Monday, April 28, 2008

Sheridan 2008 Film Trailer

Our good buddy Brock did a Great thing for all us third years at Sheridan. He put together a beautiful montage of scenes taken from all our group films. A great eidt that captures some of the finer moments. I love it. Nice work Brock.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Evil Stevil Jumps Again: A Retrospective Look


So now that the film’s done, school’s done, and I’ve had a chance to settle into some relaxation, I figured it would be interesting to do a little retrospective piece on the experience I’ve had with the film over the past year. Here are a few things I learned through production of this film…some serious…some funny...some seriously funny:

1) Don’t over work a story.
2) Strong characters go a long way.
3) Maintaining continuity takes a lot of organization and communication.
4) Clean up is a bitch.
5) Adobe After Effects is God.
6) Energy drinks are your friend.
7) Sleep is for the weak.
8) Your peers are your greatest resource for learning.
9) When designing a character, be conscious of line mileage. (Tons of wrinkles and hairs suck.)
10) Entertainment value is everything.
11) You’re not making a film for yourself; you’re making it for an audience.
12) Animation is not just a career path, it’s a lifestyle.

Like any valuable life experience, this group film definitely had its ups and downs. As tedious as animation is as an art form…I forgot about any of the struggle we had, all the sleepless nights, any frustration…it totally vanished upon seeing our finished film at the screening. It was such a rewarding experience to have developed some stupid idea I came up with in the shower all the way to something tangible that an audience can enjoy.
All the 3rd year films turned out incredible, and as a class I think we can all be very proud. Each one had its own unique story and visual style. Now, of course I’m a little biased, but our group in particular took on a pretty ambitious film idea, that ended up being one of the longer films and I truly believe it was a success. As a group we were definitely fortunate to have ended up with one another. We had a strong bunch with such a wide variety of strengths to draw from and I’m thankful I got to share this experience with them.

I think the real eye opener for me, was when I started showing our film to my friends and family outside of the animation bubble, who know nothing about the technical side of it. I can sit and pick out every mistake in our film….every continuity error, every pixel that may be off….But does that matter?...Does that ruin the film? Absolutely not. I think as artists we tend to claim ownership of our work and can easily become selfish and want to create it for ourselves…but all art is nothing with out an audience. Animation especially, is a medium used to entertain others. Our audience enjoyed our film (thank god) and didn’t notice any of those nit-picky mistakes that only an animation nerd would. They see it for the story and for the characters. And that’s what it’s all about. If you can communicate a well developed story with engaging characters and have some funny drawings along the way, you will succeed in entertaining your audience and as an animator. (not to discredit the technical side of animation of course.)

Anyways, I went and made a bunch of screen captures of our film for you all to enjoy. I tried to pick frames with some of the more interesting facial expressions and such. Unfortunately I can’t post the actual film online because I think we want to submit it to a few festivals. I’ll be posting my own individual scenes shortly. But for now, take a look at the screen caps. I put the name of the person who did the particular scene under each picture.
Have a good one.


Matt


Haine


Jack

Igor


Frank

Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank

Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank

Frank


Frank


Veronika


Frank


Frank


Rory


Rory


Rory


Rory


Haine


Haine

Rory

Rory


Rory


Rory


Veronika


Jack


Kayla


Jason


Igor


Igor


Tracy


Tracy


Jack and Haine


Vivian and Rory


Vivian


Rory


Rory


Jack


Si Yeun


Veronika


What a ride. Can't wait to do it all again next year...but this time...on my own...*menacing music*

Monday, April 7, 2008

Familiar Faces


Just some random doodles of people I've seen and know.
1) My LIT Prof...a man by the name of Dr. Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (I swear to god I'm not making that name up. Nice guy with the best name I've ever heard.)
2) AL! this is a guy I worked with in landscaping. He's unlike any other human being on the planet. You'd have to meet him to understand. Just to give you an idea though...He drives a neon yellow vespa all year round and covers with with a BBQ cover...He's a Shriner...He drinks about 12 cans of coke a day...He likes to throw gravel at people...The only music he owns is a cassette tape of Nelly's album, Country Grammar.
3) Just some guy i saw. haha no interesting story for him.
4) Eric...another guy i worked with...hilarious guy...He can play the banjo like no other...He reminds me of Dave Grohl.
5) The girl of my dreams.
6) Suspicious looking pony tail smoker guy.
7) Creepy guy that was lurking around Kensington Market DT Toronto.
PS: There's nothing like sketching with BIC ball point pens...goes on the page like butter.
PPS: Evil Stevil Jumps Again is almost done. What a ride it's been. *single tear*

Friday, April 4, 2008

ESJA - Finished BG

This is the final tweaked BG for a couple of my scenes in the film. The major addition was some moodier lighting stuff.
We're entering a very exciting week. Everyone's scenes are to be composited by Monday and then the rest of the week will be spent on the final edit of the film...it should be done by Thursday, April 10th...which also happens to be my birthday. If all goes well, a finished, kickass film would be a damn good birthday present.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

I AM CANADIAN


Because all us Canadians are angular and wear our first initial on our shirts.
"I'm not your BUDDY, guy!"
"He's not your GUY, friend!"
"Well I'm not your FRIEND, buddy!"
"I'm not your BUDDY, guy!"
...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Evil Stevil Frame Grabs

Well, believe it or not, this ain't no April fools day joke. I've ACTUALLY put together a fully composited scene. I figured I'd post just a few screen captures.
Keep in mind that I still have to add in some lighting stuff with after effects and I'll probably tweak the composition a bit. But this'll give you a nice little taste of what's to come.
Be very excited. Evil Stevil WILL Jump Again in 2 weeks!...(I hope)