May 27, 2013

A Reaction to ''Roll"

     About a week ago I got a message from my fellow animation friend Edric Yamamoto saying that his son Grey loves watching "Roll". Apparently he watches it at least once a week, and so Edric recorded him watching. His reaction made me so happy, and it made it worth it all over again.

     As Edric put it in his message to me, "If you can make a 2-year old laugh and dance and watch it in its entirety over and over...I'd call it a smashing success." Never would I have thought that a simple story about a ball could have such a reaction by so many different people. Seeing this was incredibly humbling, and it made me so proud of both myself and the other animators who brought this little red ball to life. Thank you for all of the support.

Here's the original film. It's at 600 views! So cool.

Plus a link to the "Making Of"

May 19, 2013

ANI 115 Animations

     The brutal but fun 2D Animation class ANI 115 is now over with. It was quite the experience and challenge trying to bring life and entertainment to characters with the purposefully mundane topics we were given as assignments. But I think that's what make the Animation/Illustration program at SJSU so successful; the students are intentionally challenged to achieve the impossible.

I put together my Waving, Putting on a Coat, and Sitting in a Chair animation tests into one video.
As you will see, they are unfinished, but I'm fairly pleased with the outcome.

A portion of the class was also based off of character design. I came up with a guy named Phillip, a somewhat pathetic human being who can't seem to cut a break. He lives in Canada and sells Post-It's for a living. But one day he's had enough. He can't impress women and he's tired of living in the cold,snowy world of northern North America. So he quits his job to move down to Jamaica to open up a coconut drink stand called Crazy Coco's. It is there that his new life will begin.

You can see from both the animation and the following drawings that the design of the character changes a bit. This was primarily due to the fact that I wanted to simplify my design. I didn't want to get bogged down in the detail, especially since we only have a few days to animate these tests anyways. Plus a lot of my classmates were saying that my character resembled George from Paperman, and that was not my intention at all.

May 18, 2013

Edith and the Bear Preview

This semester I've had the honor to animate and 
work on the short film Edith and the Bear, directed by Hillary Bradfield.
This is a super cute coming-of-age story about a little girl and her best friend Bear.
The film has taken 4 months to animate and put together, and now it's almost here!

Enjoy the trailer below, and come to our program's  End of the Semester Screening at University Theatre on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. to witness it in all it's beauty and glory.

Edith and The Bear Official Trailer