Thursday, December 19, 2019

Animation Master Class With Nicolas Prothais

Here's a fantastic lecture by veteran animator extraordinaire Nicolas Prothais.

Also, check out this interview with Nicolas Prothais over on Allan McKay's channel (starts at the 6:30 mark)

// Interview with Senior CG Animator Nicolas Prothais

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Animation Workflow By Riot Animator Rory Alderton

Great interview with Senior Riot Animator Rory Alderton. Big thanks to animation ace Jason Shum for posting these to his channel.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

GDC: Animation Tips and Tricks

In this 2019 GDC talk, animators Sylvia Chong, Jake Clark, Sophie Evans, Raul Ibarra, Melissa Shim and Zack Wolfe rapidly deliver their best tips and tricks in five-minute bursts.

In this 2018 GDC micro-talk session, animators Gwen Frey, Joe Han, Almudena Soria, Jalil Sadool, Kyle Chittenden & James Benson rapidly deliver their best animation tips and tricks in 5-minute bursts.

In this GDC 2016 session, Riot Games' Alex Lehmann is joined by 5th Cell's Amy Drobeck-Jones, ILM's Jean-Denis Haas, Sucker Punch's Billy Harper, Epic Games' Jay Hosfelt, and Phoenix Labs' Simon Unger as they explain the best tips and tricks for improvig your craft as an animator.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

How to Become A World-Class Animator with Marco Marenghi

I had the pleasure of working with Marco at Sony Imageworks years ago on the epic box office smash... Green Lantern. Marco was great to work with and super talented.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GOLD: Kenny Roy Animation Videos

Veteran animator Kenny Roy has released his animation lectures and tutorials equaling over 100+ hours and 330+ videos all for free on Youtube.  Check them out!

// Kenny Roy Animation Videos and Lectures

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2019 College Rankings - Top 50 Animation Schools

The Animation Career Review has released their list of the top 50 animation schools and colleges in the US. There are some fantastic schools on this list. Great to see the University of Texas at Dallas ranked at 37th. If you're interested in how they rank the schools check this page  Background Info and Criteria for College Rankings.

// Top 50 Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S. – 2019 College Rankings

 // Top Animation School Programs in Texas - 2019 College Rankings

Monday, November 11, 2019

Animation Demo Reel Tips Galore

Here's a list of demo reel tips and advice from both feature animation and vfx. I'll be updating this post periodically as I come across new material.

Jean-Denis Haas - Animation Demo Reel Tips

Demo Reel Tips
Reel Feedback Webinar on Demo Reels. Tips on what it takes to get hired as an animator.
On the panel:
Will Groebe, Miko Coedel, Michal Makarewicz, Jim Brown, Jean-Denis Haas and Hans G. Brekke.

// Pro Tips: What makes a great animation demo reel?

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Proko: Best Advice for New Artists - Asking Pros

Some quick nuggets of general advice here from a host of 'who's who' in the industry interviewed by Proko.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Getting A Job In The Games Industry

A discussion with Senior Character artist, Daniel Orive, from Riot Games (Artstation: He talks about work ethic of artists and what's required to get a job in the industry.

In this interview Michael Vicente - a Senior 3D Environment artist - explains what it takes to get a job at one of the biggest game companies in the world: Blizzard.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Interview with Artist Extraordinaire Mark Tennant

Here's a fantastic interview with acclaimed artist and teacher Mark Tennant.  I was fortunate enough to have Mark as a figure drawing professor when I was at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His class was by far one of the best classes I attended during my college career.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Richard Williams: Legendary Animator and Filmmaker

Very sad to read the news today about the passing of Richard Williams. Such a legendary animator and filmmaker. His accomplishments and influence on the craft will last for generations. Here's a pic from his Animator's Survival Kit lecture years ago in San Francisco.

// Richard Williams, Who Brought Roger Rabbit to Life, Dies at 86

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language

Animation reference of the day! Joe Navarro's  book 'What Every Body Is Saying' is great -- I recommend it!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Animation Reel // Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It's taken a few months but I finally put together some of my favorite shots from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Getting to animate the T-Rex is by far one of the highlights of my career. Seeing Jurassic Park in the summer of 1993 was a huge moment for me. My 12yr old brain was rocked by how real the dinos looked on the screen. Spielberg, the genius VFX wizards at Industrial Light & Magic, Tippett Studio and the fine work of Stan Winston Studio completely tricked me into believing those creatures were  living and breathing on camera... and from then on I was hooked. The original Star Wars films had a part to play as well but JP put me over the edge haha  That film was the spark that fueled my curiosity and creative drive which lead me into this industry!

Here's a great vfx breakdown of my last trex shot

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Finally had a chance to see Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story. Such a fantastic film! Highly recommend it!

'Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his film researcher wife, Lillian, recall the influence they had on 60 years of Hollywood's biggest hits.'

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Animation Breakdown: Xayah League of Legends

Here's a great animation breakdown by animator Warren Goff for Zayah from League of Legends. It's an excellent view into the style and process we aim for when animating these characters.

Xayah Animation Breakdown League of Legends from Warren Goff on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

GOLD: Keith Lango Animation Videos

Animator, director and filmmaker extraordinaire Keith Lango has just posted 60+hrs of his animation instruction videos to YouTube! It's amazing content and I highly recommend you check them out! Big thanks to Keith for his incredible generosity in sharing his knowledge and experience!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Behind The Scenes: Hennessy, The Seven Worlds

Love the Mœbius influence! Amazing piece directed by Ridley Scott.

Hennessy, The Seven Worlds Making Of

Hennessy, The Seven Worlds Making Of from MPC on Vimeo.

Hennessy, The Seven Worlds

Hennessy, The Seven Worlds from MPC on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

One of my trex shots made it into the ilm vfx reel! I had about 6 days to animate the camera, the trex, the lion and block in the fence interaction. It was one of the last shots I worked on at the very end of the production.