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.
Thanks to Adam Hines and Andrew Murray over at the Guys With Pencils Podcast for talking with Adam Brown about his recent posting of his animation of Calvin and Hobbes and drawing attention to this excellent cartoon based on a speech Bill Watterson gave at a graduation in 1990. I thought this was very inspirational and a wonderful celebration of one of the greatest comic strips ever to be produced.
Thank you Bill Watterson! Thank you for the inspiration, the laughs, the joys and the tears when we had to say good-bye to these two beloved characters. And most importantly, Thank You for the book collections of Calvin and Hobbes, so I might share the joy you brought to me as a kid, to my son.
I’m not a huge fan of Superman, and although I liked Bruce Timm’s Superman the animated series, I thought the best episode was “Unity” which was, to me, much more Lovecraftian than it was Superman-ish. With that said, I am a big fan of Zack Snyder and a HUGE, HUGE HUGE fan of Bruce Timm (You can tell by the style of my characters in my banner)! So her I present to you in all it’s #@!%ing Awesomeness…… A Tribute to Spermans 75th Anniversary!!
From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes!
After watching the short, be sure to check out DC Comics’ official list of annotations: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/10/…