Friday, December 21, 2012

The Hobbit

You're welcome guys, it was a pain in my ass to bootleg this thing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Glitch

A hilarious real life take on the horrors of game glitching courtesy of Corridor Digital.

See the making of below.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Controller Evolution v. 2 and the Evolution of an Animator

Nintendo always has been and always will be a constant element in my life. This piece is a tribute to their life thus far.

Music by Heath McNease

I said this over a year ago when I made the first Controller Evolution, and now with the introduction of the Wii U, it only seemed fitting to continue this tradition. I can't think of a better controller's history to track than Nintendo's. The changes made have been so dramatic yet so subtle all at the same time. You really don't notice that until your animating every little piece.

People probably don't know this but the original Controller Evolution was one of the most played videos on my Vimeo page. Mostly due to the content and the fact it was posted on a few gamer blogs. When I had first completed it I was still working in Apple Motion; I was really proud of that piece at the time too. I recall seeing it posted on a blog not too long ago and the poster saying, "I wonder if Chris will update the animation with the Wii U?" At the time it hadn't even occurred to me, but as I started looking at my year old animation I knew it was time for a change. I not only owed it to Nintendo for the many years of joy they've given me, but I owed it to myself to show how much I've evolved as an animator in a little over a year. I am no longer animating in Apple Motion (not that I don't like it, I just think Adobe After Effects is a little more robust). I've taught myself everything I know about Adobe After Effects through experimentation and tutorials. I still have a lot to learn, but when I can look at my work side by side and visually see the progress it helps me know I haven't been wasting my time. Check it out for yourself.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Amazing fight scene using projected enemies.

Dockville Trailer 2011

If I ever had the time to make a MeanMug & Slim movie I would DEFINITELY do it in this style.  I love that it's not only mixing live action and animation, but that it's on a miniature scale.  I think this helps to blend the two styles together because the tiny props they had to create are a little "cartoony" in nature so it all looks as if it's from the same world.  Make sure to check out all the work from Robert Loebel, his stuff is amazing.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rollin' Wild

Funny how such a simple idea can make for so many hilarious scenarios. Can't wait to see more Rollin' Wild work!

Love Letter to Plywood. By Tom Sachs

Directed by Van Neistat, I thought this was fun, intense, but fun. I checked out some of the other videos too. The rigid standards of Tom Sach's studio are cool but limiting. Then again, I guess it's like any other brand standard or guidelines.

There's something in the instructional quality of the video too. Perhaps we could apply this to some of our work in the future. Minus the quick flash of boobs around the 5.5 min mark of course...

Love Letter to Plywood. By Tom Sachs from Tom Sachs on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Form 17 - A New Film from Red Giant

Every once in while, Red Giant creates a short film that demonstrates the capabilities of some of their software. The writing is pretty sharp too.

Form 17 from Red Giant on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jacopo Rosati

Jacopo Rosati has some amazing work on his website, but recently he has been playing around with felt and I must say that I am in love with the results.  The final works have such a vibrant, playful look to them and the felt adds just enough depth and texture to make the art look as if it's popping off the page.  I didn't come across any stop motion videos on his site, so if you are reading this Jacopo, DO SOME STOP MOTION ANIMATION WITH THIS STUFF!  It would literally be perfect for it. That's all I have to say about that. Enjoy.