Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Princess and the Frog Teaser

The first teaser for Disney's The Princess and the Frog is out. Its a fun little teaser and I'm excited that they're getting back to 2D

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Plastic Animation Paper

I found this great 2d program thats a lot of fun and its free! Below is a REALLY quick little test I did with it (sorry for the bad drawing, I didn't have my wacom) I hope to utilize this program for the planning stage of my next animation. Link to plastic animation paper website is below.


This is one of my favorite short films, I saw it while I was in school and it really inspired me to start animating. The main character is really just a stick figure, but you still understand exactly what he is feeling.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Basketball Thumbnails

So I want to start doing a series of sports related thumbnails and quick studies. Here's some basketball ones.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ollie Johnston Animation Notes

List of animation notes taken by Glen Keane from the great Ollie Johnston. Every animator should keep these in mind when working, pure gold.

1. Don’t illustrate words or mechanical movements. Illustrate ideas or thoughts, with the attitudes and actions.

2. Squash and stretch entire body for attitudes.

3. If possible, make definite changes from one attitude to another in timing and expression.

4. What is the character thinking?

5. It is the thought and circumstances behind the action that will make the action interesting.

Example: A man walks up to a mailbox, drops in his letter and walks away.


A man desperately in love with a girl far away carefully mails a letter in which he has poured his heart out.

6. When drawing dialogue, go for phrasing. (Simplify the dialogue into pictures of the dominating vowel and consonant sounds, especially in fast dialogue.

7. Lift the body attitude 4 frames before dialogue modulation (but use identical timing on mouth as on X sheet).

8. Change of expression and major dialogue sounds are a point of interest. Do them, if at all possible, within a pose. If the head moves too much you won’t see the changes.

9. Don’t move anything unless it’s for a purpose.

10. Concentrate on drawing clear, not clean.

11. Don’t be careless.

12. Everything has a function. Don’t draw without knowing why.

13. Let the body attitude echo the facial.

14. Get the best picture in your drawing by thumbnails and exploring all avenues.

15. Analyze a character in a specific pose for the best areas to show stretch and squash. Keep these areas simple.

16. Picture in your head what it is you’re drawing.

17. Think in terms of drawing the whole character, not just the head or eyes, etc. Keep a balanced relation of one part of the drawing to the other.

18. Stage for most effective drawing.

19. Draw a profile of the drawing you’re working on every once in a while. A profile is easier on which to show the proper proportions of the face.

20. Usually the break in the eyebrow relates to the highpoint of the eye.

21. The eye is pulled by the eyebrow muscles.

22. Get a plastic quality in face — cheeks, mouth and eyes.

23. Attain a flow thru the body rhythm in your drawing.

24. Simple animated shapes.

25. The audience has a difficult time reading the first 6-8 frames in a scene.

26. Does the added action in a scene contribute to the main idea in that scene? Will it help sell it or confuse it?

27. Don’t animate for the sake of animation but think what the character is thinking and what the scene needs to fit into the sequence.

28. Actions can be eliminated and staging "cheated" if it simplifies the picture you are trying to show and is not disturbing to the audience.

29. Spend half your time planning your scene and the other half animating.

30. How to animate a scene of a four-legged character acting and walking: Work out the acting patterns first with the stretch and squash in the body, neck and head; then go back in and animate the legs. Finally, adjust the up and down motion on the body according to the legs.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Toy Story Mania! Behind the Scenes

I found this pretty cool video with some behind the scenes of the Toy Story Mania! ride that I did animation for. The Bo Peep shot at 0:45 and the Army Men at 0:50 were two of the shots I worked on.