Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cube Spin Test

Recently Navarre approached me with two videos he had seen online (, and wanted to know if it was possible to recreate the cube spin seen in them without using Cinema 4D or any sort of 3D program. So in an afternoon I whipped up something similar completely within After Effects and you can see the result below. It was made with a few lights, a 3D cube made from 2D shape layers, and some faux shadows. If you'd like to poke around my AE project yourself or use this effect the project is in the Fun_Folder and it's called CubeSpin.aep.

Animation basics: The art of timing and spacing - TED-Ed

Josh and I were talking the other day about the merits of animation vs. design in successful animations.  Along with this being about some of the 12 rules all animators learn and use, it has an interesting point that the "superficial appearance of an object only tells you so much about it, it's only when it's in motion that you understand it's true nature."  I think it prompts me to think about the elements I'm animating a little more - What is the 'thing' made of?  How will it react in the world I've created?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Guide To American Football

Fraser Davidson has been a LONG time animation inspiration to me. This recent animation he's created that gives a full tutorial to American football is no different. Not only are his colors brilliant and character designs quirky, but his animation is always smooth and drives the story in an engaging and unique way. The best part of this whole animation? He wrote and animated the entire thing himself!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

After a Brubeck Concert - By Miller Williams

I heard this poem on The Writer's Almanac. Normally, I forget the poems that bring the podcast to close but this one stood out to me. I can easily hear it as some sort of monologue in a film.

Six hundred years ago, more or less,
something more than eight million couples
coupled to have me here at last, at last.
Had not each fondling, fighting, or fumbling pair
conjoined at the exquisitely right time,
thirty-four million times, I would be an unborn,
one of the quiet ones who are less than air.
But I will be also, when six hundred years have passed,
one of seventeen million who made love
aiming without aiming to at one
barely imaginable, who may then be doing
something no one I know has ever done
or thought of doing, on some distant world
we did not know about when we were here.
Or maybe sitting in a room like this,
eating a cheese sandwich and drinking beer,
a small lamp not quite taking the room from the dark,
with someone sitting nearby, humming something
while two dogs, one far away, answer bark for bark.

Movie Quotes as Charts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rick's Corvette Wave

Rick and I had 15 minutes after lunch at GM today.

Learn more about the Corvette wave 

Louis C.K.: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Crackle is being a huge butt and not allowing embedding of this video, so you'll have to just click on the image below to get to the video. For those of you that haven't seen Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it's a show where Jerry Seinfeld does just that.  He picks up various comedians in cool antique cars and gets coffee with them.  This recent episode stars one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.  However, that's not the only reason I was excited when watching this.  About half way through Louis tells a long story, which the editors chose to animate over.  I like the simplistic style and it feels like something that could fit Hampton one day. Anyways, enjoy.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Continental Breakfast

Okay. I know I'd regret it if I didn't post this. Not only is hotel breakfast topical at the moment but the ending is sooo good.

Key & Peele: Continental Breakfast from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 2, 2014