Monday, February 29, 2016

Rough Blockings

Hi Victor,

Here is my very rough blocking of him starting brushing his teeth.

I tried 2 versions because as I was doing the second version I though about him being much more contained brushing his teeth to be more coherent with his current mood. So the second version has no ending, but it will be the same last beat as the others.

This is the first version I showed you last class:

This is the second version where he starts brushing his teeth and I realized he was doing too much with his mouth. (No ending)

This is the third more contained version of him brushing his teeth.

Please let me know if any of this work, if not to start blocking out the one where he grabs the green toothbrush and then realizes the pink one is there.

Also for the ending I cant decide if he grabs the toothbrush with his hand or not? What would you think it would be best?

Thank you


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Blocking Adjustments

Hi Everyone,

Made the major changes from the notes. Moved most of the screen right animation to the screen left arm and adjusted the body, face etc to follow.....Also added in the two suggested glances off screen left. The changes make the shot different but I think its done its job simplifying the shifting arm moves. Hopefully its still working with the same tone as before the changes. Any notes welcome. Thanks!


Blocking Plus


I've been working on some of the suggestions from last class, and am moving further into the Blocking Plus stage.  I've mostly worked on the first half when he takes a drink.  I'm playing around with how to make the swallow interesting, so hopefully that's looking a little more fleshed out.

Thank you for any feedback!

Good luck on your applications! :D


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Last class?

Hi everyone, quick question... what is the date of the last class?  Thanks and have a great weekend.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Layout/Rough Blocking


Here is my new dialogue shot in its infancy stages!  I decided to go with just the 1 character instead of having the 2nd one in there as an over the shoulder.

I hope things are reading clearly.  Again, this is almost at a layout stage, with a little bit of detail.  I plan to get into the poses even more and really flesh them out.

I've also included my reference that I'm using for inspiration.

Thanks in advance!




New Shot, VERY rough blocking

Hey all! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

So it took some time for me to figure out the character. I went back and forth about how I wanted to play it.  Alot of the prep work I did doesnt really apply anymore :)

So here is a VERY rough blocking on how I want this to go.  (I do want to add a little shaky cam, but if it wont work or is too cliche, Im fine with leaving it out.)

Thank you in advance! Ellen


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Polishing Notes

Hi Victor

I hope you all are having a great weekend.

I addressed most of the notes of my head turn, I still have to  work on the settle at the end.
Do you guys have any suggestion to make Malcom looks like he is breathing?

Thank you and I'll continue to work on this plus the notes you give me.



Cody - IP/Polish

Hey Victor!

I've been working a lot on my shot. I was able to take out the frames in the middle of the lift and combine the two motions into one. Right now, I'm working on her reaction and was trying to get a nice arc on her nose when she gets pulled in, but it seems like her head is being whipped too fast now. What do you think? Do you see anything that stands out?

Thank you!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ideas and Revisions

Hi everyone,

My mother's better!  Yay!  (My motherboard/computer).  :P

Below are 2 audio clips that I like for the next assignment along with a pantomime idea, and a revision to my Emotion Change shot from last week.

1) Audio - "We've Had A Good Run" - Closeup Dialogue, Choice 3c

I'd like to animate the guy speaking to his son, who is off screen, perhaps at a restaurant.  There is an obvious clink in a glass, so I imagine he'd be holding a drink as a prop.

2) Audio - "I'm Un-adopting You" - 2-Person Dialogue, Choice 3d

This clip is from the same conversation as my first audio, but I thought either could be fun.  I picture a similar scenario as the other, but it could be fun to animate this as a 2-Person scene.

 3) Pantomime - Personal Routine, Choice 3e

Since Victor said no one hardly does this option, I thought it could be fun, but what do I do that would be interesting?  I have lots of cats, and almost every night when getting into bed, one of them is smack dab in the middle, leaving me no room.  I'm sure people with pets know exactly what I'm referring to...

I don't necessarily want to kick my cat off, so I get in bed and under the covers very strategically so as not to totally disturb her.  I thought this would be an interesting challenge of body mechanics with some entertainment that people with pets can relate to.

4) Emotion Change Revision

I hope this is looking better!  The character now inches back a little, nervously, as suggested in class, and I've gotten a bit more into the polishing stage.

Thanks in advance for any notes or comments.


New Assignment: Acting choices ideas

Hey all! I hope you all had a great 3 day weekend!

So here are a couple acting ideas I would love some feedback on.

3c: Closeup Dialog

dialogue #1

A guy in community college about to graduate his 2yrs thinks hopefully/wistfully about becoming a DJ.  When looking at his friends and their reaction (going internally), he throws out being a lumberjack, dejected.

It would be a subtle emotion change, but I like the idea of him going internally and seeing how he comes to the idea that his idea is "stupid"

3g: Listening

dialogue #2

The one listening is the speakers wife.  Annoyed at first (she's heard this all before),  agreement (yes, always the same thing. yes, you are annoying),  aghast (he's about to pick apart her annoyances?!), agreement, (yep, so what).

I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.  If you think that the audios would be better suited for one of the other choices, please let me know.  Anything you can suggest to enhance each of these would be appreciated as well!

Thanks in advance! Ellen

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Hi Class

Here is the blocking for my head turn, any feedback is appreciated. Hope you guys have a great start of the week.



Emotion Change

Heeeeey all!

So this week is the emotion change.

Per Jamie's previous post about Malcolm's eyebrows,  I have, at various stages reblocked this shot 5 times because I didn't know what the problem was having had no problems with him before.  With that being said, I've got this to a good state in blocking.

I hope the emotions are reading.  Thank you in advance!

Sync Sketch Link

Emotion Change - 1st Spline Pass


Here is my 1st pass in spline.  Malcolm in Maya 2010 was behaving, so yay!

The idea is that my character is being caught in a lie, and he's trying to play it cool, which I hope is reading!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Issue with Malcolm's eyebrows


Has anyone ever had Malcolm's eyebrow controls stop working mid-shot?  Luckily I'm not far into the shot, but I don't want to continue with him if I can't figure it out.  One second they're working fine, and then the next they won't move at all, as if they're no longer rigged.

I'd love your input.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Cody - Polish + New Idea

Hey Victor!

I did some polish on the little cowboy shot and addressed the notes you gave me. Here's the syncsketch link:

I'm also trying to figure out what to do for my physical shot. I looked back at the old one I started with you last class, and I think I like it, but I also found a really nice piece of dialogue that I think could be really fun to animate a physical character to.

Old shot IP:

New Dialogue:

Whatever we decide, I'll be able to make a lot of progress this weekend. Thanks for the help!

- Cody

Monday, February 1, 2016


Hey everyone!

My name is Cody, I'm an animator here in San Francisco, and I studied animation at Academy of Art. Please excuse me for missing the first class! I've been working hard on some shots over the holidays, and I'm excited to get some notes and meet you all this week. See you soon!