May 19, 2008

3D games for the Wii

Attention Wii Game developers, watch this, and make me a cool looking 3D game. This looks awesome!

BTW You can get the source code to do this for free off his website:

May 17, 2008

Doing Nothing

It's an old acting trick. Tell a student to get on stage, don't give him any direction just have him stand there. If you watch him, he won't know what to do. He'll fidget, and look around at the other students for support. His body will be a quiver because he's trying to figure out what to do. Now give him some direction, any direction. Tell him to look into the distance like he sees a bird. Now watch his whole body transform. All that fidgeting and nervous energy vanishes, now he has something to do.

We've all been assigned the shot where a character does nothing. He stands in the background and watches the main character do something. Even the main character stops and does nothing once in a while. It's one of the toughest assignments to get. But the easiest way to tackle it is to give that character something to do. Preferably something that fits in with the scene or story.

This is a clever video that Pixelsurgeon made, he calls it the day without news. He made it by editing together photage of BBC news anchors waiting for their cue start talking.

It's clever and funny, but that's not what interests me. These news reporters know this acting trick and they're using it. They're trying to give themselves something active to do so that they look good on camera. It's really interesting to watch, there's a lot of life in the way that they wait. It's worth watching a few times to see how good these people are at doing nothing.

Interview I did for Animation Mentor

I'm the featured mentor this week for Animation Mentor. You can check out my interview here:

And check out the rest of the newsletter here:

(BTW I'm currently at Disney not Sony Imageworks, that's a typo;)

May 15, 2008

The Fall

WOW, how did I miss this one. I don't usually go for films that are more about the visual eye candy then good story. I think I'll make an exception for: "The Fall." This website has a great collection of clips and pictures:

And there's the official website:

May 5, 2008

Why I love Spike Jones

This is the into to a film called: Fully Flared directed by Spike Jone. It's a skateboarding fim made for a shoe company named Lakai. I haven't seen the entire film, but I love the intro.

Spike Jones is known for his award winning commercials and music videos, I love the way he uses "in camera" effects in most of his work. He lets things naturally play out instead of trying to control every element. The result is great. Check out the video and see for yourself.

You can see more of his work here:

Ikea video, this lamp has as much personality as Pixar's Luxo, but with no animation, fancy camera work and lighting:

Such a simple idea, such a powerful image, a man on fire running down the street:

This one is amazing, he filmed all the actors doing their actions backwards:

This is probably his most well known video, he won the MTV Music awards for it (that year he beat Madana's video, she spent millions on hers and reportedly was very pissed off when she didn't win):

May 1, 2008

Mr Lux

This is great, love the style, love the animation.

Found via Cartoon Brew.