Thursday, January 8, 2009

Animation Research

Improving my animation skills. Got this upcoming project that I've got a great idea for. Just need to understand the process a bit more, apply it to what I already know. Here are a few YouTube vids that give me a bit of inspiration in figuring out how I can achieve what I see in my head.

samurai jack opening theme song

Psyop Animation for MTV HD

Note to self: Full concepts can be achieved by simple shadows and minimum color. In fact using singular colors to signify specific items may enhance the artistic effect, and drive home the point of the overall piece.

The Tranquillity of Shadows

Note To Self: Flow can be understated as long as it is displayed. It may not be necessary to completely follow through to achieve sfumato.

Shadow Animation

Note To Self: Less is more. 2D expansion may even help you achieve 3D flow.

Fische und Schiffe -- Silhouette Animation


Assassin Shooter 2D Animation

Note To Self: But you know what NOT to do.

Silhouette Cut-out Animation: Knight & Dragon

Po's Dream

Batman- Gotham Knight (2008) HD Trailer


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

First Contest of the Year

So here we are, back in the contest saddle again. This time it's for Acer's Aspire One Netbook Contest. A prize package that includes cash and a Netbook of course.

Check it out here:

You do the usual, look over the rules, figure out what you can and can't do, then come up with an idea. Acer's basic idea is just make a vid/ad about the Aspire Netbook and get as many views, ratings, and comments as humanly possible.

For some reason the Alien Conspiracy idea popped into my head and I figured it would be fun to play with animation again.

Threw together a bunch of drawings and graphics mainly using Inkscape and MSpaint and did all the animating in Sony Vegas. I did all the voices and most of the sound effects. So I hope everyone likes it.

As I said, it's all about the views, the ratings, and the comments, so if you wanna help, check out the video on YouTube: and watch and rate highly.

Watch it now: