Friday, December 20, 2013

Promo Video

Here's the promo video for my upcoming Animating Creatures For Games class
You can sign up here

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Acting Reference #73

Here's a nice little clip from Road To Perdition. I love how much character there is in such a simple action as taking and opening a letter. Also a nice example of varied speeds in a shot. Some of his actions are very quick, but he also has some longer pauses & more slow/subtle movement. Varying the speeds of movements in your shot will add a lot of visual interest & appeal

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Anim: Walk Cycles

Couple quick walk cycles I made in preparation for the upcoming class I'm teaching (you can sign up here). They each took about 2 hours to make

Dog Walk Cycle from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.
Dog Trot Cycle from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.
Dinosaur Walk Cycle from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Animating Creatures For Games

I'm teaching a new class for the CGWorkshops on Animating Creatures For Games. Gonna be a lot of fun! Sign ups are open now & the class begins in March. Click the image to check it out! pinterest

Friday, November 15, 2013

Acting Reference #72

Here's a great example of strong silhouette in Skyfall. You want fight scenes to be very clear to the viewer and the fact that this one plays out all in silhouette is awesome! Roger Deakins is a master

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Acting Reference #71

Here's a short video from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. I really like the little side/side jaw movement Sean Connery makes. Often we only focus on the open/close axis of the jaw when animating, but adding little side to side movements can add a lot of character

Acting Reference #71 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Friday, September 13, 2013

FPS Animations

I've never really played around with first person animations, so thought it would be fun to do a couple tests to try it out. Warning the second video contains blood/violence.

FPS Animations from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Acting Reference #70

Here's another clip from The Thin Red Line. I wanted to show this one because I really like how Jim Caviezel's character moves freely through the scene. Often, in animation tests, I see characters who feel very planted to the ground. Don't be afraid to move your characters around! It works great in this scene because their movement fits their characters' personalities. Sean Penn's character is more shut off/cold, so he doesn't move much & stays pretty much in the same spot the whole time. Jim Caviezel's character is more of a free spirit, so having him constantly walking/not being able to stay still is very fitting.

Acting Reference #70 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Anim: Salute

Here's a very quick animation I did during a webinar for my class. Lots of things I would fix, but not too bad for 1 hour and animating live. pinterest

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Acting Reference #69

Great clip of Robert John Burke in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Some really great timing in here & awesome facial expressions.

Acting Reference #69 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Last Chance!

Today is the last day to sign up for the second run of my class!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Anim: Weapon Out

Here's a test animation I did while preparing for my class. Also included quick process video. All in all took me about 4 hours to complete. Was fun doing research learning about different ways to carry & raise a rifle, I always enjoy the "research & learning" part of animation :)



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lexica Article

USA Today article about the game I'm currently working on :) Click the link to check it out


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Disney's Frozen

Looks great :) can't wait!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I wanted to use this post to plug the iStabilizer. I shoot video reference a lot and having a quick and handy camera tripod is very key. Most of the time I just use my phone to film reference & this little guy is compatible with most all phones. I also like how you can bend & shape the legs into different shapes, this allows for a lot of flexibility when positioning the camera. It's only $21, definitely worth it if you're into filming reference :D


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Video Game Animation

I'm running my Video Game Animation class for CGScoeity again. The dates run July 8th - July 29th. Sign up now!! :D


and here's the promo video

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Acting Reference #68

Not much to say about this clip - Anne Hathaway gave a pretty amazing performance in Les Miserables. It's a little longer than my normal acting reference videos, but since this was all one shot I didn't want to cut any of it out. Never have I seen a musical performance with this much emotion in it. Enjoy

Acting Reference #68 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

51 Things Every Game Student Should Know

Must read for people wanting to get into games pinterest

Friday, May 3, 2013

Acting Reference #67

I wanted to talk a little bit about composition & this clip from Romeo & Juliet is a great example. Often when animators are doing dialog tests the environment & composition are an after thought. But thinking about where your characters are & what the camera is doing can add tons to your shot. Using the fish tank as a way to introduce these two characters was a really cool idea & it adds a lot to the scene. I'm curious how many takes they did to get the right fish movement...these days they just would have made the fish cg.
When tackling a test shot, bring in an environment, play with where the camera could be/where the characters could go. You can find a lot of free environment models on the internet - cgsociety does a lighting challenge & you can download the environment models they use here
I also like the little take/reaction Leo has in this shot
hmmm I have a lot of Leo clips on that a I obsessed with him?...probably

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Timing & Expectations

Nice post by Ken Fountain on Timing, check it out! pinterest

Monday, March 25, 2013

Acting Reference #66

Sorry for the lack of posts, been pretty busy with my class. I've been watching March Madness and these AT&T commercials are on all the time. I really liked this one in particular. The girls expression & delivery after he asks "do you believe in yourself" is awesome! Such great timing and I love the facial expression.

Acting Reference #66 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Promo Video

Promo video for the cgsociety class I'm teaching :D

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm Teaching A Class

I'm going to be teaching a class on video game animation for CGsociety :) Click the picture to learn more about the class and sign up! pinterest

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Acting Reference #65

First off sorry for the lack of posts, was a busy Holiday. I've gotten a number of messages about how I added clothes to the Morpheus rig for my 11 Second entry. I plan on making a how to video very soon to show this. Onto the acting...

Here's a great clip from Django Unchained. This movie is go see it. Christoph Waltz is amazing in it, definitely steals all the scenes he's in. I love the contrast he has with Jamie Foxx. One character being more over the top & expressive and the other much more subtle  Having contrast in your characters allows them to play off each other very nicely.

Acting Reference #65 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.