Friday, 14 March 2014

Andrew Price interviews Beorn Leonard

If you want to spend two plus hours listening to two Australians talking about animation, this is the one to listen to. Here.

I highly recommend tuning in, it covers a lot of territory and is relevant no matter what animation software you're using.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Some new links for Motion Graphics added.

I've added some recent additions to the "'Useful Places' links on the side of the blog, they are
After Effects related sites dealing with motion graphics, so here's a quick overview of who and what they are.

'Motion Graphics X change' is a great repository of various scripts, presets, expressions and tutorials from its members. You use the search function to finds things and may end up spending  quite a bit of time just trawling around. Once you understand they way the siteworks it's a very interesting place to be.

'Batch Frame' is the work of visual effects/motion graphics artist Jesse Toul, and contains a wealth of tutorials, scripts, projects, templates and footage (for sale). he has developed an online tool called Pseudo Effects Creator, it allows you to create tidy little effects controls for your own effect presets, and he also attempts to teach some remedial code writing for beginners.

'Chris Zwar', also the work of one man is like-wise a collection of tutorials, case studies and downloadable projects. He has a long article on Keying and a lot of interesting and useful discussions about various things in and around After Effects. Check out his 'Pre-compose to layer duration' script.

'Quba HQ' is also a designer based site by Quba Michalski who works at Auto fuss in the States. It has a more magazine style aesthetic and encourages browsing and trawling. lots of stuff to discover, tutorials and presets. Go at it.

'Motionworks' is the work of John Dickinson and is sort of like Sydney's version of Greyscalegorilla. There's so much on this site that I'm dis-inclined to attempt writing about it all, I intend visiting it often since I learnt stuff there on my first visit.

'AE Enhancers' is a community based forum for expression and script writers. They often improve upon scripts amongst themselves and so it's a great place to go to see if there are any better versions of your favorites in existence.

A visit to any of these sites is likely to lead to the discovery of other web resources as well, and it's always a good thing to learn new things from professionals about After Effects.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Nudie Walk and run cycles by Felix Sputnik

 Because I've been trying to find good walk cycle reference for a personal animation project I stumbled across this and thought it worth posting. Done with Flash, actually done with talent (using Flash).

Animated walks and runs from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Ghost Cube demo

This is why humans rule the natural world.

Visit the creator's website and continue to be mystified. They also sell a documentary about the Ghost Cube's development. It's all very minimal.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Cool new character designs in Anime Studio 10

I'm not interested in using the pre-made characters that come with Anime Studio, but these were designed with the help of Victor Paredes, whose work I've featured before. So they would be fun to examine in detail.


Anime Studio looks like a serious upgrade with many new features. I'm still learning version 9.5, and will stick with it before moving to the higher level of 10, I'm probably not quite ready yet.