Monday, January 22, 2018

Richard Williams

This Day in Animation. 1/24/18

Related image

1961- Warner Bros. cartoon voice actor Mel Blanc had a terrible auto crash. He lingered in a coma for several weeks. The way the doctor brought him around was to say: “Hey Bugs Bunny! How are we today?” Blanc replied in character:” Ehhh…fine, doc!” This is an amazing story to hear!

2006- The Walt Disney Company acquired CG animation studio Pixar. Apple and Pixar head Steve Jobs got a seat on Disney Board, Ed Catmull was named head of the studio, 1 and director John Lasseter became it’s creative head.

I first discovered Richard Williams when I was in High School. Years later, I got to meet him in person at a studio where I worked. He gave us his 2 day Master lecture based on "The Animator's Survival Kit", which he was writing at the time. Check out: The Truth about the Bottom of Page 83 .

The whole studio had to end this once in a lifetime event. I remember seeing several producer in attendance, who were either trying not to fall asleep or were wishing they were somewhere else. The rest of the audience were learning for a master animator and taking notes. 

Another occasion was when he signed his ASK book for me at Dreamworks and later when he was being honored by the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. 

Here's a very interesting video about Richard Williams which you should see.

Richard Williams- Animating Movement from The Royal Ocean Film Society on Vimeo.

We've reached 69% of our payment threshold.

This means, we have reached $69.40, but Google won't send a check until the Payment threshold: $100.00 has been reach, so please click those ads everytime you visit this blog.
Thank You!

Any Comments, Suggestions, let them below.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Watchcat Holiday edisode

If you are interested in working on a Watchcat holiday animation production, here's something I am currently working on and need help with. Sorry No pay, but you will get screen credit and something to put on your reel.

Click on this link: 
for more information. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

CTNX 2017

This year's CTN animation expo began with cool and sunny weather as I stopped by a table where I met a storyboard artist from Israel. During our conversation, another storyboard artist from Oregon approached the table. I said, "Wow, you are both storyboard people!" as I introduced the two of them. 

As things turned out, I was amazed that the person from Oregon followed the Israel artist's work and now, they are meeting for the first time in person. And that's what I love about the CTN animation expo, it really brings artists from all over the world together for one weekend.

So many people from the animation community attend this expo every November. This year, we introduced our Watchcat postcards onto as many people we could meet. We also were looking for other animation people to help us on future episodes.

Saturday was very crowded inside the massive white tent as people entered, some carrying their portfolios, others carrying their kids and some even had both. While there, I met 3 guys in a row, one was a animation teacher in Denmark, another guy from Scotland and the third was from Costa Rica.  
Animation studios looking for new talent, Animation companies like Wacom, ToonBoom and TV Paint discovering future customers. Endless tables linked together displaying different Artists work, sitting side by side selling their books, prints or other artwork to passersby. No pressure selling here as in other Cons I've been to. You can talk to the artist freely without feeling as if you must buy their wares.

Many "Free tables" were set up throughout, where people could put their business cards and opportunities.They even gave away free art and animation books every now and then as well.

There were a few new things that appeared in the exhibit hall this year including VR demos.

And after all the lectures, book signings, artist demos and networking, it was nice to just sit and draw a pirate.
Or any of the other brave costumed men and women models who were there posing all day long.
So what did you do at CTNx? Was it your first time? What did you see or who did you meet? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Did you like this blog? Please become a Follower.

Ad clicks help us raise money for a donation to a local animal shelter. So please click on the ads on this blog to show your support!

Thank You! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

CTNX Opening Night: Dear Basketball

An enormous white caterpillar of a building emerges in the Marriott Burbank's parking lot. It engulfs parking signs and small trees in the process. Tonight, as it was being fitted with a giant CTNX Animation expo banner, a large group was across the street, listening to Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant talk about their film, "Dear Basketball".


Legendary producer, Don Hahn introduced Glen Keane to the CTN audience, who talked briefly about his involvement in the film. Keane also showed a clip of the final minutes of Bryant's final game where the Laker's were losing, until Bryant was able to bring them back by winning the game and ending his career on a high note. Keane's animation flows from childhood memories to adulthood back and forth during Bryant's narration, a love letter to his favorite game.
After the screening, Kobe Bryant joined the stage. He told of how he knew Composer John Williams and had asked Keane about doing the animation. At first, Keane felt a little reluctant about doing it, because he knew nothing about basketball and wasn't sure he could do it. His son Max urged him to do it and eventually Glen agreed and started working on a rough storyboard of thumbnail sketches that illustrated Bryant's writing.
It was a very inspiring discussion about how we create ideas. The film was screened again for us to enjoy for a second time.

So, how did I manage to get into a $95 special event show? Let's just say, its Magic. I really wanted to see this film and to meet Glen Keane again. Many years ago, I met him at a Siggraph event during his early involvement on "Tangled". At the time, I was really into performing magic and I showed him an animated card trick that I had come up with. He really liked it and so, I sent him a deck of cards and the special instructions.

This year at the Animation World fest, my friend met Glen there and mention me and the cardtrick from years ago. Glen remembered the trick and said that he enjoyed showing it to his grand daughter.
I was hoping I might be able to meet him again, but both Kobe and Glen left the stage before the audience could approach either of them. Turns out, Glen had just returned from an overseas flight and was probably starting to get tired from the trip.

One day soon, I hope to meet him again.

Next Post: CTNX Weekend! 

Enjoy this blog? Let me know and while your at it, please click on the ads here and there to show your support.

Thank You!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Animal Walks

Stephen Cunnane came up with this useful animation guide  showing how a four legged animals walks in various ways.

Animal Gaits for Animators from Stephen Cunnane on Vimeo.

The link below is a good guide for laying out a walk in 2d animation.

Coming Soon!
Aardman is back...

Next Weekend! 
If you are in the Burbank area and into animation or art, stop by the 2017 CTN Expo! Click here to learn more:

Definitely worth the price of admission!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 24hrs Contest Winners


This year's 24 hour animation contest began on Friday, Oct 6th and 183 short animated films of 30 seconds were created in the period of 24 hours. The theme was, "One of these things is not like the others," Enjoy the top 5 films.

5th Place: Sherry Babies, Sheridan College

4th Place: Team Combo Meal: San Jose State University

3rd Place: Pham Jam, Seneca College

2nd Place: The Ani-Mates, Ringling Art & Design

And in First Place!

Bear Eats Mackerel - Sheridan College

There is a bonus to all the teams who created a film in 24 hours, but didn't win the top 5 prizes. They can now fix up anything to improve their story, animation, editing, sound, etc and included it into their reel or portfolio.

Please bookmark, join, follow, friend, bend, fold, but don't multilate this blog. Click the ads too.
Thank you.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Final Woodbury 24 Hour Animation films

Throughout the night, 35 busy animation students of Woodbury University, continued to work on their :30 second animation projects for the year's 24 Hours animation contest. Some took naps while other team members worked into the early hours of Saturday morning. Progress was being made slowly frame by frame.

I got there around 8:30am to see how everyone was doing. Most were tired, but they still were on the clock and ready to face the final hours.

Breakfast came around 9am, Ric Heitzman brought donuts and coffee while Sue Kroyer arrived with homemade muffins and fresh fruit.

The students enjoyed them both and showed us the progress they had made during the night.

Soon it was back to work to finish their projects before the deadline later in day around 4pm. Now its Crunch time.

That Final Hour
With the goal in sight, the 23rd hour goes by quicker than normal. Many teams submitted their projects before this hour while others are still finalizing things up. 

Things can go wrong now or take longer to accomplish during this final hour especially due to lack of or no sleep. Uploading takes longer than normal, even clicking your mouse seems slower as well. The Pressure is on now and the deadline is getting closer and closer. Will they making it in time?

Well, I'm happy to report that after all the hard work in a 24 hour period, here are the final animated films of the 2017 24 hours animation contest from Woodbury University.
If you have any comments for the animators, please let us know...  And now, here are their films.

Team Deception 

Team Get us out of here

Team Charlie's Animators

Team Lemon Bar

Team Taco Holiday

 A Team

Team Hunky Brunch

All in all, everyone had a great time and I am proud of of all 35 who stepped up and made it happen. If you have any comments or suggestions for any of the teams, please leave a comment below. And click on the ads to show your love for this animation blog.

Get a good night's sleep everyone and hopefully we will do this again next year. Good night...

But the story continues...
Next Post: 24 Hours Animation Contest Winners 2017

Did you learn something or enjoy this post? Click on the Ads to help some animals in need. We're at $50.00, Google won't send us an official check until after we reach $100 in clicks. We want to make a donation to a deserving animal shelter and so every click will help.
Thank You!