• See you in Vancouver!

    Ill be giving a class next week in Vancouver. If your a spline doctor reader please say hi and Ill try to bring something to give you. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite cities. This is our last class of the year. We are changing up the masterclass for 2014…There is some really exciting stuff that will happen that I can’t wait to tell you about. All coming soon!

    Also excited that my old pal and supervising animator at sony in vancouver.. Pete Nash will be there giving a talk on his recent work. Hope to see you there!!!


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  • Story Spines

    Sure, you thought  ”Spline Doctor”… Well, the story “spine” is such an important part of creating a film.  In many ways its what a spline is to an animator, the spine is to the writer. How many times have you watched a film and felt where the key moments hit? I thought this site provided some very interesting story charts about how the character changes. Ultimately we want a character to change or for the world around him or her to change. Take a look at these various charts as well and see how your character fits into this structure. One thing about structure is that you need a strong theme. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Make sure you really know why you are making this story and where it comes from… Why is it important to you? More to come




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  • Great Frank Oz interview

    Not sure if you guys have seen this but its a great interview with some interesting insights. Check it out here:


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  • New Look, Feel and Subject Coming

    Yes…. Splinedoctors has been around for almost 10 years! And guess what… I think its time for a change… The whole reason to do this site was to give inspiration and advice regarding animation. The reason I wanted to do all those great spline casts was to learn more from the greats at Pixar… These days it isn’t easy to get the time to do all the posts and podcasts but I do want to change it up a bit… Id like to focus the site more on….. drumroll please….


    For me, animation is a storytelling medium. I think to be successful as an animator you really do need to dive into what makes a good story and in general have your eyes and ears open in regards to it. Hopefully in the posts we will have a different focus. Honestly, I don’t even know if anyone reads this site anymore, but I’m doing it so I can keep learning…and be inspired…

    Thanks for listening. Please suggest topics in the comments.


  • cool reference app

    I came across a cool app for animators. Its called Aniref. It lets you take videos and track arcs as well as selecting the key frames of a video clip. While the price is a bit steep compared to other camera apps its a cool tool. I only imagine it will get better.

    check it out on iTunes… http://www.aniref.com/

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