Monday, December 31, 2012

The Brave Locomotive - Facebook Page

The Brave Locomotive now has an official Facebook page!  You can follow updates on production and other related news and insights here!

The debut of the page also coincides with the release of the second official screenshot - Linus' passengers delighting in the mountain scenery.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Quit Smoking" by Make

Congratulations to my wonderful colleagues at MAKE for creating these 2D animated / live action hybrid PSAs.  You guys make it seem effortless, and continue to be a principal supplier of quality hand-drawn animation.  I can't wait to see all of the other great 2D projects you have in queue waiting to be released!

This was one of the last projects I contributed animation to before coming to Disney.

The behind-the-scenes clip brings back some fun memories:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph Trailer

I'm so excited to be animating on this movie!  The first trailer is here, and you can also watch it on the beautifully-designed official site!  Play the Fix-It Felix Jr. 8-bit arcade game there as well, to see where Ralph comes from!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Disney Final Review!

Passed my final review at Disney today! So excited to be continuing on to animate on Wreck-It Ralph! Many thanks to Malcon Pierce, Adam Green, Chad Sellers, Daniel Martin Peixe, Chris Cordingley, Becky Bresee and Clay Kaytis for all their amazing mentoring in the Talent Development Program.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

December 11 Second Club Winner!

Taken aback and delighted that my entry was selected again for this month's 11 Second Club! Below is the HD version as it appears on my Vimeo page.

I was not originally intending to do two competitions back to back, but when I heard December's audio clip of Pete Postlethwaite from Clash of the Titans, it conjured an almost instantaneous visual in my mind of a mountain goat. Something about the sad, wavering, almost braying quality of his dribbly baritone. A spark had been lit, and I immediately began gathering reference images and videos. The one that most captured the spirit I was going for is right here:

The feeling of an elder imparting wisdom upon a naive youth was a scenario that felt ripe for interpretation. Gandalf and Frodo, Obi-Wan and Luke, Merlin and Wart, Mufasa and Simba, Mystics and Gelflings, Doc and Marty, the Stag and Bambi - the list goes on. And along that same path, I'd never done sincere acting with quadrupeds before. So many new challenges about this assignment made it worthy of the energy expenditure for me.

An early digital concept and a sketchbook drawing of my first impressions of the audio:

As with my November entry Rendezvous, I treated this endeavor as a hypothetical proof of concept / animation test for a larger idea. The character designs and poses were explored before animating to a degree that would give foundation to the thumb-nailing process. Once I blocked in my thumbnail key poses relative to the layout, I tied them down and made changes to the character designs on the fly to streamline them, increase the appeal, and make the spacing issues come together.

Big cats are hard to draw, so I watched a lot of footage of mountain lions pacing, and really tried to absorb what is different about their anatomy from a mountain goat's, and what defines their personality in their movement. I really responded to how big and thick their limbs are, and how their midsections have a weighted, sagging quality. Their default expression is some combination of apathy, pride, malice, and voracity.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

11 Second Club Interview

Here is an interview I did regarding my November entry, conducted and compiled by the wonderful Steven Hawthorne. His questions were thoughtful and specific, and really fun to answer. Thanks, Steven!