This is an eye opening documentary about how unfair the VFX industry is and what happened at R and H. check it out…
Many months back during Monsters U, I did an article for 3d world magazine with Rob Denovan, an animator at Pixar. Here is a link to some of the tips.
Take em or leave em. As we all know, it can’t hurt to make lists…:)
Thank you to Rob for helping me with this.
Back in the day when I was teaching at the Academy of Art, we needed a rig for the students to play with. One of the students, Debby Coleman, created Hogan and another student, Morgan Loomis, created the Norman Rig. I hear a new one may be coming…Anyway, those rigs saw so much use and people used them all over the world. We hired so many animators based off the work they did with those rigs. We always wanted the students to create their own characters from the base rig. That was the beauty of it. Nowadays its hard not to recognize the school from the rig. The biggest mistake you can make as a budding animator is to create animation with a mediocre rig. Its also easy to fall into the trap of not setting up the world your character is in. Where are they from?, what are they doing?… Do we care? Sure, the animation is nice, but what story are you trying to tell? I recently was very impressed with the appeal right out of the box with the rig the guys at Animsquad are giving their students. Check out this rig demo. Makes me want to animate it! If you happen to take a class and use a fancy rig, make sure you make compelling, animation. You can quickly fall into the trap of the same character. Think of the rig like an actor. Take Merryl Streep.. She is in effect, the same woman, the same body in all her films, but each character is so different. Each performance she is bringing something interesting. I love the idea of students changing the rig so much that its not the rig I care about, its the performance. I hope to talk more about all the different schools out there in the coming months and what people are really teaching. For me its always been about Personality… Character….!
Now go animate something that is not in grid world and default grey….
I’m doing a lecture for The Art Department next Saturday Jan 25 at 11am pst. Check it out here for more info
We are also doing 4 classes this semester and there is still some room in them for students.
These are live online classes using Adobe connect. The cost is extremely cheap this semester for 16 sessions! It amazing education with some of the best teachers out there so check it out. We have Animation, Character Design, Production Design and Story. All classes are traditionally based (drawing).
A while ago I asked our animation interns at Pixar what some of the good sites were that they learned from were. Here is what they said: Please add more in our comment section and I will add it too the list
Splinedoctors.com more coming in 2014
Speaking of Animation podcast
RhinoHouse.com – subscription based motion reference
KennyRoy.com - free & subscription-based tutorials and demos
AndreasDeja.blogspot.com – Great Inspiration
11secondclub.com – Good forums and lots of free recordings of shot reviews
AnimationMentor.com – free resources for non-students.
jasonryananimation.com – Lots of webinars and tutorials for decent prices
http://spungella.blogspot.com/ – Jean Dennis Haas
http://www.animationtipsandtricks.com/ – Great for daily tips.
http://www.kennyroy.com/ – Awesome educational site and filled with awesome content.
http://lindseyolivares.blogspot.com/ – An artist I have been following with amazing work. I believe she works at Dreamworks now. Very inspiring.
http://forums.cgsociety.org/ – Great community on here.
http://vimeo.com/groups/aniref – Good compilation for reference to view on a daily basis.
http://onanimation.com/ – Lots of content updated all the time and constantly posts great animation reels to stay inspired.
Cartoon Brew: Animation news
Pininterest example: character design kids
more to come….