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Thursday, 28 May 2015
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
|Harry Potter Tour|
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015
|Interview, a short animated film by Mikkel Okholm and Mikkel Brons-Frandsen|
Thursday, 21 May 2015
|3D render by Steve Woodhouse|
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Watch Disney's smash hit animated film Frozen and you will find some first class acting, beautiful work which arguably takes the medium to a whole new level of sophistication and skill. But how do animators achieve such great acting? The answer of course is just the same as it would have been at the Disney studio 70 or 80 years ago: if you want great acting, study great actors. Below is an excellent shot progression showing how animators on Frozen used live actiion reference to bring their shots to life.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
|Life drawing - excellent training for animators|
Sunday, 17 May 2015
|Oliver and Company|
The secret of doing great work is to thumbnail - that is to say, to plan out your work with sketches and scribbles - drawings which create a kind of road map of where you want to go.
In the video below, I show how master animator Glen Keane approaches the business of doing animation thumbnails.
Friday, 15 May 2015
|Animus rig by Nick Miller and Lin Xiong|
Here at Animation Apprentice we are recommending that our students test out the Animus Rig, created by the very talented Nick Miller and Lin Xiong, and released as freeware into the Maya community.
Animus is a great rig for a number of reasons, one of the most important being the wide range of facial controls, which makes it very good for sophisticated creature dialogue and lipsync. So, how does it all work?
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
|Annecy - still time to sign up|
Monday, 11 May 2015
|CG MeetUp - full of great resources for animators|
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Here at animation Apprentice we believe not just in training our students for a career in the animation industry, but we think we can do better - and actually find them jobs. Partly, this involves placing students in internships, recommending them for work whenever opportunities arise. But we can be more proactive than this, by taking on small freelance jobs at Nano Films, making short films for commercial clients and utisiling our pool of talented students to do the animation. Just recently we brought in a new job for a repeat customer, on our tight deadline. So, what can our apprentice animators expect if they get involved?
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Do you have an animated TV series or TV special in development? And if not, why not? Our animation students are not just technicians, they are creators, brainstorming new ideas and concepts in animation, searching for the next Peppa Pig or Charlie and Lola. But you can't do it alone - animation is a team sport. A successful TV series needs co-producers, financing, broadcasters and new media partners. And where do you find those? Well, Cartoon Forum is where.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Motion Capture, nowadays often called Performance Capture, gets bigger all the time and is increasingly used as a part of the animator's toolkit. In the excellent video above, animators from WETA Digital who worked on The Hobbit explain how MoCap was used to create the barrel ride sequence in the second film in the series. It's a fascinating insight into how MoCap can be incorporated into the production pipeline, used creatively by the animators to improve and polish their performances.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Pixar have recently released a number of free repeating textures from their archives - for use in 3D animation. The archive was first created in 1993, and is now free for use by the rest of us - for the first time ever. Included in the free release are bricks, metals, fabrics, skins, ground surfaces, and tons of other stuff. All of them are designed to repeat seamlessly with no nasty visible joins.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Friday, 1 May 2015
|The world's first online MA in animation|