Friday, January 25, 2008

Fun Animation Exercises

Like the spline doctors suggested I started doing simple animation tests like this 15 minute one:

(click the image to watch)

Animation is ongoing learning and I know that I will do bouncing balls, overlaps, and training exercises all my life. It's amazing how much you can learn from such a simple animation test... so, read the spline doctor post and do the same =)


Thursday, January 03, 2008

I finished my study at

Hi everyone,

I know that I am not very good at keeping this blog alive but the idea of letting people know how "AM" works and why you should consider getting into it is still the same. So I thought I'd let you know that I just finished and will go to my graduation in 6 days (San Francisco). I am really excited to see some of my fellow classmates after all that time, again.

Finally I also updated my demoreel on my main website. Feel free to check it out and send me some comments about it. I will sit down in the coming days and weeks to refine the shots and polish the reel, hopefully.

(please click on the image to follow the link to my website)

So, what did I do in the last two terms? I was working on a short film, the final project for our AM study. I started out with working on a blocking and making the story "work" in a layout (thanks to my mentor Elliot M. Bour), then took a break to move over to the US and get married to my beloved wife (I love you!). After that I continued AM with the fabulous mentor Brett Parker who helped me beyond my hopes to turn this into a movie. And while I am still working on it (rendering, some animation, adding water etc.) you can watch a preview here:

(please click on the image to see the preview)

If this is interesting to you I also uploaded my old, really bad blocking which I had to cut and edit after the break once I had some fresh eyes on it. You can watch that here - but beware, it is really long and not really good. I only upload it for you to see how much I had to change to make the movie work. The music is from the fabulous game series "Monkey Island" composed by the incredibly talented "Michael Land" and was only used for layout reasons.

(click on image)

Well, now about This has been the educational experience of my life. I can't praise this school highly enough. If you consider going into animation there is NO better place to be. If you are international or from the US, even if you live in San Francisco, I'd recommend to check out AM and give it a try. This school has an amazing spirit going on and compared to many other schools actually IS quite cheap, meaning affordable.

Like with all things, even depends on what you make out of it... if you don't invest time on the forums, or check out and critique other's peoples work then you won't get the whole AM experience. But if you do I just KNOW that you will become a better animator in the end.

AM is a full animation course - a true university so to say. There is no need to study AM and something else. Actually, it's sad that AM hasn't been out there when I started out. I would have saved tons of money and time on not studying at a normal university, like I did. So, if your parents resist the idea of paying for online schooling, if you work full time like I did, if you have a wife and kids, or if there is anything that keeps you from starting AM, but animation is your passion and you want to become an animator, then talk to your parents/family, find the time, invest the money, because in the end you will be highly rewarded with the knowledge that you can animate and bring dead things to life.

To sum it up: Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the whole AM crew, especially Bobby, Carlos and Shawn. This has been an incredible experience and I was truly blessed by your school!

I might post some pics of the graduation next week, once I am back. Meanwhile I am starting to apply for jobs over here in the US which is very exciting. It's a completely new ball game and I have no idea where I might end up.

God bless and happy new year 2008 to all of you,