Thursday, January 26, 2006

Entertainment in Animation

What is entertainment? How do you get it in your animation? I'm still struggling with this idea myself... but here's some thoughts I've been mulling over. Feel free to comment or respond with any thoughts.

There's many ways to disect an entertaining animation. Can it be in the "timing". How bout "poses"? What about the dialogue itself? How about snappy fun "animation" for the sake of animation? Maybe it's in the acting? Well.... I think it's ALL these things!

I think you can have a pretty dull line of dialogue, but if you play with the timing... or act it out in an unconventional way... this can make an animation entertaining. I almost find it impossible to be able to explain why something is entertaining... but we all know it when we see it... why is that?

Gimme your thoughts!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Happy Birthday to ME!!

Hey folks, to all those that have wished me a Happy Birthday THANKS!!
And here are a few fun pics of the party for me and Rocco this weekend!

Birthday PICS

Friday, January 13, 2006

V2 ... need I say more?!?

Just when I thought Animation Mentor couldn't get any better... it HAS! Go right now, and check out the new Version 2 (V2) of the public website. There's so many goodies, articles, student work, trailers, mentor info... and a whole lot more!

....AND there's a cool article in the NEWS section about me and Anthea and our journey through the school!

Also here's a really amazing article by our very own Shawn Kelly about using "Operative Words" in our animations! An excellent read for EVERY animator!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Rocco's 1st Birthday!!

Hey! Guess what today is?!? Rocco's 1st Birthday!!

ASIFA around the WORLD!

ASIFA chapters around the world
This is a great site to stay in touch with the animation related news around the world! Doesn't matter where you live ASIFA has a chapter near you! I highly recommend joining up if your interested in Animation!!

ASIFA (association internationale du Film d' Animation) was formed in 1960 by an international group of animators to coordinate and increase world-wide visibility of animated film. ASIFA's membership includes animation professionals and fans from more than 50 countries. ASIFA sponsors animation festivals in Annecy, Ottawa, and Hiroshima.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year!

Wow... can you believe it! It's already 2006!! Last year was an awesome and super inspiring year. Lot's of twists and turns.... Hopefully this year will be full of more of the same!

With that said... here's the new blog... no more AM assignments (at least for this semester). The continuation of this blog will be more of my day to day thoughts and key animation tips-n-tricks that I pick up around work. Not sure how it will be structured just yet... but expect new stuff at every couple of weeks.

Take care and HAPPY NEW YEAR!