Archive for the ‘AM Assignments’ Category

Been awhile. Thank you Animation Mentor.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This blog was originally started to keep track of my progress through Animation Mentor and my progression as both an artist and an animator. I’ve since graduated from AM and its been a good NINE MONTHS since my grad back in January of this year. I finished the program around September of 09 and I have nothing but good things to say about the program. All my mentors were there to chip and mold me into a better animator and I have nothing but praise for each and everyone.

Special thanks to Bobby, Carlos and Shawn. My classmates and my mentors:

Class 1. Martin Hopkins

Class 2. David Breaux

Class 3. Nick Bruno

Class 4. Jason Martinsen

Class 5. Jed Diffenderfer

Class 6. Greg Whittaker

It’s a special thank you to all the men and women who comprise AM mostly because after freelancing for 6 years in Los Angeles I have finally landed a gig at Sony Pictures Imageworks. I tell a lot of people that before AM I had been rejected from Sony on numerous occasions. But each lesson, critique, encouraging moment from classmates, inspiring clip from a peer, video lecture and finished assignment all added up to my overall improvement. I still feel like I have a lot more to learn, but I definitely feel more confident and poised when I receive my shots now than I ever did in the past.

From here on out I’m going to utilize this blog as a progression of my animation career along with an intended return to more 2d projects. If time permits I’d definitely like to delve more into digital painting and sketching a ton more. Also keep a look at my attempt to finish my AM student film along with a few new clips to continually progress.

Stay posted.

State of visual effects and animation industry.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Its come to my attention that a  slew of articles are popping up across the internet attempting to take a closer look at how the visual effects industry functions.  It’s definitely interesting to witness, since most of the general public is just interested with our ” sexy ” final product in film, television, and games.

As artists in this industry we’ve always sat down to numerous gatherings with co-workers, friends,  and relatives discussing some harsh truths of the industry. To see however, some of the same stories being covered by Time magazine or letters to high profile directors like James Cameron is quite refreshing.  Do I need shoulder to cry on? Do I need a pair of ears to whine to? Not quite. But having some people know what the contrasts are between the different levels of production is a great start for our industry.

Good start here.

Time Magazine article.

Open letter to James Cameron here.

Another edition of short film

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

 Here is a more recent cut of my short film. Its not really past stepped key and blocking plus, but i’ve been really going back and forth combing for better poses and beats overall for the short. My peers and my mentor have been leaving me great feedback and for once I’m starting to see stuff coming together. Even though I have a long long way to go.

Let me know what you think!


Latest edition of short film. Blocking plus!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

 Not as much work as I’d like to put it in, but when is there EVER enough time? =P Most Blocking plus work done to the first 2/3 rds of the film. Trying to keeping performance at a decent level.


Latest round of rough blocking.

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

 I haven’t had as much time as I would like for my planning and blocking. But with what time I’ve had to work with I’m happy with the way its moving along. I’m going to have put that much more into blocking plus and try to fix things as they come along. Ideally it would be nice to go back and fix things more proper like, but that’s just not going to happen. Ha.With anything else in life, wishing you had more time to do a few things or wanting things to pan out differently won’t fix whats going on now. So i’ve opted to move forward.

But definitely some valuable lessons learned from my current mentor, Greg Whittaker on initial blocking. I think i’ve done an ok job selling my main beats to the audience. Theres some confusion here and  there..but that’ll all be cleaned up soon.

For now I’m going to pay close attention to tightening poses, continue to look at clarity, and making sure I have some good arcs and spacing  put in early.


Latest update of my short film. Rough blocking.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


A much more condensed version of my animatic.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

 Class5 has been a great experience and I’ll have to dive into animation soon. Lots of planning, planning and more planning for the next few days.


Third pass of layout on my upcoming short film.

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

 Slowwwly getting there. Going to spend today trying to shave off precious seconds.


2nd pass of layout for my short film. ” Tickets ready please”

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

 Here is another installment of my short film. I think the story is tighter and much more readable than it has been in past versions. I’m going to have to think of an interesting way to get the mask to become more paper like and less like a real mask. Since he just kinda crafted one ” on the spot” to cheer up the girlfriend. And of course the ever crazy battle of trying to shorten the length of the short overall. But things are looking up as we near the end of the 5th class.


Latest pass on animatic.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

 First 1/3rd of the my short film has been put through 3d for layout purposes. And I’ve done a few  changes to the story to tighten the ending. I was a bit up against the wall as far as ideas went to get everything readable for the audience. My mentor threw some great suggestions out there and I broke out the wacom and decided to go with them. Hope it reads well.