Thursday, December 3, 2015

Anim: Surfing

Quick little "animation sketch" I did. Took about 5 hrs to complete


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Keys: Zootopia

Very excited for this!!

I did not create:
For educational purposes only
Copyright Disney

Monday, November 23, 2015

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Anyone interested in animation, or any type of storytelling should watch

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Acting Reference #89

Time to start getting excited for Star Wars! Love the hesitation Alec Guinness has before answering Luke. This is a very tough question to answer and that definitely shows before his line delivery. When animating, make sure your characters are thinking...even when they are not speaking


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Animate the Whole Face

Quick little tip I wanted to post. One of the biggest issues I see with people first starting animation (and especially when animating dialogue) is they don't think of the whole face as a unit. And I was a victim of this as well when I first started. I needed the characters' mouth to open, so I grab the jaw controller, open it up and move along. Not once thinking about how the face works and how its connected. Open your mouth as wide as you can right now....what happens? You probably widened your eyes, raised your eyebrows, your mouth corners pulled in...the whole face is involved. Think about the face as a whole unit, not just one jaw controller you open & close - it will breath so much more life into your animation.

Quick and dirty example I made - see how much more life there is once you start involving the whole face

Monday, November 9, 2015

Making of Aliens

I love watching making ofs to get inspired - here's an awesome 3 hr making of Aliens

Friday, November 6, 2015

Acting Reference #88

Classic shot of Robert De Niro in Goodfellas. In this shot - SPOILERS - De Niro is coming to the conclusion that he's going to have to kill a member of his crew.

I want to talk about his eye focus/direction. Often when we look at things, and especially people, we're not able to look directly at them for long periods of time. When animating, we often make our characters dart their eyes around, not focusing on things for too long to make it feel more real. But look at this example. Though his eyes are looking around, once they focus on something they stay locked. De Niro's character in Goodfellas is a very intense person who commands respect. When he looks at someone, he stares directly at them, no eyes darts looking away. He's commanding respect/daring someone to challenge him. It's like how a predator would look around a room, and that's what he is...a predator. Keep in mind who your character is and how that changes how they look at things in their world.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Animation of The Order: 1886

Nice GDC video on the animation of The Order

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Keys: Inside Out

The Keys: Inside Out from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Crazy awesome poses

For educational purposes only
copyright Disney/Pixar

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Acting Reference #87

Nice clip from Hanna. I really like the swallow the guy does before he delivers his last line. Breathing and swallowing are details that are often overlooked in animation and they can really plus up your shot.

Acting Reference #87 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Body Mechanics Class

I'm rerunning my 8 week Body Mechanic class, starts October 5th - you can sign up HERE

Body Mechanics from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Acting Reference #86

Absolutely amazing clip of Joaquin Phoenix in The Master. I love the slow build of tension in his face - starting extremely calm, with very little movement and gradually building to very tense with quick movements. Excellent reference for anyone working on close up dialogue shots

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anim: Believe In Yourself

ASL (American Sign Language) animation test I did. Took a little over a week on & off...and probably another week for the planning/memorizing the signs. I'll be posting a process video here in a week or so. Was challenging & a lot of fun to work on.

"Believe In Yourself" ASL Animation Test from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Keys: The Little Mermaid

Probably my favorite shot in The Little Mermaid. Such amazing drawings!

The Keys: The Little Mermaid from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Keys: The Land Before Time

This is one of my all time favorite animated movies. I especially love the opening sequence. How much story & emotion it conveys with little to no dialogue. Plus there's the fantastic score by James Horner.

The Keys: The Land Before Time from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Keys: Big Hero 6

I want to start a new series of analysis videos that showcase the keys from great animated films. Here's the first one from Big Hero 6


Monday, May 4, 2015

Acting Reference #85

I love this clip of Ellen Burnstyn in Requiem For A Dream. She's obviously upset/emotion during this scene, but she's smiling during most of it. Just cause your character is upset, doesn't mean they necessarily have to have a frowny face. Sad does not always equal :(

Acting Reference #85 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Promo Video For New Class

Check out the promo video for my new class. You can sign up here

Body Mechanics from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

World of Lexica Animation Reel

Here's a quick reel for the latest game I've been working on. It's a tablet based education game for schools to help promote reading. This is just a small sampling of the animation created. Being on tablet our characters were pretty limited (not many controls/no facial controls) and the turn around for animation was pretty quick.

World of Lexica Animation Reel from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Acting Reference #84

Here's a nice clip from Rudy. A lot of great eye reference from Charles S Dutton (another great underrated actor). Very interesting double & half blinks. I saved out a gif to really show what was going on there. There's no one universal way to blink, and changing up the timing/speed can convey all sorts of different emotions.

Acting Reference #84 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Body Mechanics Class

I'm excited to announce a new class I'm teaching this coming April on Body Mechanics. It's an 8 week course and should be a blast!! You can sign up by clicking the image below and heading to the course page - hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hysterical Blindness Process

Process video for personal test I did

Hysterical Blindness Process from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.