So sorry for the lack of legit updates, I've been having trouble with Blogger.
But SO much has been going on, I'll try to cover most of it.
First of all, James Gurney visited a couple weeks ago. He is the writer and artist of Dinotopia and the book "Imaginative Realism" (which I bought and he signed my copy!). For anyone not familiar with his work, he is an AMAZING painter and sculptor and anything else you can think of! His lecture was fantastic and very informative, not to mention he is overall a really swell guy. He stayed pretty late after the lecture to take extra questions and sign books. I've been reading his book and reviewing my noted from his lecture and they always really inspire me. You should all check out his blog --> gurneyjourney.blogspot.com
Next, on Friday we had our most recent guest lecturers, Shane Acker (Director of "9") and Joe Ksander (Animation Director of "9"). Wow. This one was a duzy (is that how you spell that?). And it was such for a number of resasons.
Obviously, I liked "9" well enough, but more than liking the film itself I have been really excited about having something new a different in animated film. So, I already had high appreciation for Acker before hand (which, unfortunately, I think might have shown a bit too much when I spoke to him afterwards). Though, the lecture these two gave about the making of the "9" feature film, blew my mind and showed the audience (especially those who said they had major problems with the film) that none of us had any idea how laboring this film was. Seriously, it seems like these guys and their crew had to go through the fire and the flames to get this thing out.
Now, I REALLY don't feel comfortable sharing everything that Acker and Ksander said, for various reasons, but I will say that this movie is amazingly well crafted for the budget it was on(and that now I know why I love the art style of this film so much). The entire lecture was about solving problems and doing it effectively. I think it inspired a lot of us and I have even more respect now for Acker and his crew and the film itself. I was also very happy to hear a group of guys behind us say "OMG. We HAVE to see this movie" after Acker and Ksander showed the step by step process behind the Seamstress and the Seamstress clip that is all over the internet. Actually, I have heard rumors that a large group of animators went to see the film afterwards. Awesome.
Not to make the entire lecture sound so doom and gloom though, the speakers definitly seemed to be enjoying giving the lecture and there were some incredibly humurous moments ("Then we put our money on making that table as sexy as possible"). For those who know what I'm talking about, I feel like I want a copy of that 5 animation test to cheer me up while I work on my own film.
If it's still out in your area. Go see 9.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Yeah, its still awesome here.
The work load is really starting to get busy, but I thought I'd actually give y'all a quick rundown of what my classes are like.
Basic Perspective- This class is a great way to start the week, its pretty chill and laid back, but it also is teaching us stuff that we really need to know. Overall, just a really good class, that I like doing the homework for!
Color and Design- This class is a beast. No other way to say it. The homework from this class is yet to be rivaled and I imagine it will only be met by the Animation homework. It's not to say that I don't like this class, because I do! It's definitely 60% of my homework time during the week though.
Digital Production- A fun and interesting class. Our teacher is pretty darn cool and he's teaching us how to put our films together, which is great. Homework load in there is minimal right now, yay!
CGI- The only class I'm not stoked to go to right now. Learning MAYA is boooorrring. But I think it will get better.
History of Character Animation- My only Critical studies class, and I like it a lot. The work is slowly moving up in that class, in a way that reminds me of IB history, for any of my classmates who get what I'm saying. I actually have a midterm in there this week.
Story- This class is AWESOME. The teacher is really cool and I love the assignments. I just wish I knew how to get to a scanner in this school so i could actually send my assignments in!
Figure Drawing- is figure drawing. One of my favorite days of the week!
Traditinal Animation- OMG. This class is awesome, mostly because of our amazing teacher. I learn a ton every single week. I have to animate myself as a fish this week!! Fun stuff!
Besides that I've been working in my cube a lot more! There is always some kind of shenanigans going on up there. Mostly because of Tiffany. lol
Also, the other day i was getting frustrated using the lunchbox so I went back to the dorm to "vent draw" and at first I made this for Brittany.
and then I made this. It's a chalk pastel picture of the Seamstress from 9 and probably the scariest thing I've ever drawn. but I got my frustration out! lol
I will be putting pictures from my assignments and stuff at my portfolio blog sometime soon. I promise!