Friday, October 30, 2015

Cody - Stick Up Polish and New Scene Ideas

Hey everyone!

I addressed all the polish notes from Wednesday night and put the cowboy shot on SyncSketch. Hopefully it's done, but let me know if there's anything left that I missed:

Also, I'm coming up with ideas for a new pantomime shot. I was told recently that my reel could use a small, subtle shot in which the character switches between internal and external acting. I've thought of a few that I like, but I'm not sure which idea will read the best, or how much context I'll need to include.

My favorite idea is a guy riding a subway/Bart, and he hears a song on his ipod that reminds him of his late wife, which triggers old memories. I think having him holding the bar above him for balance will have nice asymmetry and lead to more unique one-hand acting choices. The thing I'm not certain about with this idea is that there's not much context, so it might be hard to understand why he's getting emotional. Do you guys think this is an issue?

In case there's not enough context, I have a couple backup ideas that are a little more obvious, but could still be entertaining:

- An old man flipping through a photo album and reacting to different photos
- A man reacting to his girlfriend storming off at a restaurant after a fight

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hayao Miyazaki - The Essence of Humanity

I found this inspirational and would like to share it with you guys!, probably you had already seen it! see you in a couple of days... sorry I'm off the blog  it's been a couple crazy weeks finishing this last episode of Thrones...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pantomime Blocking & Dart Facial_Francis

Hello guys,

I hope everybody are doing well.  I uploaded two clips to Syncsketch one of them is the Pantomime blocking and the other is the facial dart acting.

For the pantomime, I just animated the root (The rest head, chest are not animated) and a bit of her right leg at the end. Also, I did some simple facial act, but not the detail yet. What do you guys think about her disgust expression (around frame 141)? My friend said she looks angry rather than disgust.

Pantomime : Click Here


Dart Facial: Click Here

Thank you for all your help.


Michael - Sour Shot

Hi Everyone,

I've addressed the notes that were given from the class and focusing now on the back end of the shot to make it clearer and a little more sour. Let me know any feedback you may have and thank you for watching!



Hey Everyone,

So here is my new blocking for the dialog. Does anyone have any suggestions about what to do or what not to do before I go in IP?

I am still trying to figure out the fingers and the arms/hands especially around frame 195. And also still working on IK/FK switch and mouth shapes.

Any feedback/drawings would be appreciated!


Rami - Couples shot

Hey everyone, I worked on the notes from class and can use some fresh eyes. I still haven't worked on lip sync yet. I'm wondering if her gesture should be sharper when she jerks her arm away from him?


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cody - Stick Up Polish

Hey guys!

I got a chance to address the notes for my cowboy shot tonight, and I'm hoping to get it pretty polished this week. I've been working a lot on the dialogue at the end, but is there anything else in the shot that sticks out that needs to be worked on? Let me know! Thanks!

Monday, October 19, 2015

FIXED MOVIES: Pantomime inspiration

Hi Class,
Here are some clips that I thought were good examples of pantomime acting.  Not only is the acting and staging very clear, but you get a good feel for the personality of the character and the stakes of the situation.

Here's a WIP by Tony Chau (I don't think he ever finished it) but I love how clear the intent of the character and the stakes of the situation are.  Password: 4animc

Here's a more serious piece of acting by Lesley Manville.   Notice the clear changes in her attitude and expression, and how she interacts with the phone.

And finally, here's a clip of Reese Witherspoon in Election.  She plays a very uptight character and notice how she reacts when things don't go her way.  Password: 4animc

See you all Wednesday!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pantomimr Reference_Francis

Hello again, class. I made some changes on my reference. I am looking forward to hearing from you guys, which one do you like the most. Thank you for your time, have a good Sunday.

Pass: 4animc


A guy is waiting for a glassware that he bought online and agreed to let the drone deliver the shipment. When the day came, in the afternoon, while he was reading a book and drinking coffee on the patio outside his house, the drone came. It dropped the package so hard and destroyed it. He was surprised and speechless, watching the drone fly away.

John just bought a trash can (The red price tag, still attached) for his home office. After that, He

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jonathan Pryce on Stage Fright

Hello, class. I'd like to share this interesting insight. Jonathan talked about the stage fright is actually a form of (Selfishness) dishonesty. Sometimes I feel nervous when shooting a reference, even tho there's nobody around (ha ha). Well, enjoy :)

"He was not acting the character, he was the character":


Bruna - dialogue idea

I chose the "I'm living my life" line to animate! =)

And this is my idea for it:

She is a middle age woman/mom that put everything aside because life happened (family and kids) But now that her kids went to college, first time since a long time, she is doing something for herself, like going back to do the things she liked to do before.

So the scene is her, preparing to go on a road trip, talking to her husband that doesn't approve that decision. But she is determined that she is going.

I cut the dialogue and it is now with 7,5 sec..  
can I go for it?


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bruna - audios

Hello guys,

I found some cool dialogues that I would like to animate.  I particularly like the "Moses" one, I have a couple of  ideas for it, but I'm open to suggestions to see what you guys think too.   I can edit them if necessary.

1 - Fear
2-  Moses
3 - joke
4 - commercial
5 - living my life

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bruna - emotion change Revised

Hello people!

I tried to hit all the notes from last class... hope it is better.

any feedback is very much appreciated.  Thanks,


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Emotion Change Revision

Hey Guys,

I revised my Emotion change exercise. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Thanks in advance!

Ideas - Dialog Option exploration

Hey gang!

So I tried trimming up the grandma dialog and i think I ended up cutting a lot of the stuff that I liked... is roughly 10 sec, I putted together three more options that I really like and that are about the same length, I want something that scales up and has energy.

for 2 and 4 I have basically the same idea, the italic would be my take on the subtext

Guitar player wannabe and his dad broke his instrument, or a e-pro gamer and his dad broke his computer rig

make your mark (two phrases)

(what? - surprised)
Oh great …

(i can’t believe it - confused)
Oh that is just great now

(you don’t approve? - confused angry)
what did you always tell me … 

(really? - )

(dream big - angrier)
Make your mark…

(follow dream - angrier)
 Make your mark…

(be different - angrier)
Don’t be one of the numbers

(don’t settle - angrier)
Make your mark!

I am better than that (two phrases)

(what? - surprised)
oh come on!…

(you - surprised)
If I call you up to tell ya

(would like for me to get any job?- surprised confused )
“hey dad i’m the newest assistant sub-vice president of pencil sharping
at some crappy little company”

(and you would be happy? - angry)
you’re telling me you’d think that was greeeeeaat??

(well i won’t! - serious)

I am better than that!

What do you guys think? I'm gonna be exploring the ideas for the rest of them (getting the idea, setting and situation is the most difficult thing...)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Two versions - Couples shot

Hey everyone!

I was wondering what you all thought about having her head turn in the shot or not when she says "nothings wrong". I know it was a note we were still deciding on in class, so here are two versions, one with the head turn and one without.

The first version was one suggestion from class where she turns away from him after "nothings wrong" rather than having her continue looking at him like my old version had, so maybe that fixed the note. The second version was the other suggestion where the head turn's completely out, which to me, made me feel like a little bit of her acting needed to change; which I only roughly did so far.

Let me know if you wanted to see my video reference or the old version again, and I can upload those too.

Version 1:

Version 2:



Friday, October 9, 2015

Sound samples

Hi Everybody,

Here is the 3 dialogue I have. I have a lot more but they're all long. My favorite one is #3 and #2. Let me know what you think.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pantomime Ideas - Cody

Hey guys! I decided for my new assignment to do a pantomime where a character tries to perform a task while affected by internal/external circumstances. I thought of a few ideas I might like to animate today, and I was wondering if any of them stand out to you guys or if there are any I should avoid:

- A mailman tries to deliver a letter into a mailbox in super heavy wind

- A man walks into a very small bathroom in the middle of a party and wrecks everything

- A man tries to carry his groceries from his car to his house, but the sidewalk is slippery with ice

- A badass cowboy tries to enter a saloon and intimidate the other men, but his hat is too big to fit through the door

- A vampire tries to open his front door, but he realizes he forgot his keys, turns into a bat, and flies through the dog door (I like this one, but it might be a little too Hotel Transylvania-ey?)


Monday, October 5, 2015

Facial expression change reference & Head Turn Progress_Francis

 Hello guys :)

I did some references for Wednesday class and I  need help to choose, which one from one of these that good enough to continue.

Password: 4animc

Also, I fixed the Head Turn Assignment  based on the last notes: Click This: SyncSketch

Thank you for all your help.


Cody's Gear Change Blocking

Hey everyone!

I blocked out my idea for this week's gear change assignment, and I'm debating with what to do for the ending. Right now, I have a sort of slapstick punch at the end, but I'm not a big fan of putting a button on the end of a shot for no reason. I'm considering taking it out and just ending with the subtle change in the guy's face. That way, it won't be as rushed, and will have a bit more of a serious tone. What do you guys think? Is it worth keeping in?