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!