful Woman, Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)


Pixar and the Aesthetic Imagination

Animation, Storytelling, and Digital Culture | Pixar and the Aesthetic Imagination

Eric Herhuth (Author)

In Pixar and the Aesthetic Imagination, Eric Herhuth draws upon film theory, animation theory, and philosophy to examine modes of animation storytelling that address aesthetic experience within contexts of technological, environmental, and socio-cultural change. Since producing the first fully computer-animated feature film, Pixar Animation Studios has been a creative force in digital culture and popular entertainment. But more specifically, its depictions of uncanny toys, technologically sublime worlds, fantastic characters, and sensorial intensities explore aesthetic experience and its relation to developments in global media, creative capitalism, and consumer culture. This investigation considers Pixar’s artificial worlds and transformational stories as opportunities for thinking through aesthetics as a contested domain committed to newness and innovation, as well as criticism and pluralistic thought.


Sword and the Stone Shot Analysis by James Chiang

Sword and the Stone Shot Analysis by James Chiang

http://www.animatedspirit.com/shot-analysis-sword-in-the-stone/


Lesson: Biomechanics and Balance

This is part of a series I have started of lessons from my class lectures. I will choose a topic from time to time to expand on. If you have ideas for a topic please contact me with topics.

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Understanding Kinematics: You must ask yourself these questions to understand how far to push a pose and find the balance line within the pose.

  • How limber is the individual?
  • How long are limbs?
  • Stamina?
  • Weight and Balance?

There is an invisible line that runs from your character's head and neck to the feet.  This plumb line defines the balance in your poses. To check this line in CG you must look at your poses from all angles.TIP5

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Gravity:

  • Gravity is constantly affecting the body in both static and dynamic movement.
  • Gravitational downward pull on an object.
  • Understanding gravity, the COG (Center of Gravity) will help you create solid poses.

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COG and Balance:

  • The COG is the point of a body at which all the mass may be concentrated.
  • The force of gravity acts vertically downwards from this point.
  • Basically, the body balances around this point.
  • The COG of a body is at its geometrical center.

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Some tips for posing:

  • Don’t move anything unless it’s for a purpose.
  • Don’t move anything unless it’s for a purpose.
  • Don’t create a pose without knowing why.
  • Do get the best animation poses by exploring all avenues.
  • Do picture in your head what it is you’re animating.
  • Do think in terms of creating an entire pose, not just the head or eyes, etc.
  • Do keep a balanced relation of one part of the character's pose to the other.
  • Do stage the camera for the most effective poses.