30 May, 2009

"GI Joe Resolute"

In order to fan of the flames of the of the new GI Joe Movie, be sure to check out "GI Joe Resolute". It was created in the anime style and premiered on the Cartoon Network's Adultswim. Here, you will see an awesome piece of work of one of our favorite characters, Snake Eyes. This is so cool in fact, that I propose they make an entire movie on this guy he's so cool. If you were a big fan of the weekday afternoon showings of the GI Joe animations on TV when you were a kid, you probably remembered that nobody every died. When planes got shot, everybody parachuted down. We appreciate the concern. In these clips however, don't expect any parachutes, because its pretty violent and, needless to say, well done.

And...for those of us who are aware, none would be complete without a fight against Stormshadow. If you are not up to date on the backstory between these guys, never fear, this second clip below will fill you in just fine. I've included both of these clips here for our viewing pleasure and inspiration, pay attention to the timing and compositions...enjoy and fire it up!

24 May, 2009

"Galactic Mail" Animation By: Asterokid

This little short was created by the Asterokid group and it features a nice little twist on the space theme. I seriously hope these guys get work from this because it looks great. It features a clean unique styling, great layout and character designs, clever timing and a tight soundtrack. You will definitely enjoy and learn a lot from this animation. I hope it inspires you.

Fire it up!


22 May, 2009

"Hancock" Train Wreck Sequence

Many times as animators or visual effects artists, we'll compose a presentation to show a client how a show was made. This looks awesome because it shows that you pay attention to detail and more importantly, that you think about the viewer, remember that everything is catered to your viewer.

This weekend, I was finally able to see Hancock. For the most part, the story was interesting and I was surprised at how believable the visual effects were...the story was okay too. This clip shows the break down of the train scene in the movie...I did not realize that the background cars were CG. Guys, there is some nice work going on here.

If you compare this to other break down clips, this plays in reverse which actually works quite well and helps to serve as a valuable learning tool. Check it out and enjoy!


19 May, 2009

The Great Disney Multiplane Camera

The multiplane camera was invented by Walt Disney that enabled a greater sense of visual depth for flat two dimensional animations. The technique is still used today, but with greater efficiency and ease of control. You'll see it many times in animations done in Toon Boom, After Effects and Flash. Many of my animation students were trying to create this effect without realizing that it was done before. If you are interested in adding more dimension to your animations, check out this presentation as explained by the master himself.

Fire it up and enjoy.


15 May, 2009

Painter X: Clone Brush Technique

During my digital painting class, we cover a tool/painting technique called "Clone Painting", where students begin with photographs first, and convert them into paintings. The examples here were created using the "Impressionist" and "Sargent" brushes found in the Artists Brush Category. The technique is a lot of fun as students see very quickly nice paintings developing from a photo. Introducing this lesson also opens up a lecture on the different styles of paintings done by the Impressionists, Classical Painting, Van Gogh, Monet and John Singer Sargent.

14 May, 2009

Montauk Monster Body Washes Ashore

In this clip, you will see what looks to be the carcus of a new species of animal, that some Rhode Island locals are calling the Montauk Monster. Real of fake? Too bad the face is badly mutilated so we can get a better look at it. Someone send the carcus to a CSI lab and have them test the DNA, but then again that takes the fun out it. I happen to think this could be real. What about you?

To learn more about the Montauk Monster, check out the official site below:

08 May, 2009

G. I. JOE: Rise of Cobra - Trailer 2

After Party: Corel Painter Demo

This piece was painted in Corel Painter X as part of an in-class demonstration. The tools/brushes used were: Various Glow Brushes and Lighting Effects. Lighting effects help to add mood and a tonal evenness to the entire piece. We also used it to help us establish a focal point.

04 May, 2009

Thundercats Movie Trailer

This is a fanmade movie trailer for what "could be" the first Thundercats movie. This trailer is exceptional and simply awesome - especially if you are a long time fan of the animation. When you watch it, you'll see familiar actors playing the parts and while you are doing so, see if you can also identify the movies being used. This trailer has struck a chord with many of my animation and visual effects students...I think you will like it as well. Great job guys!

BTW, feel free to make the entire movie in this fashion, you got lots of guys who are encouraging you over here.

Thundercats HO!

Terminator Salvation - Trailer 3

Here you go. This is gonna be awesome! The robots are looking bigger wouldn't you say? Also, a rant from Christian Bale play John Connor in this movie would actually improve the film.

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Thanks Isaac for the link, this is a great resource.

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