Thursday, September 3, 2009

Binbot V2 Concepts

If you have seen Binbot V1 and is looking for more, we(Jonathan and I) would like to tell you that V2 is being worked on every free moment we got. Below are concepts for V2 and the clip for V1.

August Entry for 11 Second Club Contest

This is my entry for last month's contest. It's about a cowardly hunter who thrusts his apprentice into imminent danger.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shawn Kelly - Animating Eyes and Eyebrows

Another excellent blog post from Shawn Kelly, this time talking about the animation of eyes and eyebrows.

There are 6 tips in this one. My favorite one is number 5(something I didn't realise):

"5. The further away something is, the less the eyes will dart when they are studying it."

For the rest of the tips and more, you can go to the blog post:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crowbar Seminar 2009 Thoughts

I attended the Crowbar Seminar 2009 at Nanyang Polytechnic today.

4 big names in Singapore's advertising/film industry, namely Jeff Cheong, Sng Tong Beng, Mark Fong and Eugene Cheong, and the General Manager of the University of Adelaide Singapore, Lim Mei Mei, came down to talk to attendees on topics about the creative industry.

They were very honest and frank with their words and they seem to be very nice and fun people who cared about the future generation despite the huge reputation that they have and they answered our questions with enthusiasm and sometimes a jab of humor.

Sng Tong Beng said that he envied all of us(students/young artists) because unlike his time, we are privileged with technology and choices and are entering the industry at the possible beginning of a media revolution.

The knowledge and insight I gained from what these experienced and wise people had to say was extremely helpful and revealed the outlook of the creative industry more clearly than before.

Eugene Cheong touched on 'The Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness' and '8 Habits of Highly Creative People'. He basically spelled out, based on his research, what makes up a truly creative person. And in my opinion it mainly comes down to a person's character.

Repeated actions define habits and habits define character.

That also means that excellence cannot be achieved by just an one time effort but a consistent and constant push for success.

They also touched on what they wanted to see in a person they want to hire.

Mark Fong said that the most valuable asset the creative company has is not the computers or software but the talent(employees)that they have.

He also asked what are the things that will make it so irresistible that he would be tempted to hire someone in the fear that a competitor company might 'snatch' him/her for themselves?

Most importantly, the biggest take away from this is that I feel even more inspired to keep faith and push onward with my work more than ever before!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Animation Mentor: New eBook and Industry Survey

Animation Mentor has just released its new eBook and Survey Report today.

The eBook, How to Become an Animator, is its first of the How to Become an Animator series of eBooks. The eBook contains information on the different types of animation jobs, tips on personal goals and researching schools and training programs.

The industry survey, Learn What Future Animators Look for in a School, will also help animators and animation schools to reassess themselves.

So what are you waiting for? Start downloading and find out how to become an animator HERE!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Princess and the Frog - Disney Feature

Disney's newest animated feature, The Princess and the Frog, will star its first African American Princess, and set in one of the greatest musical cities, New Orleans. It marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements.

"From the creators of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana."

You can find lots of behind the scenes video tests and beautiful artwork from the film here:


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