Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The bouncing ball

Well today I thought I'd have a go at some 2D since I've never really ever done it before. Since I'm convering the basics again anyway I thought I'd start with a bouncing ball so here we go:

[It does work, don't let the multi-coloured bars fool you]

I had lots of fun doing this. Flipbook is a great and simple piece of software to use. In future I'm going to try to have a proper planning/preparation process where I film video ref, followed by a sketchy 2D visualisation with exaggeration/altered timing etc. I've seen this done before and it seems to work really well.

Self Tuition

Now that my time at university has come to and end it has become apparent that I'll have to keep up my motivation and ensure that I continue to learn and advance as an animator. I've been planning animation tests and little excercises in my head for a while but recently I've realised that I'll need order and organisation if I really want to get where I want to be.

Based on another animators idea of organising your own learning methods and creating a syllabus for yourself that reflects schools like Animation Mentor and other tutorial services I have made one of my own. I'll be going back to basics and working my way up to more advanced techniques.

Here's how my syllabus is looking at the moment:

Oh, and I'll also be doing some 2D animation work too!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Student Showcase 2010

Friday was the Degree Show for the Bradford Universities Media School and Department of Creative Technology. The event was held at the National Media Museum in the Pictureville theatre...which looks like this:

I had two of my projects shown, Saturday and OverCharged. I always love seeing my work on the big screen even though it's terrifying and cringe worthy at the same time. It was a great oppertunity to catch up on everyone elses work too. There's a lot of talented people coming out of Bradford University, believe it or not :P

By far, my favourite film of the day was a piece called Time Lapse Britain by Olver Fendley. It's a beautiful film of time lapses from locations all around Britain. Every image is crisp and the composition is astounding.


As you might have noticed (if you check my blog more than once a month), I haven't posted anything in quite a while. This is because I've been madly hard at work, along with the rest of my team, working on our group project. I mentioned the project a while back and also posted the concept art for it. It's an animation called OverCharged and we'd been working on it since last September.

So, we've finished it and it's been online for about a week now. We've received a lot of great reactions and people seem to enjoy it which is great!

Anyway, here it is:


I'd embed it but the blog space is too small to have a nicely sized video. Also, we have a website too - www.over-charged.co.uk

The whole of my group were amazing to work with on the animation. Everyone put LOADS of time in. Sometimes working 17+ hour days. I love the animation but it's obvious that we didn't have enough time towards the end to pay to the animation. Sometimes we had to do 2/3 shots in a day!

It was a great experience and I'd imagine it was quite similar to an industry environment as we were working in the computer labs straight for a month (ish) with each other all day.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think :)

Article gone LIVE

IT'S ALIVE! That's right, the article I mentioned weeks ago has gone live on the Creative Technology section of the University of Bradford website.


It's a great honour to have anything up online about myself and my journey to become an animator. It's not the best written piece in the world and it's also on the cheesey side but I love it hehe. Anyways, go read it and have a laugh. It's about me going to Blitz for their open day before Easter.