Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stop Motion Experiment

As part of our second year classes we are doing a stop motion exercise. Model making, set making. It's all very tactile and dare I say, therapeutic. I have shot this one second test in black and white to check tonal contrasts.

Wombat test from Frank G on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The power of a showreel - 1st year work

At the end of first year, I had the chance to apply for an animation project job. A producer had found me through the Queensland Animators web site.

My student philosophy: " The best way to learn about animation (the whole shamozzle including getting paid) is to do it".

Not knowing how to plan and build an effective a showreel, I built one anyway, to present to the prospective client at our first meeting. Despite all that, I got the job!

If any grade ones are visiting this blog. I reckon you should try to make appealing work* at every opportunity, every assessment task, and keep updating your showreel with the "best of".

There's some more hints on making an effective showreel here and here.

*rough work can still be 'appealing'.

A mini showreel made after first year @ animation school from Frank G on Vimeo.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Industry Knowledge: Brisbane Map

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I'm just going to try something out here. One of our classes is "Industry Knowledge" and I found it difficult to visualise the animation industry in and around Brisbane. So I thought I'd try to map it as a visual exercise using Google Maps.

There already is a Brisbane Media Map developed by QUT. I'm refining my map down to animation related sites using the resources from the Queensland Animators web site (thanks, Terry!) and the BMM.