Saturday, January 16, 2010

AM Class 5

Hey guys,

I hope you all had a good start into 2010 and a happy Christmas!
I took some time off from animation and the computer, and the trip to Vienna was really nice :)
On January 4th the new term started and I'll finish the dialogue assignment and add facial animation and lipsync.

The next assignment after this one will involve 2 characters and it'll be a sequence of several shots. I still need to find a good audio clip for that.

My mentor this term is Dana Boadway, and the first two Q&As have been really awesome. Dana works as a freelance animator and has been involved in many different projects. She animated on feature films such as "The Wild" or "Everyone's Hero", television shows and computer games such as "Halo 3". She has been teaching at Animation Mentor since 2007 and has a backround in acting and dance, which is awesome.
If you want to get a glimpse of her teaching check out her e-critique on the 11secondclub! This is very much like the critiques we get every week, however they are usually between 5 and 15 minutes long.

Assignment week 501 - Face Blocking

Planning - Dialogue Analysis

Planning - Emotions

Since I'm a big fan of Artbooks and Animation Books, I thought I'd mention a few of my favorites here on the blog...

Featured Artbook:
A few days ago I received a copy of the amazing Disney Artbook "Paper Dreams - The Art and Artists of Disney Storyboards" by John Canemaker, and it is one beautiful book! It's been out of print but you can still get it through Amazon Marketplace or ebay, I was lucky to get a mint copy for a crazy cheap price.

It contains tons of artwork, storyboard panels or development sketches from early cartoons of the 30's, later Disney features up until more recent Disney and Pixar films. But beware, it is a pretty large book :)


  1. Hey Thom, whats up?! I'm an AMer also. I've commented on your stuff once or twice on campus. It's awesome that I found your blog too!

    Anyways here are a few websites I like to get sound clips from, hopefully you can find something u like!

  2. Hey Tom, this is a real animation gem- I love everything: her subtle head shakes, her expressions, the hand gestures,... this is a truly amazing shot. You managed to give her a real personality that reminds me of real situations.

    And by the way- the book you recommend is great. I managed to get a mint copy as well and I love it :)


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