Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Post-CGTarian... Post


Another class is done. This one was fun. JP Sans is an amazing mentor. The class that I took was Acting in Animation with JP Sans over at CGTarian. (Link To Class) JP is a really smart and funny senior animator over at Dreamworks. The class had a really small size too. It was actually only me and one other person, which meant lots of review time. I was one hundred percent okay with this.

The structure for the class is a little different than with AM. For this class, we worked on one shot for each of the three months we were with him. We'd focus on taking each shot through a solid blocking pass. Surprise surprise, the focus was pretty much only on the acting. Without further ado, I shall share my WIP shots.

The first shot only had two weeks of work time, so I didn't get as far along with it. There's no lip synch in this one.

Saving Myself (WIP) from Nick Arbeiter on Vimeo.

This next one had more work done on it, and got a bit farther along than the first. I was really trying to do something more pushed and cartoony with the first one. And here, I wanted to try to push working within the Golden Pose.

When You Do It... (WIP) from Nick Arbeiter on Vimeo.

And for the last one, I wanted to try something I've always wanted to. A villain-type character. JP has animated Pitch for Rise of the Guardians, and I thought it was a good idea to take advantage of this fact. This one does have lip synch in it. Still needs some work. I'd like to see if I can push the feeling of power that he's exuding.

A Tad Suicidal (WIP) from Nick Arbeiter on Vimeo.

I'm not sure if I'm going to finish all three of these for my reel. I think I'll focus two of these first. One of these is definitely going to replace my "Who's the Boss?" shot. I do really feel like I've grown in acting and animating from this class. I've got a whole new way of approaching it now. I do hope it's coming across. I shall keep you all posted on progress made. If you have any notes or comments on the shots, please lemme know!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ok, For Real Though, Bringin' this Back!

Dang man, it's been 11 months since I've posted on here. I'm like, the worst at this. BUT, I'm back! Some small life updates and adventures to ensue!

First up, where am I and what am I doing. Well, I'm now a staffed member of Falcon's Creative Group (I was still an Intern when I last posted). Lots of brand new faces at the studio since last year. Working with Claudio Gonzalez, a former Blue Sky matte painter and compositor; newly hired Adam Coggin who's worked all over, but was a part of one of my favorite short films ever, "Azureus Rising" (Still pulling for this to get made into a feature someday!). There's another Nic now, but he doesn't like to use the "k" in his nickname; he's been in the industry for 17 years now, and has spent a good chunk of that at Dreamworks as a lighter. It's so cool to meet these people!

I've now also taken class five at Animation Mentor. Boola Robella was my mentor for the term. I worked on what I think was a cool sequence. But after having let it sit for so long, I've noticed a lot of things that I want to go back and change about it, or finish polishing. SOOOOO, after my current class, I'm going to go back to do just that! Currently, I've begun a class at CGTarian, Acting in Animation with JP Sans. JP is a senior animator at Dreamworks at present, and he has already begun changing how I approach acting in my shots, only after three weeks! It's actually really crazy how simple his approach to subtext is, but the workflow is sooooo worth it. So soon, you'll be seeing some hopefully awesome new shots!

I'm also going to attempt to start using my Tumblr more as well, for more everyday blog posts that are less strictly animation oriented. So look for other posts here as well!!

Yay! So stay tuned here for some in progress work as well as any other animation blog topics I can think of, like different ways to use reference videos!

My chilling with my wonderful animation buddies from NYC, Kimberly and Sara! Thanks for the fantastic weekend in the city!
Sidenote: I went on a personal trip to NYC a couple weekends ago to hang out with my animation buddies from the north! And scope out the city, since I've never really been there before. It was a blast! Hear more about it on the tumblr!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Life Update!

Hey anyone out there! I feel like it's been long enough for me to have not written a blog about where I'm at now. So let me do just that. An update for everyone!

Since the beginning of this year, I have been given the fortunate opportunity to have gotten an internship! That's right, I'm more official now! I am now a CG Generalist Intern at a fun studio called Falcon's Treehouse! This is a company that works on theme park rides and attractions, from initial design to media production. I'm part of the latter. =P They've been around for 15 years now, making rides like Turtle Trek at Sea World and Men in Black at Universal Studios Orlando. It's a really fun studio to work at with a lot of great people. I'm exceptionally lucky to have gotten this opportunity. But I do enjoy getting to animate every day and work with some friends!

FTH logo, represent!
Speaking of working with friends, I need to give credit where it's due to me even having this gig. Children, this is a story about relationships and knowing people. The only reason I have this job is because a friend of mine, Matt Mann, is working there. He's the one that got me the email that I sent in that lead to an interview that led to an offer letter. And it's also important to note that he also got his position there from someone else we went to school with, a fellow by the name of Andy Pace. I have this internship because of two guys I went to school with! I'm grateful that they thought enough of me to pass the email along my way. And then even more so that Falcon seemed to like me after the interview too. =P

Animation Mentor, I also wouldn't be here without you! Thank you to all my mentors and friends who taught me and critiqued my work to kingdom come on a weekly basis. Even though this is an internship and not an official hired position, it's still my first real animation job. Yay!

So that is where I'm at in my life now! Internship life. I feel as though I've been heavily slacking in my personal animation life though, so I'm starting to get back into that. I actually have shot a couple of different references for shots that I want to make, and I'm constantly finding new dialogue clips for later on. I'm also trying to get some personal projects pushed along for later on this year. But my new shot is more pressing! I should have some blocking or initial posing by next weekend. I'll have new reference cuts in the next couple days. Check out my Vimeo and such to see it before it hits here!

I'd also like to invite you all to listen to a new podcast that's just beginning! My good friend Ellie, creator of The Animator Life Blog, and I have started our own animation podcast! We both have thought about creating an animation podcast previously, and when we found out we both did, we said let's do it. So we have begun the Animator Life Podcast, an animation podcast for students and anyone who loves animation. Or hearing quirky people talk. Some will have more meat on their bones than others, but we also want to cover topics that you might find interesting. I want to do one on using the graph editor, and another on constraint animation. Two things that scare animators just beginning, but can make a world of difference if utilized. We might not make you amazing, but anything we can do to help, we want to! Also, know that if you're an aspiring animator, we are 100% behind you and supportive. Feel free to hit us up with anything. Suggestion, comments, topics you want us to hit. Please check it out!

The Animator Life Podcast Ep. 01- Introductions

Well I think that's all for my update! I should be more active in the coming weeks! More podcasts and animations comin' atcha!