Wayne Unten Test for Weeds










Wayne Unten Shows his process to create the performance for a shot on the new animated short - Weeds directed by Kevin Hudson.













Living Lines Library

Lines by James Baxter

Lines by Andreas Deja

Rescuers Pencil Test from FantasticAdam on Vimeo.

Lines by Milt Kahl

The Living Lines website is an amazing 

library of animated pencil tests!

Sheridan Animation's Hugely Disappointing

Well this is great news for AnimationMentor.com

Thoughts on Sheridan Animation's Hugely Disappointing Industry Day
By Nick

As an animation supervisor, I was asked to be one of the representatives of my studio at Sheridan College's Animation Program 'Industry Day'. It was to be a landmark event, since it was also to include final-project screenings of some 68 graduates of Sheridan's new "Bachelors of Animation Arts" degree program. A four-year animation program that - surprise - comes with a bachelor's degree; a rarity in Canada.

Prior to the Bachelor's screening, we sat through roughly 40 other student shorts from graduates of various one-year computer animation, and character animation programs from Sheridan. The results of the one-year programs were mixed, more on that later. However, I expected the outcomes of the four-year program to quantifiably exceed the output of the one-year classes. After all, these students had invested four years of their life and countless thousands of dollars in order to get that elusive BAA. Besides, four years in an average production environment is enough to get most any animator with a hint of talent ready to start entering the big-leagues of the industry. So at the very least, four years of intensive education would be expected to produce passable entry-level talent. Right?


Very, very wrong.

I sat in a daze as the program's administrators ran short after short in an agonizing, head-splitting, intermission-less three hours, as nearly 70 student films unspooled one after another. What I saw upset me, then confused me. I had been sent to keep an eye out for potential talent for the tv series I was working on. I was looking for animation basics. Acting basics. Any basics. And I kept looking in vain for them as short after short played out. Rather than the basics, what we got were orgies of runaway production design, the odd cubist abstraction, a whole lot of half-finished shorts filled with unintelligibly scrawled pencil tests, the occasional bit of incomprehensible 'something or other', and a lot of stuff that was just plain sloppy.

Four years. Tens of thousands of dollars per student. Sixty-eight students and shorts, and three hours of footage.

Full Article...

Interpretive Dance From Santa

My buddy Shawn McInerney has been teaching himself flash and working traditionally lately. He made this great little holiday card -

Shawn says, "I drew it all digitally with a Cintiq. I used TVP Animation to do the pencil tests and Toon Boom for the cleanup, ink, and paint. I was very tempted to block it out in 3d, but I decided it was important to see if I could do this in a production minded way, so I just drew it. It was/is a tough transition for me, but its also nice
to be able to just draw an arm in whatever pose I want without worrying about funky deformations."

Good on ya Shawn! Rock N Roll! ~Ang

One Animator, 78 minutes and 5 years

Phil Nibbelink, has made a feature film all by himself...Seriously.

The name of his film is Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss.
It's a retelling of the classic Shakespeare play using seals
in an underwater setting and is being released Oct 27th.

The film was animated in Flash and backgrounds painted in Painter. The dialogue was recorded in his basement studio using himself, his children and friends for the voices. There are around 112,000 drawings using a graphics tablet and few scenes were animated using Moho. The Flash files were rendered as 2048 x 1234 .bmp files and sent to a film recorder. He chose to set the movie in the undersea world because to complete the film before his bank account ran out, he had to populate the movie with characters that didn't "have too much line mileage." This is actually the 3rd time he's made a film completely by himself in his studio basement. The first two were Puss in Boots and Leif Ericson: The Boy Who Discovered America.

From animationnation thread:

I animated straight ahead. I ruffed in light blue with the brush tool set for thick and thin, then I cleaned up with the pencil tool set for 3.1. (After many film tests I decided a width of 3.1 was optimum.) Then I would move on to the next extreme. I used the onion skin set for just the previous extreme and then I'd play it constantly to see it animate.

I didn't need storyboards because I could see it in my mind and I didn't have to communicate my vision to anyone else. I wrote the script and then started animating. I didn't even bother to refer back to the script because the characters took on a life of their own and they told me what they wanted to say and where they wanted to go next.

I animated at 2048 x 1234 which is 1.66. I then composed for 1.85 and TV cut off with a center extraction. 1.66 is a good aspect ratio to shoot at because when you telecine the TV cut off brings your north and south back to 1.85. And if you've composed for center extraction there are no nasty surprises and you don't have to pay for 'pan and scan'.

Because my characters were predominately one color I could mass paint behind all the drawings and then come back and hit the over paint with a color set at 0 alpha. By mass paint I mean I could shrink the work space down to micro small and then use a huge brush to bang down a giant blob of color across the entire screen and all the frames. And then come back and 0 alpha the overpaint and then come back again and hit the eyes, nose and inside mouth. I could paint 100 frames in 15 minutes without breaking a sweat!

Here's a list of theaters that it's going to play in.
And here's the web-site for the film for more info.

Phil Nibbelink will be sketching free drawings for kids in the lobby of:

Mann's Plant 16
7876 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91402
(818) 779-0323
on Saturday the 14th
from 12:00 noon to 6:00

Mann's Janss Marketplace 9
255 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 374-9656
Sunday the 15th
from 12:00 noon to 6:00

thanks to Steve Gordon's Blog and posts on Animation Nation for this...