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!