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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Making of Legend of the Guardians

I believe this video is one of the extras from the DVD of Legend of the Guardians which was released in the US last week.

The clip shows a few of the animators acting out their scenes for reference, and some have a real talent for performing as well as animating. Sadly I'm not featured but I think there is probably enough footage of me 'acting' on the internet already.

I feel I should mention that although this was a process favoured by many animators including myself, not everyone did it or found it useful. Some would get frustrated at their inability to capture the performance they wanted or were not comfortable in front of the camera. They would prefer and were perfectly capable of finding a great performance internally or through drawing. There is no one way of working that is right for everyone and all animators have to find what leads to the best end result for them.

Merry Christmas and a big thank you to everyone who is following this blog.

Friday, 10 December 2010


If you're an animator around Soho this Monday night you might want to stop by the Jewel Bar for the Bring Your Own Animation event being organised by Double Negative Animator Samy Fecih.

It promises to be a pretty spectacular, there will be recruiters from Double Negative to take reels and chat with people who have questions about the company, Senior Animators (such as Oskar Urretabizkaia, Rob Bekuhrs, Paul A. Davies, Stephane Mangin and myself) available to offer advice and review work, and even a lightbox for anyone brave enough to attempt some public traditional animation. You can just stop by for a bit of networking and a beer, or bring your work along on a usb stick and get feedback on it.

More information can be found on the website or facebook page.

It starts at 6.30 and costs £1, hope to see you there.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

John Carter of Mars

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I've been rather busy relocating to London but I've now settled in and hope to get some interesting things up here soon.

As for work, I'm very excited to be back at Double Negative, animating on the feature John Carter of Mars which is being directed by Pixar's Andrew Stanton.