Finally, the 2D animation software CACAni that in betweens your keys for you has been released! Compared to other 2D animation software, price wise, it is a steal! Currently, a promo price of around $167.00 US makes this software a must have. Made to create cel style digital animation and to increase productivity for the artist, CACAni does some amazing things. Understanding CACAni’s workflow is important to getting the inbetweens to work right. Creating strokes in the right order and right direction makes auto inbetweening easy and fast. The smart paint feature lets you paint one frame and then the software will paint the other frames in the sequence with a push of a button! There are other tools that make the automation of the animation fast and efficient. CACAni Amazingly gives the ability for a small number or even one person to create a full feature film! This software could possible revolutionize the 2D animation industry. I can see the internet erupt with 2D animation made amazingly fast and with full feature quality, not the “flash” minimalistic quality we have come to expect from animation created for the net. Get it! And show the world what you can do, fast and with television or feature film quality! Then let me know what you think of CACAni!! Go to:
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.
I’m Sorry everyone, for taking so long with this release. We were trying to get a new intro recorded but it just didn’t happen, so we are stuck momentarily with the original Secret Space Base Podcast intro. This won’t effect this episode because it was an amazing conversation with Ron Cole and well worth the wait. I hope everyone enjoys this and that it generates lot’s of comments and conversations. I really think this is one of our best episodes to date. So enjoy, as we tackle a very important and serious issue about the business called visual effects and animation!
I knew Frozen was a huge hit, but this is pretty amazing! A little boy with the powers to freeze like Elsa in Frozen!
Crazy, huh? 😛
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.
With the current announcement that the studio that did the visual effects for the movie NOAH lost money on the contract and watching the following documentary about the state of the Visual Effects Industry I had to make a post. I’m outraged, upset, and just down right mad about what the movie industry is doing to the visual effects industry. I remember looking at issues of Starlog for hours just marveling at the visual effects shots and wanting to know how it was done and wanting to do that for a living. I’ve been working professionally in the animation industry for 15 years and, I can tell you, what I’m hearing about the visual effects industry is breaking my heart. As it is stated in the documentary, if something isn’t done there will be no more visual effects industry in the United States.
Please watch this in full! And support the people that make our blockbuster films special!
Thanks to Marc Spess over at animateclay.com for posting this gem!
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Added My new demo reel to the portfolio page.
Check out this Article from Ramin Zahed on the animationmagazine.net. Obama is visiting Dreamworks tomorrow, this provided a great opportunity for the VFX Solidarity movement to voice their concerns about the difficulties occuring in the VFX industry. If you are in the Glendale / Burbank Area please go out and support these hard working artists! Go Green! Green Screen that is!
Link to the actual article:
“Hoping to raise awareness about the plight of U.S.-based visual effects artist, activists are planning a protest during President Obama’s visit to the DreamWorks’ campus in Glendale this Tuesday (Nov. 26). The Hollywood Reporter says about 500 green T-shirts have been purchased by organizers in the hopes that artists will wear them to express their support for this cause.
“Our intent is to get the message to President Obama that our jobs have left the country, and VFX shops have gone bankrupt, due to tax incentives. There is hardly any VFX work left in Los Angeles,” digital artist Dave Rand told the trade magazine. Rand was also involved at the rally held during the Oscars last February.
A recent post on the VFX Soldier blog, invited the vfx community to send the message to the president but also said it’s doubtful that a demonstration could take place outside of DWA due to security. A rally on Flower Street may also be in the works. plans being discussed to stage a rally on Flower Street nearby.
The post on VFX Soldier post reads, “Things have got so bad that there is a petition going around urging for a countervailing duty (CVD) to offset locations that offer subsidies. If I were in that audience I’d simply say this: ‘Mr. President, while this should be a growing industry, many of my colleagues in VFX are losing their jobs and being forced to move out of the country to places that offer huge subsidies. Would you support our effort to place a duty to offset these distorting subsidies? You have the sole authority to solve this problem right now and you can do it without Congress.’”
“Now I doubt anyone would get a chance to ask the question but my point about our CVD effort is this: We don’t need the President or Congress to do this. All we need is two things: Prove that we’ve been injured by these subsidies, and demonstrate that the majority of the domestic industry supports this effort. We are working hard to move forward and always appreciate the support. Wearing a green shirt is all you need to do to get the media to ask what this is all about.”
You can learn more about the protest plans here: vfxsoldier.wordpress.com.”
Anyone who has listened to The Secret Space Base Podcast or have read my rants here or on the 21st Century Stop motion Facebook page, know how passionate I feel about animators not working for “Free”. We are trained professional artists, who have gone through training and schools like every one else to learn how to do the things we do. And yet constantly we are taken advantage of by people who want us to do something for free. Would you ask a carpenter to build you a house for free just to get the experience and because it would look good on a resume? Of course not! so why would you do that to an animator? I won’t go into it here, I’ll let angry Hitler express the frustrations of running an animation studio.
From Cartoon Brew:
“Creating free animation for companies has never worked out for anybody, not even Hitler. Animator Dennis Sisterson imagines the downward spiral of the German dictator’s animation studio after his company agrees to produce a music video without being compensated.”