Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mark Oftedal short

Thanks to Joe for finding this.  Here is a link to the film, "4pm", which features some nice hand acting.  Sorry I couldn't figure out how to embed it:

Notes from Eyes lecture

Get it:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Slip update

Hey Victor,

I hit most of the notes still fleshing some stuff out. I wanted to post my WIP.


Let me know what you think.



Monday, March 21, 2016

Gesture Update


Sorry for the late post.  I'm working on the arc of the ending gesture, and am wondering if this is heading in the right direction of what we discussed in class.  I'd like to have him start to reach up to take a sip, but I worry about adding too many more frames.  Also wondering if the hold needs to be a little longer before his hand drifts down...trying to work with the frames I have.

Note - I have not worked on anything but the SL arm in this shot.

Thank you!

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Hello all,

So I've been working on the notes from class.  One of the major ones being breaking up the body on the "DJ" part (easing in and out).  I feel like I've been fussing with it and dont know if I'm doing more harm than good.  So an eye on that would be super helpful, as I'm getting frustrated.

I've also added in the dialogue and started on a quick pass at the brows.

Would love any and all feedback! Thanks in advance! Ellen

Cody - New Blocking

Hey Victor!

I've reworked my blocking again, trying to make the woman in front more concerned with St. Peter, and making the last line the biggest contrast between attitudes.

What do you think? Still inching along, or getting closer?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Timing changes to shot 5 only

Hi Victor, I made the timing changes to shot 5 (sped up the 2 looks and the hand on the shoulder) and wanted to see if it's close.  I think it's reading better but I'm not sure if it's there yet.  Thanks and have a great weekend.


Friday, March 18, 2016

A primer on editing techniques

Thought you guys might find this interesting:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

block to spline: always a good time...

Hey all! I hope everyone is doing well!

Here's where I'm at with splining.  I want to make sure it's translating well from block.  That it feels the same, and has the same punch.  Aside from the terrible constraint popping on the forward arm, how's it looking?

Sync Sketch Link

Thank you in advance! Ellen

Shot Progress

Hi everyone,

Hope those of you who went to BACC yesterday had fun!

I've been working on that same hand gesture at the end of my shot quite a bit, so I'm hoping this is looking a lot more natural.

I just took the rest of it to spline, aside from the eyes (blinks and such), so I'm currently working on cleaning that up.

Thank you in advance,


p.s. I'm still looking for a less loud background.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hand size

Hi Victor, I was able to unlock some channels and scale up the finger and palm size on the bodyguard and Lieutenant.  Here's a link with a before and after, will def. need some re-posing but I'm wondering if it's getting in the ballpark or if it's too subtle?

I didn't have much luck with the lattice but if anyone has a good solution/workflow I'm open to any and all suggestions.  Thanks so much and have a great weekend everybody...



Hey Victor,

Sorry I missed your class yesterday. I've been really sick all week. I just wanted post my WIP. It's still pretty rough.




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lecture notes

Hi Class,
In the feedback surveys I heard mention that some of you would like to have copies of the notes from my lectures, so I've made some rough exports of the text from my Keynote files so far.  I've removed most of the images and examples, so it's mostly bullet-points, but hopefully it helps.  You can download them here.  Let me know if the link doesn't work!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Shot Update


I've been working on the notes from class, mainly the end gesture where he says, "Legally, I'm disowning you."  We had discussed that the move was just a gesture and not necessarily a point at his son offscreen, and that he should lead with his head.

I can't tell if it's looking better than what I had at this point, because I've been staring at it for so long.  I did put it into spline so I could get into offsetting of the arm/hand more easily, so it's definitely looking a little even and floaty at the moment.

I'd appreciate your thoughts to see if I'm still going in the right direction.

Oh, and FYI, I haven't done anything about the notes on his mouth just yet.

Thank you in advance!


Blocking plus

Hi all!

This round is of making the changes per class on Wed. and adding more breakdowns/information.  I have yet to find a paper rig that I like, and the one I'm trying to make is in the works.  I would def like to add the note of rolling up the paper.  Also, the eye lids are getting out of sync with what I'm doing, so I will be making a pass at that, but anything glaring will help. Other than that, any general or nit-picky notes will be great as I move into spline.

Sync Sketch Link

Thanks! Ellen

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cody - Ideas for Dialogues

Hey Victor! I've been going through the dialogues I brought to class and thinking of ideas that might go well.

My favorite so far is using the clip with two old women:

My idea is that the two women have just died and are at the pearly gates, recounting how they've spent their lives. The woman in back says a little too much information, they argue, etc. I think it could be fun to add the stress of constantly being watched by St. Peter behind the podium and trying to be on their best behavior.

(Still not sure how I'd like to compose the shot. If you have any suggestions, that would be great)

Just in case, my backup idea is using the awesome Christopher Plummer dialogue:

The shot would be of Santa talking to an elf in a breakroom at the north pole, telling him a story of a terrible christmas party he was forced into going to:

What do you think?

Paper rig

Hey all!

Per class crit on Wednesday, I have been attempting to find a paper rig that does what I want it to do.  Before I try my hand at rigging one, I was wondering if any of you have a or know of a paper rig that rolls up.  Any thoughts or suggestions on the matter would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! Ellen

Mid-term class surveys

Hi Class,
By now you should have received a survey from AnimC asking about how you're liking the class so far.  If you haven't already, please fill these out and return them as soon as you can.  I find the feedback very useful for improving and adjusting the class, and the feedback is given to me anonymously, so you can be completely honest.  Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Hello Class,

I'm sorry I couldn't be there today, i'm sure all your shot are coming great :)

I took your notes and re-block again, please let me know what you guys think, I think is getting better.

Here is the link:

Have a great week, I'll see you next time.