I always have a really great time with these interviews. Here is my full interview with Andy Conroy over at Long Winter Studios. Andy gives some fun insight to his thought process behind creating appealing rigs and animation. We also chat about some of his workflow and he follows that up with a really nice eye and brow demo!
Frozen- Shot Progression from Bobby Pontillas on Vimeo.
"An animation breakdown of one of my favorite moments I was fortunate enough to animate on Frozen! I don't usually shoot video reference extensively, but we were on an accelerated schedule so I had to work efficiently and had one week for this. Crazy but a lot of fun=)"
This is a great quick post on some core principles of animation that we use all the time whether it be very little to exaggerated. Looking through shots and even planning yours out, thinking about overlapping action and follow through is an important step to adding some life, appeal and believably to your animations.
This is a small snippet from my full interview with Andy Conroy where he uses Argus to gives us some tips on polishing your brows and eyes. Pay attention to how he uses the Mesh! Stay tuned for the full interview!
Here is the documentary to Life After Pi. It shows what Rhythm & Hues had to go through during the time Life of Pi was getting an Oscar. I had the great pleasure of working there to start my career and continued for a few years, even while Life of Pi was in production. It was an amazing studio and as you can see from the video, the people were amazing and really cared about each other and the studio. A piece of me will always be there and I have created some amazing experiences and friends from my time there. So have a watch and be reminded of some of the great from the studio and also some of the troubling times for the VFX industry.
Also they posted a great video showing off their proprietary software Voodoo. MAN do I miss this pipeline and software. It was thee best tool-set I have had the pleasure of using yet and I miss it everyday. So much hard-work and talent went into it and it shows in their work over the last 25yrs. Click on Image below.
Long Winter has released another rig to it's collect, Argus! Seems like a great contrast to the rest of the cast and as always the Rig is high quality. I'm messing around with it now and well worth a look into it.
This is my full interview with Ken Fountain where he talks about his animation workflow, current projects and more. Ken breaks down a shot from Monsters vs Aliens and takes us through a quick example of using smears.
Have a look at this infographic over at onlineuniversities blog about Body Language. This is why many of the animation schools preach learning your body mechanics and doing pantomime shots before you go into acting, because many of the what we communicate is all in our body.