December 4, 2012

Slow motion Cheeta Run.

Cheetahs on the Edge--Director's Cut from Gregory Wilson on Vimeo.

Very cool look at a the fastest land animal on earth. Notice how still and steady his head is. Helps him see his pray. Very cool.

October 7, 2012

One More Beer!

Great short film, nice acting.

One More Beer! from pedro conti on Vimeo.

October 4, 2012

Back in 2009 I bought a copy of Sita Sings the Blues from Nina Paley's website. I did this mainly because of Roger Ebert's review:

I began. I was enchanted. I was swept away. I was smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.

 It was surprising for me, I don't tend to like this style of animation, but the story was really good so I enjoyed the film quite a bit. So now I find myself looking forward to her new film  This Land Is Mine:
 For more info, including a list of the characters who kill each other, check out her site:

October 2, 2012

Two-Headed Cop Update

There's been an update to the Two-Headed Cop page, it includes the final version of the "Jail" sequence, check it out:

Using Video Reference in Animation

Animation Addicts has a couple great posts about using video reference when planning out your animation. Couldn't have said it better myself:

September 30, 2012

Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore, the director of "The Secret of Kells" is busy directing is second feature film "The Song of the Sea" and just like when directing Kells he has decided to make a production blog. It looks every bit as good as Kells does:

Here's the concept trailer (if you haven't heard about it):

September 29, 2012

Class 3 Progress Reel - Siddhant Mehta

Some nice work from Siddhant, a student of mine from last semester:

September 26, 2012


Another great short film from Gobeilens:

September 25, 2012

Stewpot Rhapsody

Another stunningly good short film from the students at Gobelins.

I really like everything about this one. The designs, the way the animation is timed to the music, the animation. A real stunner:

September 18, 2012

Getting An Animation Job

Animation Addicts posted a great post about the pressure being put on students looking for that first animation job then vs. now. I thought it was really good and wanted to highlight it here;

September 8, 2012

Truely Amazing

I found this on You Tube and it blew my mind.
This is a seven second shot, and it's truly amazing. Staging, clarity, form, solidity, weight I don't thing you can name a principle of animation that doesn't show up in these seven seconds. Not a line is out of place or is unnecessary. It's also a mini short film. The conflict and character is there and is clear. It has a beginning middle and end. And the best part is it looks so simple, I don't mean it's simple to do, but simple in the sense of you don't think there is any other way the shot could be done.

Jamie Hewlett on Drawing

Ever sense I discovered Tank Girl I've been a big Jamie Hewlett fan. His drawings are unbelievably good. Not just the craftsmanship but the play on shapes, proportions and over all attitude.

 I don't know much about the actual guy, so it was nice to see him being interviewed about drawing: