Category Archives: 2D

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.

 

Like this… Not this…

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

http://vimeo.com/41558459

 

 

Reel Roulette

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

 

http://reelroulette.net/

 

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: http://reelroulette.net/bhaktipatel

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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+ ( http://www.craftemergency.org ,  www.studioprotector.org )
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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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.

ernestandcelestine.com

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

Read more: thecreatorsproject.vice.com/show/the-indelible-artistry-behind-ernest-and-celestine-video

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A Spring Break Challenge

http://tysonmurphy.tumblr.com/

 

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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Cosmic Toast Studios

http://cosmictoaststudios.com/

Cosmic Toast Studios (“CTS”), located in Burbank, California, is a full-service animation and production studio skilled in all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production. CTS houses a fully equipped facility and staff all under one roof so that every step of the production process can be completed within the studio, including animation (both 2D and CGI), writing, storyboarding, animatics, shooting (CTS has its own green screen facility), editing, sound design, music scoring, and song and voiceover recording.

THE STUDIO

425 North Moss Street
Burbank, CA 91502

T. 818.845.6555
F. 818.878.8547
E. info@cosmictoaststudios.com

LOOKING FOR A JOB OR INTERNSHIP? Email them if interested.

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Really Cool Tutorial on Animating in Photoshop

To those of you who attended Juliana’s 10 minute talk and want to learn more about animating in Photoshop, here’s a great tutorial on how to do that.

Thank you Natasha Nayo for sending us this link!

Blue Sky Studios Internships

http://blueskystudios.com/working-here/internship-program/

Our summer internship program is a fun, exciting and educationally-packed 10 weeks.  Each intern is specially selected and placed in a department that best fits their skills and interests.  Throughout the 10 weeks they will be mentored and supervised by a Blue Sky pro in that field.

If you are currently studying computer science, animation or film, then we encourage you to apply and join us this summer for this fantastic experience.

We will be looking for interns for in the following disciplines:

Animation
Visual Development
Story
Editorial
Fur
Materials
Modeling
Lighting
Production Engineering
Research & Development

To apply, you will need 2 letters of recommendation from either professors, or professionals in the business.  For artistic positions, you’ll need to create an on-line portfolio and/or reel.   We recommend that if you are applying to more than one position, you create a separate reel or portfolio for each.

  • Application process is now open.
  • Application process closes on April 11, 2014
  • To apply, please email us your resume, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, and if applicable, a link to your reel and/or portfolio.  Email the above mentioned to: intern_resumes@blueskystudios.com
  • Please note in your subject field which department you are applying for.  (EG: Internship – Story)
  • Summer internship starts on June 2, 2014
  • Summer internship ends on August 8, 2014
  • The internship is open to all undergrad and graduate college students whose graduation dates fall within the following time frame: Winter 2013 through Spring 2015.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Pixar Internships

Interested in internships at Pixar?

There are quite a few available for Animation, Art, Post-Production, Story, etc.Also be sure to look into PUP (Pixar Undergraduate Program).

Everything is right here in the link:

http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=PIXAR&cws=6

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Disney Internships

Interested in a Disney Internship?

**If you are graduating this year, look into the talent development program. If you are a sophomore or junior, look into the Art & Production Summer Internship Program.

Talent Development Program: Graduating Students

The Talent Development Program is available for recent graduates of undergraduate or graduate programs (within three years of graduation date) for a 3- or 6-month paid position at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Talent Development Program offers participants a chance to understand the depth of their new skills, refine and strengthen key areas, apply them in our real world environment, and work under the guidance of a Disney Mentor. Talent Development Program is based in our Burbank, California offices. Talent Development Trainees are assigned to a specific discipline such as:

  • Story
  • Visual Development
  • Modeling
  • Animation
  • Layout
  • Texture Painting
  • Background Painting
  • Effects Animation
  • Lighting & Compositing
  • Technical Director – Character
  • Technical Director – Hair/Cloth
  • Technical Director – Look
  • Technical Director – Effects
  • Technical Director – Pipeline
  • Production Management
  • Post Production

Art & Production Summer Internship Program: Students Returning to School in the Fall

Join us for your summer break! Our eight-week Summer Art & Production Intern Program is designed specifically for students who will be returning to school in the fall. As an intern, you will have the unique opportunity to work directly with a Disney mentor as you explore all aspects of art, storytelling, and filmmaking. Your internship will also allow you to meet and collaborate with a talented group of students from around the globe and become part of a multi-disciplinary team focused on both individual and group projects. This once-in-a-lifetime undergraduate program will give you an incredible hands-on experience that will expand your creative horizons and benefit you throughout your entire career.

More information at:

http://www.disneyanimation.com/careers/student

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Art of the Title

Ever seen a really good title sequence? There is actually a lot more to it than just placing text on top of a video. If you haven’t checked this website out, make sure you do:  http://www.artofthetitle.com/

It has all sorts of amazing work, making of videos and interviews, and tips on approaching a title sequence.

Here are two that I found really interesting:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/black-sails/

 

 

 

 

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/iron-man-3/

 

 

 

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Who I Am and What I Want – Chris Shepherd

Does society make you feel a little weird? It makes Pete feel weird too.

From 2005 mayhem in the gong grabbing Who I Am and What I Want.

Directed and written by David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd. Produced by Maria Manton. Featuring Kevin Eldon as Pete. Production company Slinky Pictures.

An animate! film for the Arts Council England and Channel 4.

chrisshepherdfilms.com
davidshrigley.com

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Transferring Large Files

As animators, we are accustomed to having to transfer extremely large files. Here’s a few sites that will make it a little easier for you:

1. Dropbox – Dropbox is a simple to use service that gives you 2 GB for free and you can easily earn more space by making recommendations, or linking it to mailbox or doing a few really small things. Great site, but sometimes it can be a little slow.

2. Wetransferhttp://www.wetransfer.com is super fast and super easy. You can send a file as large 2GB. There is no sign up or annoying emails. Its a simple user-friendly service. This is for temporary transferring though, so files are only good for a week.

3. Ubuntu Onehttps://one.ubuntu.com/

4. Box.com – free version gives you 5GB of space, but file size limit is 250 MB. https://www.box.com/pricing/

5. Apple iCloud – 5 GB of free space – https://www.icloud.com/

6. Amazon Cloud – 5GB of free space  – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000796931&ref_=cd_lm_rd_fp

7. Google Drive – 15 GB of free space – upload any type of file including videos and you can share them.

8. Mediafire – 10 GB and upto 50 GB for FREE  (the catch, there are ads, but seriously, not a big deal) – https://www.mediafire.com/upgrade/

If you can think of more sites or services, let us know.

5 Second Animations

Animations don’t need to be long. GreyscaleGorilla.com, a really cool blog and community of artists, has a competition every month called the Five Second Project. The challenge: create a 5 second animation that somehow related to the theme of the month.

Here are some of the winners and honorable mentions from the last few months. Some of these are just awesome.

5 seconds is pretty quick so give it a shot: http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/five-second-projects/

They take 2D, stop motion, 3d, practically anything that includes some animation.

Theme: Bah Humbug

Theme: Pots ‘n Pans

Theme: Sandcastle

Theme: Monster Bash

Theme: Harder Better Faster Stronger

Student Work: Avi Jacob’s GIF Animations

Avi Jacob , a current senior, just posted a few GIF Animations on Tumblr.

AMP came across them through micaanimation.tumblr.com. Thank you guys for reposting his work.

 

avi_fan avi_rain

 

 aviaht.tumblr.com

Felix Colgrave – The Elephant’s Garden

 

New Animation by Felix Colgrave, this is some REALLY amazing/strange stuff.

Check out Mr. Colgrave’s website: http://aardvarkbutter.com/

BTW he’s in college too.

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Animation Tutorial from Ty Carter

Ty Carter, Designer at Blue Sky Studios, posted a few tutorials regarding painting from a photo reference and understanding design, color and value. It really quick and to the point. Definitely got quite a few really great tips on there.

http://www.tycarter.com/

 

Thanks Paulene for finding this!

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Fred Seibert Interview on the Animation Industry

It’s an interview with Fred Seibert who runs Frederator Studios.

He has some good advice on the animation industry. Check it out:

 

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Digital Painting in Photoshop

Basic to Advanced Color Theory and Illustration Techniques for Photoshop

There is a blog http://www.floobynooby.com/ICG/artvalues.html that features everything that you can possibly imagine about illustrating in Photoshop. Just click on the site, and your mouth will drop at all the amazing things that are on there. Thank you Melissa McIndoe for this great find!

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Animating in Photoshop CS6

For those of you who are animating in Brown where we still are using CS6 rather than CC, animating Photoshop is a little complicated.

Thank you Juliana for finding this rad tutorial that breaks it down for us in 10 minutes.

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RYAN LARKIN – WALKING (1968)

by Ryan Larkin — 1968

An artist’s observation of the way people walk. Ryan Larkin employs a variety of techniques–line drawing, color wash, etc.–to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait of youth, the mincing step of the high-heeled female, the doddering amble of the elderly–all are registered with humor and individuality, to the accompaniment of special sound.

Production : National Film Board of Canada (nfb.ca)

Surf the nfb.ca website, you can stream from a large archive of amazing films and animations, all produced by our lovely neighbors to the north.

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TODOR AND PETRU – CRCR

This awesome pixelation/2D-Animation music video was made by the Animation Collective CRCR (check out their website http://www.crcr.fr/) the same collective that created the Lorn – Ghosst(s) video that I uploaded yesterday.

Interesting to note that Bhakti showed me this last year and it was only today I realized it’s from the same group! The internet is smaller than we might expect people!

Réalisation

/ Rémi BASTIE
/ Nicolas DEHGHANI
/ Jonathan DJOB NKONDO
/ Nicolas PEGON
/ Jérémy PIRES

Production

/ Wizz DESIGN

Techniques

/ Photos et animations 2D.

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Lorn – ‘Ghosst(s)

Artiste : LORN
Titre: Ghosst(s)
Director: CRCR
website: crcr.fr/
tumblr: blog.crcr.fr/
Label: Ninja Tunes
Produced by: QUAD
Producer: Sonlan Tran
Animation: Rémi Bastie, Mathieu Bétard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Nicolas Dehghani, Paul Lacolley, Nicolas Pegon, Jérémy Pires
Compositing: Geoffrey Skrajewski, Philippe Valette

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2D Artist: Ryan Woodward and his film “Thought of You”

Who is Ryan Woodward?

Ryan Woodward began his career as an animator/designer and storyboard artist in 1995.   He has worked for Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Sony Pictures, Cartoon Network, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment and Dreamworks Pictures on films such as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Osmosis Jones, Spider-man 2, Spider-man 3, Where the Wild Things Are, Ironman 2, and Cowboys and Aliens and The Avengers (2012).  Ryan has produced and directed 3 short films, The Loch, The Turtle and The Shark and Aliens that have played in over 40 film festivals worldwide.

Thought of You:

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2D Studio: Catfish Deluxe

http://www.catfishdeluxe.com/index-gb.php

Catfish Deluxe is a creative team primarily focused on developing audio-visual projects (ranging from animation to video games) with a focus on visual design and story development.

Location: France

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