Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Journey Begins


















The new cgtalk challenge started with an awesome topic! I will try to finish this one to practice some modeling and rendering , I'll be doing the concept I drew above and try to translate it to 3d as best as I can.

Good luck to all the challengers!

Take a look at the challenge here.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Doodle of the day

Boardomatic












Bauhaus software released a updated version of their storyboarding software. If you are doing a lot of storyboarding you may want to check this out.

Click here to visit the site.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Doodle of the day

How to color code your keyframes in the Maya timeline.

This is an excellent trick i read about recently.

using the way below you can color code your keyframes in the timeline so it will make much more sense when you are looking at it. here is how:

1. Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Colors > Animation.
2. Choose a Time Slider Tick Special color and click Save.
3. In the Graph Editor, select the keyframe(s) you want drawn in the Time Slider Tick Special color (i.e. all the golden poses).
4. In the Command Line or Script Editor, enter the keyframe MEL command:

keyframe -tds on;

enjoy!
-A

Lumiere shows oscar nominated shorts.






Starting tomorrow (february 25) Lumiere theatre in San Francisco will show all the nominated short films , both animated and live action. If you havent seen some of them already at Siggraph or other festivals make sure to check them out , this years nominees are amazing.

Click here to check the site out.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Doodle of the day

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Scriptfly











Running out of ideas? take a look at scriptfly. Scriptfly is a website that sells movie and spec scripts , meaning you can buy the script for the latest spielberg movie and also check out what everyone is submitting under the Spec section in hopes of selling their scripts. You can search by genre also.

Check it out here.

The Fan and the Flower












Bill Plympton has a new short film in the works called the Fan and the Flower. There is a 50 sec clip at his website you can view. Doesnt look like it can top my all time favorite Guard Dog but Plympton never fails to surprise , cant wait to catch it in the next animation festival.

Click here to visit the Plymptoons gallery.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Doodle of the day

Monday, February 13, 2006

Good Ads of the Week

Golden Gate Fields - Strip Poker

Golden Gate Fields - Stuffed Animals

Vault - Scarecrow

Vault - Field of Dreams

Home Video


















Do you like Radiohead's Insomniac album? Then you might love this band too. Home Video is a small new band from brooklyn that just signed up with warped records (which means you can find their stuff at bleep.com) that have some very nice songs. Visit their sites to check out their stuff , make sure to listen to "in the submarine" great song!

Click here to visit their website.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Pandora

Thanks to my friend Simon I have discovered possibly the best music site on the web.

Pandora is a intelligent playlist system that plays the songs you like , you create radio stations say "metallica" and it will only play bands like metallica , you can further define what it plays by giving thumbs up and down to songs.

Now I know online radios are dime a dozen but i havent seen a online site with sound quality this high and a selection this wide , oh and it is FREE. you can also skip songs.

I have been using it for five hours and already discovered some amazing bands. If you really like a band you can purchase that song from amazon or itunes directly.

Give it a try , you will be addicted!

Click here for Pandora.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Doodle of the day

Nacho Libre






Jack Black is taking some interesting roles lately :)

one of the funniest movie trailers I have seen in a long time:

Click here to view.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Doodle of the day

Doodle of the day

Monday, February 06, 2006

Nike SPEC ad by MAKE

Awesome animation and directing in this one:

Click here to view.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

New Short Films from Gobelins












Annecy 2005 lineup from gobelins is now available to view from their website. Especially make sure to watch "Motus et bouche cousue (Sealed lips)" wonderful piece of animation and story.

Click here to be impressed.

AWN Oscar Showcase











Animation World Network launched a mini oscar site where you can read up on all the nominees and view clips of the movies.

Click here to visit.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Creating Characters with Personality















Book Description
• Character design is the key in many industries—and they’re all covered in this book

• Practical step-by-step exercises

• Contributors include Glen Keane, Supervising Animator, Disney


About the Author
Tom Bancroft has been an animator for more than fifteen years, working for Disney and Big Idea Productions (producers of Veggie Tales). Most recently, he contributed to Disney’s Brother Bear. He lives in Franklin, TN

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I dont think I need to say anything else.:)

Get the book here.

The Making of Shadow of the Colossus















Finally someone translated that huge Japanese article about the making of and it was worth the wait! There is a ton of good info in the article about how they put this amazing game together.

Check it out here.