Duality Redux | Slow Motion Cats Phantom Camera Series


A study in duality, a domestic cat and a jungle cat embody the civilized and the wild.

Great reference for animators.

100 Walks


100 Walks (Link to full video in bio)

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Ink In Motion


The hypnotising beauty of colored ink in water and the interaction of this substance with different elements.

Direct Registering Cat Gait


Cats are capable of walking very precisely because, like all felines, they directly register; that is, they place each hind paw (almost) directly in the print of the corresponding fore paw, minimizing noise and visible tracks. This also provides sure footing for their hind paws when they navigate rough terrain.


Jolmood with his Reference


From Omar Labbad:

This loop is a part of animated poem called "In arabic world" that I did it with AJ+ Arabi.
I worked more on it and developed it,
This Arabian man called "Jolmood"
Big thanks for "Vahva Fitness" for this great reference.
you can watch the original reference here:

Hedgehog Walking in Slo Mo Looks Epic

Great Video Resource for Motion Analysis

Michelle C. Smith Weapons Reel Stuntwoman


Michelle C. Smith - Weapons Reel from Michelle C. Smith on Vimeo.

Great reference for a body mechanics piece.

Michelle C. Smith Weapons Reel Stuntwoman

Rodney Mullen Debuts New Tricks, Captured in 360 Degrees | Vogue


Beautiful Reference and motion studies – Look at the weight absorbed at his knees!


Anilyzer Tool - Frame by Frame Youtube Videos

Impressive tool from Paolo Cogliati a 3D animator at The Mill, previously LAIKA, creator of Serial Taxi short film and AniRef app.

Anilyzer is a new free tool for animators to view Youtube+Vimeo links frame by frame and slow motion.

You can also see what other animators are analyzing and discover new works.


The Shinning - Jack Nicholson preppin' for The Shining

Jack Nicholson preppin' for The Shining

Get into character before you record your reference footage!

The Human Torch Drone

The Human Torch Drone

just gonna leave this here...
The Human Torch Drone lights up the night sky in Fantastic Four PR stunt.

Milky eagle owl in slow motion

Video Reference - Milky eagle owl in slow motion

Milky eagle owl Sarabi flying in slow motion... great animation reference.

Sochi Olympics frame by frame

Sochi Olympics frame by frame

Article in the NY Times with multiple exposure photos. Great reference for arcs and spacing!

Animation basics: The art of timing and spacing - TED-Ed

The most important facet of movement and animator can understand:  Timing and Spacing

Tangled Concept Art by Lisa Keene

The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard 
Tangled Concept Art by Lisa Keene

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Featurette - Split Screens

Featurette for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 takes a behind the scenes look at the voice-overs using a split screen with the actual animation. 

Be More Dog

Amazing study of dog cats placed on a cat...funny!

Shinichi Maruyama

NY-based photographer Shinichi Maruyama created these lovely photographs using nearly 10,000 individual photographs of a nude dancer in motion.  How's that for arcs?

Peregrine falcon hunts downhill rider

up the quality to 1080p, oh yeah...

How to Create Lipsync in Maya

I have added a video section to the blog with two free videos and 6 lectures you can purchase at mindbites.com

This tutorial instructs you to the 15 facial poses I find most common in creating dialog for animation in CG. I describe each pose and the basic lines of action that happen in the face for these poses. I also offer some notes on what not to do when creating these poses. Once you create the 15 poses, you are ready to generate a shelf for your character. My students over the years have loved this part of my lectures, most... and I hope you do too. There is a .pdf attached with the poses provided as a guide.

I am very proud to announce some new videos I have been working on to help animators create better lip synch.  I added two free videos and five more that are at the low, low price of $9.90 each at mindbites.com.
The two free videos explain how to download, install and source the pose2Shelf.mel script for use in creating facial libraries for your characters.  I prefer the shelves over plug ins, since most studios frown on your installing plugins on their computers.  Shelves are a quick and easy way to use the automation that computers do best to repeat actions you do all the time and simplify moving so many controls for one pose.
The videos for sale ($9.90 - what a steal!) cover my work flow when mapping out where poses go for setting up a first pass on dialog in Maya.  I go in more detail about which poses to drop out of the dialog and which to keep. This is a vanilla pass at animation.  No asymmetry or special shapes are created at first, only the 15 basic poses (along with .pdfs for you to follow when creating these poses) are used.   In the later videos I add asymmetry and a smile overall of the dialog, as well as a few poses for the blinks and eye darts.

The videos contain detailed instruction on one of my most popular lectures when I teach.  I broke it up into sections, so you can purchase what you think you need... or you can buy the whole series here.


Links to the individual lectures can be found here...


Goshawk hunts in slow motion

Great video reference...

Charlie Chaplin Channel on Youtube

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
Charles Chaplin

Kon-Tiki Making of

In the summer 2011 ILP was awarded a massive sequence for the upcoming Norwegian feature film "Kon-Tiki" directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg. The film is about the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic journey crossing the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. ILP delivered 58 shots in total, with plenty of hero shots and some extremely complex fully computer generated scenes. This is a VFX breakdown giving you a closer look at some of shots we made. ilpvfx.com