And Here it is. Having spent the last 3 years working for a company that produces training manuals and computer based training for the mining industry, this reel really doesn’t have any character animation in it. More of a demo reel demonstrating machines and props that I have modeled and animated.
Now to discuss the real issue….. LETTING GO! No, not Disney’s Frozen!
I don’t know how many times I have watched this and I still see something that I want to change. It is a never ending critique and eagerness to put out there the best you can. But if I did that it would never get released. there would always be something to change or add to it. As my beautiful wife told me tonight, as I was complaining about the lack of character animation in it, that my demo reel is fluid and always changing and being updated. I have to view it as a living thing, constantly growing and displaying different personalities and characteristics. Some might be good, others, not as good.
And yet, does it demonstrate that I know what I’m doing, that I can use the software to communicate ideas? Some of these animations have pretty complex models and rigs, and you are only seeing a snippet of the actual animated scenes and movies. Some of the training material that I animated were 20 – 35 minute pieces that I had to take from start to finish.
I always wonder after I finish a new reel, not if it is good, but if it is good enough? Let’s be honest here, a reel is to help you get work or a job. It’s a visual resume. Over the next few days I will constantly be haunted by the question “is my reel good enough to get me a job or freelance work?” It’s a question, I’m sure, all creative types have to deal with. Is it good enough? I might think it is when I get a call for a job or job interview, until then I won’t know.
And here we come to, probably, the most important part, I had a freaking blast making this little minute long beast!! I felt the passion, the drive, the love for a medium that has always dominated my life. I have been trying to get my web series “STARFISH” off the ground for a while now. Doing this reel has renewed my lust to see, what I have called, Sponge Bob meets Star Trek in an episodic series. If all goes well, I just might have a few episodes coming out in the near future.
And the greatest joy of this whole experience, was when my 4 year old son, Bane, wanted to sit next to me at the light table so he could “work on his animation with Daddy”. Maybe, it is just that. That moment when a little boy wants to work with his Daddy and do the thing that his Daddy loves doing. Maybe that is the answer. Is it good enough to get me a job or work? I don’t know. However, to that little boy, to have that moment to sit next to his father and share his love and passion, it is good enough.
I’m very excited to be working on a new demo reel that will include some new work that I’ve done at PAI inc. here in Tucson. I’m also going back to my roots and trying to produce some 2D material. Some test footage from my ongoing STARFISH project. I’m even contemplating taking the plunge into freelance work. I image that I’m going to be pretty busy in the next few weeks. However, I will enjoy it. I love animating, and getting a chance to produce my own material makes me giddy with joy.
Check this out! Independent Horror, Scifi and fantasy films now have a way to afford visual effects! Watch and be amazed!
I’ve created a graphic resume, something a little bit different than the average run of the mill text on paper resume. I am trying to go for a retro 60’s -70’s feel, not sure that I succeeded but hey it’s the beta version. Just thought I would share since it’s been a while since I posted my own work up here.
Check out this story about illegal wage fixing in the animation industry. Even the bright colors of cartoons have a dark side!
We all know about the free 3d software called Blender. It actually is a very good alternative to high end 3d programs like Maya or Cinema 4d. I’ve used it from time to time and once you get the shortcut keys down you should be doing some amazing stuff with it. There is a huge user base and tons of tutorials for you on the internet as well as a plethora of books and videos out there. My wife sent me the following link. Check it out. You might be surprised.
Added My new demo reel to the portfolio page.
animationmagazine.net ran an article today about an animated series in China that is being pulled from the air because it is too violent. Apparently, a 10 year old child lit his brothers on fire after watching the show. This sounds a lot like Beavis and Butthead back in the the early 90’s when a kid burned down his trailer after watching the cartoon on MTV. No more “Fire, Fire! He He!”.
Here’s the Article : http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/chinas-pleasant-goat-big-trouble/
This brings up the topic of animators having a responsibility to the audience and/or society to present appropriate material that will educate audiences. -Jump on Soapbox- WHAT?!! Are you telling me that society should regulate and dictate what I do as a piece of art?! Isn’t art a product of self expression? Personally, I don’t believe that any artist should have to have their art regulated or that it has to educate and improve society. I believe animation, like any other art form should be a form of self expression. Whether it be Veggie Tales preaching morals and God, or South Park making fun of Morals and God, animation should be a medium to get your ideas and message out to an audience. A medium for you to express yourself just as any other artists might. I don’t see Rap music being banned or regulated because it promotes violence. Why should animation be any different (and we already have a rating system for movies, TV, and games)? Oh Yeah, it’s because it’s a CARTOON! And as we all know cartoons are ONLY for the impressionable little cherubs in our lives. And because it is a CARTOON, it’s not really art, it’s just for kids. (On a side note, I actually had a fellow employee a week ago describe me animating as “Playing”. Really?!) -Step down from Soapbox-
Ok Time for you to Chime in. Do we, as animators, have a responsibility to the audience and/or society? I really would like to know your opinion. Honestly I can see arguments on both sides, so let’s hear what you have to say.
Here’s a little gem for you!
I grew up reading and being inspired by the articles in a magazine called STARLOG. Especially, issue 8, which had the lost city set from Land of the Lost and an animator animating “Grumpy” on the cover. I read that issue over and over and over again. Well, now you can read it too, because STARLOG is on internetarchive.org! Here’s the link:
If you are a student or even a freelance artists you need to see this and heed his words. I’ve even seen professionals low ball themselves. Really?!! Don’t let others bully you around . You as an artist are worth much more than that. Be proud and stand up for your talent.