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Photoshop Animation Tutorial

A really helpful Photoshop Animation tutorial by Charles Huettner and Caleb Wood!

Short Film by Eran Hilleli

Graduation film from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Ten Minute Talks Return!


Ten Minute Talks start October 7th at 3:30 PM in Brown 215.
Stop by the first talk of the semester to learn about sculpting polymer clay with Drew Shields.
Lastly, check out the upcoming talks and spread the word. All majors are welcome!


New work from Nathan Love!

What do you think about this character animation?

Life Drawing in Animation

Watch Glen Keane use life drawing for his new animation Nephtali.

Ten Minute Talks

Hello! Ten Minute Talks are back for the 2015 Spring semester. Stop by BR 205 on the following Wednesdays at 2:30 for some quick information and inspiration!

Paulene P/ Storyboard Pro/ Feb 4
Bhakti Patel/ Thesis Process/ Feb 11
Anton M./ 3D Pixel Art/ Feb 18
Drew Shields/ Cinema 4D/ Feb 25
Lauren Puglisi/ Production Pipeline/ April 1
Brit B./ Storytelling/ April 8
Nicky St. Onge/ Fabricated Characters in 2D Space/ March 4
Jill M./ zBrush/ March 11
Tynesha F./ Thesis Process/ March 25

Shortcuts in Premiere

Here’s a slew of helpful shortcuts when you’re working in Premiere, there are more if you follow the link.

Clay Asbury

Premiere Pro CC features additional helpful keyboard shortcuts. This is a list of Timeline Shortcuts that will speed up your video editing and let you work smarter.

I previously looked at time saving tips in Premiere Pro CS 6 here and here. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro CC has added a lot of shortcuts to the Default keyboard settings, which saves you the time of adding them individually.

To clarify keyboard shortcuts: Mac users have Command & Option, PC users have Control & Alt.  The following shortcuts are written with Command & Option.  Simply sub these keys out for Control & Alt on a PC.

All the Default Shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC are listed here.  Let’s dive into some of the must know timeline shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC:

  1. Toggle Audio Scrub:
    Shift + S

    Sometimes you want to hear audio when you scrub, sometimes you don’t. Turning off scrubbing increases processing power.

  2. Toggle Trim Type:
    Control + T (Shift on PC)

    Toggles between standard trim (leaves a gap), ripple and roll.

  3. Ripple Trim:
    Next Edit – W , Previous Edit – Q

    Lets you trim the head or tail of a clip, a quick way to work.

  4. Slip Clip in Sequence:
    Option+ Command + left/right keys
    Add Shift to move 5 frames

    Changes the in and out points of the clip in the Premiere Pro timeline.  Note, it doesn’t change the length of the clip.

  5. Slide Clip in Sequence:
    Option + , (left) or Option +. (right)
    Add Shift to move 5 frames

    Looks at 3 clips, slides the middle clip left or right.  Thehe clips to the left/right adjust in length (the middle clip stays the same length).

  6. Add keyframes to Opacity/Volume:
    Command Click with Selection Tool

    This is quicker than switching to the pen tool to add keyframes and then switching back to the selection tool. If you don’t see the white line for opacity/volume, go to the wrench (Timeline Display Settings) and select “Show Video Keyframes” or “Show Audio Keyframes”.

  7. Nudge (move a clip up or down):
    Up or Down Arrows

    Hold Alt/Option to select just video or audio (or click the linked selection button), then use the up or down arrow. This will add tracks if they don’t already exist (similar to the FCP behavior)

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Welcome Pizza Party

Hey there!!


We are ready to kick off the semester with a WELCOME PIZZA PARTY for all Animation students!!!

Come to FOX 213 – Our new Senior Studio space at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, September 10 for some pizza and updates on the semester.

See you all there!


Early Henry Selick shorts

Here is a collection of inspiring work by Henry Selick, including his pencil tests for Disney when he went to Cal Arts, a few of his MTV bumpers, and personal work prior to Nightmare Before Christmas.


The Collective: A podcast worth your time

The Collective is dedicated to a raw and honest discussion with entertainment industry professionals; from designers, to filmmakers, to musicians. Bringing you the most creative, driven, and passionate people from all walks of life.

CG Student Awards


Why submit?


You win a bunch of prizes just for entering. This means you have absolutely no reasons not to enter!

Sponsor Prize
Siteground  12 Months Website Hosting Package
Digital Tutors  1 Month Access to Training
3D Total  3D Creative Issue
3D Total  2D Artist Issue
Prize Value: $80.00


To learn more about the prizes, check out:

You could also win internships:



Like this… Not this…

Some amazingly helpful hints when trying to make your animations more successful and exciting.



Reel Roulette

Today in Junior Seminar, Marsha from Career Development stopped by and mentioned a website called Reel Roulette.


Reel Roulette features demo reels from motion graphic artists, animators, compositors, visual effects artists, etc. All you have to do click “Next Reel” and you jump to a random demo reel which you can “like”. Anyone can submit their demo reel to the site (via a vimeo link) and it gets added to their collection.

Its a great way to get your work out there and also discover whats out there.

I submitted mine this morning and here’s what it looks like:


Norman McLaren Film Screening

Here’s the Facebook event page for the Norman McLaren film screening this Wednesday (April 9th) at Holy Underground at 2021 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 there is street parking and the event is free. The screening begins at 8pm and will conclude at 10pm.


Films being screened are INCLUDING (but not limited to):

– Stars & Stripes
– Begone Dull Care
– Neighbours
– Lines Horizontal
– Lines Vertical
– La Poulette Grise
– A Chairy Tale
– Synchromy
– Pas de Deux

+ The Eye Hears, The Ear Sees (a short documentary on McLaren’s career, also on 16mm) 

Artist Adventures – Olivia Huynh

Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small.

Direction/Animation: Olivia HUYNH
Produced by: CERF+ ( , )
Funding from: Joan Mitchell Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Windgate Charitable Foundation


These past few weeks, I am sure some of you may have noticed that the animation department has been getting quite a few frequent visits from one of our favorite alumni, Olivia Huynh (BFA Animation ’13). She had been working on this short for the last few months and as her part of her process, she came in to ask students in Max Porter’s Production class and also came into our AMP meetings to ask AMP mentors for feedback and critique. And in return we learned a lot about freelance life after MICA and the current industry. We also got some amazing crits on our current work.


It’s a great animation for a great cause.  Congrats Olivia on another successful project!

Pass it along and be sure to check out CERF+.

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Henning Sanden – Modeling Demo Reel


Henning Sanden created a really nice 3D modeling demo reel.  So what’s neat about it?

1) He labels all his projects in the lower left hand corner.

2) Model turntables. He does full 360 rotations of his models.

3) Lighting. He uses really nice area lights (or something similar) that is diffused like a soft box, so its wide enough that it isn’t too harsh or pinpointed and at the same time, it allows me to see what kind of specularity/reflection/refraction/incandescence he has on his textures. Pretty much, they not only show of his modeling skills, but also his texturing skills. For the models where he is just showing off his modeling skills, he uses a red light on one side of it. This really adds some depth and dimension.

4) Wireframes. Occasionally, he will show off his wireframe, which is really neat to see because its so clean.

5) He varies things up. Based on each project, things change. He picks and chooses which project to show off the model, wireframe, finished renders, textures, etc. He’s also selective about what he says for each project. Most projects, he just wrote the name of the project, but for the last project, he mentioned his process, which is really important just for that one project.

6) The description. Instead of putting all the information right there  in the demo reel, he chose to leave some of it for the description, which reads:

“This is my modeling reel for 2014.

Primary tools – modo and Maya
Sculpting – ZBrush
Texturing – Mari
Rendering -Vray and modo
Photoscanning – Agisoft Photoscan
Compositing – Nuke
You can see more of my work on my website –”

What’s great about that is that when I watch his demo reel, I can just enjoy it without having to worry so much about reading all the text in time before it changes to the next clip.


Anyways, check out Henning Sanden’s work. It is seriously some amazing stuff. Website is .

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10 Minute Talks: Cinema 4D (Wed. @ 2:30pm. BR205)


Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Brown 205

Really cute stop motion

Short stop motion created by Patrick Boivin.For something like this, most people take a CG route, it was really cool to see someone go in a different direction using stop motion and physical puppeteering.

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The Animation behind Oscar-noimated feature – Ernest and Celestine

Ernest & Celestine’s director Benjamin Renner gives a look into the computer animation techniques he used to give his Oscar-nominated feature its hand-drawn, minimalist aesthetic. Find out how drawing tablets, watercolor effects and Flash software brought the pages of Gabriel Vincent’s celebrated children’s picture book to life.

Opening March 14th in NYC and LA, followed by nationwide release.

Read more:

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A Spring Break Challenge


Character Artist at Blizzard Entertainment, Tyson Murphy, did a neat little exercise where he took a scene from a movie and painted over it and he ended up with a really awesome result. Give it a shot.




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Interesting Character Demo Reel – Stefan Mayr


I came across this demo reel a few months ago and thought it was really interesting how he created his demo reel. It was put together pretty well and here are just a few things that he does really well:

1) He shows what programs he uses in a very simple way. By adding the icons to the side whenever he presents a new project.
Really simple and nicely done and also not distracting. Its not like 5 different colors or anything, just simple and clean.

2) He started with his strongest work. I loved that character in the beginning and immediately wanted to watch the rest of it.

3) He put his name and contact info in the beginning. Well most people do it right from the start, but he chose to show a clip from his work first, get the audience’s interest, and then put his contact info. Interesting move and in this case it worked well.

4) Character Rotations. Those character rotations are just beautiful. Steady and clean, well lit, and doesn’t have a distracting background. And he also shows off the wireframe.

5) The framing. From 1:20 – 1:30 , I cannot stress enough how smart it was to frame it like that. It lets us see the whole character and just focus on that, and then slowly brings in the rest of the character from head to toe really large.

6) Shot Breakdown. 1:30 – 1:50, a really nice shot breakdown where we can see the final scene, the wireframe, etc.

7) Overlaying Rigs. 1:52 – 2:00, he overlaid the rig on top of the character, fading it in and out, so we can actually see how well it was done.


Of course all of these things are not required in a demo reel. You don’t need to show shot breakdowns or do character rotations, or list all the programs you use. It all varies with the kind of work you do, what/who you are making the demo reel for, and what you want to show off. But if you want to present yourself as a character animator/modeler, this is a nice demo reel to inspire you.