CG & Resources & Rig Reviews & Rigs

Thinking Animation – New Maya Rigs Section

Every day riggers are releasing more and more really well-done rigs for FREE! So, I have re-worked my Maya Rig section to accommodate. The rigs listed in the Maya section on the left menu have all been tested at some point by myself and/or my students. These are the rigs I recommend. I have separated the rigs by the level of detail and controls. Simple rigs are separated under NEWBIE. The more intermediate level rigs are under JUNIOR – BIPED and…

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Facial Animation & Learning

19 Smiles and Only 6 Are for Happiness

BBC Future Tells Us Why Smiles Are Not All The Same Our grins are not as simple as they seem. There are a myriad different ways to smile – and some of them can conceal some less than happy feelings. Of 19 different types of smile, only six occur when we’re having a good time. The rest happen when we’re in pain, embarrassed, uncomfortable, horrified or even miserable. A smile may mean contempt, anger or incredulity, that we’re lying or that…

Cinematography & Sound Design

Fight Club | The Beauty of Sound Design

For my seniors trying to finish their thesis films… do not forget sound! David Fincher’s “Fight Club” has grown from an underrated gem, to a cult classic, to being widely accepted as one of the best films of all time. In this video I shine a light on the sound design of Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns, specifically in the film’s fight scenes, and (hopefully) give a better idea of why sound design is so important in a film, and…

Cinematography

Understanding the Cinematography of Sean Bobbitt

Support wolfcrow on Patreon for exclusive rewards: http://patreon.com/wolfcrow Link to Arri Workshop on Handheld Camera Work: http://wolfcrow.com/blog/understandin… I go through some of Sean Bobbitt’s cinematography techniques to help you understand his unique style. Just to be clear: Sean Bobbitt changes his style to suit the movies he shoots. The goal of this video and article is to drum up enthusiasm and a yearning to learn more. Think of it as a tribute, nothing more is intended. Footage is taken from…

CG & Learning & Resources & Tutorials

Tutorials by Chiara Porri

Italian freelance animator Chiara Porri has a alot of great tutorials to help you on your way! Check out her blog!   Tutorial #04 – How to create a Bouncing Ball from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Tutorial #04 How to Animate a Character Turn from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Female Walk Cycle – Workflow Tutorial from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Run Cycle – Tutorial from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Action, Walk & Run Test – wip01 from Chiara Porri on Vimeo.…

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Tools & Traditional

GrutBrushes Art Brushes Complete

Photoshop Tools for Digital Artists Over 240 Pressure Responsive Photoshop Brushes grutbrushes.com/artsbrushes for Digital painting and Drawing. Includes the optional free GrutBrushes Plugin for Photoshop CC Get ’em all now for just $20 Posted by GrutBrushes Artisanal Photoshop Brushes on Sunday, October 23, 2016 Over 240 Pressure Responsive Photoshop Brushes grutbrushes.com/artsbrushes for Digital painting and Drawing. Includes the optional free GrutBrushes Plugin for Photoshop CC Get ’em all now for just $20 Posted by GrutBrushes Artisanal Photoshop Brushes on Sunday,…

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Acting & Blogs & Learning & Resources

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…