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Blogs are a great invention, and man we are happy to have one. Not only is this going to be a great window in to all that is iAnimate, we can also help spread all kinds of animation related news from around this creative globe of ours. We can broadcast additions to our family of iAnimate instructors, show off our new rigs the moment they are released (usually a bit before!), and give you glimpses of what some of our most talented members and alumni are creating.


17
October
2012

CTN Animation Expo Video

Bringing Games to Life

CTN Animation Expo Video

If you could ask the artists about their techniques, experience, what they feels is the next step in the film or game industry, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter or email us. We have an awesome panel and we want  you to participate and be part of it.  

There's a lot to talk about and we will do our best to answer and cover  the topics you want to hear. 

Link to Videohttp://vimeo.com/51439456

Thanks, iAnimate

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12
October
2012

Hamsters vs Robots

Method Studios Development

Hamsters vs Robots

Here's a fun article on Method Studios and those "Hip" dancing hamsters.

One of the most popular commercials from 2011 was the Kia spot ‘Soul’ from agency David & Goliath, in which dancing hamsters took on a legion of dancing robots. We covered the spot here. Now, the hamsters are back in a disco-infused period piece, with even more impressive work by Method Studios. We talk to visual effects supervisor Andy Boyd about ‘Bringing Down the House’, from production company MJZ and director Carl Rinsch. The commercial was filmed by DOP John Matheison (Gladiator) at a theater in Prague, with real dancers wearing oversized clothing and a tracking rig, which was used to replace their heads with CG hamster versions. “They had a head piece they would wear that had tracking markers that we had spec’d out and measured, working in collaboration with Legacy Effects,” explains Boyd. “We actually tracked the whole body because we replaced the hands in most shots, and we were also tracking the body for interactive lighting – when the arm casts a shadow or moves in front of the head.”

Click Link for the full article.

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/how-to-sell-cars-dancing-hamsters-singing-robots/

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09
October
2012

Glen Keane

Animation notes

Glen Keane

For those who don't know who Glen Keane is, I highly recommend you look and study his work!

Glen will be at CTN Animation Expo this year, so i figured it would be great to share a few links on him.

 

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03
October
2012

Share and be part of the community

The place to express your thoughts.

Share and be part of the community

Since we have such a fantastic animation community and because we want a better way to connect with animation enthusiasts we are opening our blog up to anyone who’s interested in animation. The idea behind this is to offer a venue where you can share your thoughts and help us bring up important subjects you would like to read, write or talk about. That’s right, we want to give you the chance to express your thoughts too!

Blog Hits: 6789 Blog Tag: blogs, ianimate, share

22
August
2012

Don't Play It Safe

A way to think about pushing - your animation and yourself.

Don't Play It Safe

Now that the spring/summer workshop has ended and we are all on break for a bit, I get to do three things. 1) Go to bed early. 2) Browse the new collection of student reels and feel woefully inadequate. And 3) attempt to recall what the most frequent advice was that I gave over the previous fourteen weeks, and decide what I might do to build a lecture around that topic.

 

This last block I had two frequently occurring broad notes; “Animate from the core,” and “Don’t play it safe.”  Animating from the “core” requires a lot of explanation and example, so I may tackle that in a future post.  

 

Let me, however, try to describe what I mean when I suggest to an animator not to be “safe.”...

Blog Hits: 9907 Blog Tag: animation, blogs, ianimate, push, school, workshop

10
August
2012

Blog Roundup! (8/10)

A few interesting things from the AnimBlog-o-sphere.

It's nice to see animators sharing their tips, tricks, and treasures out there.  I thought it might be cool to start sharing some sites and posts on a somewhat regular basis...

 

Blog Hits: 9053 Blog Tag: animation, blogs

08
August
2012

Specialist v. Generalist

Does either path make you a better animator?

Specialist v. Generalist

I recently asked this question as a Facebook post: “Which do you find more valuable - to be ‘specialized’ in your craft (animation, modeling, rigging, etc.)? or, to be an all around ‘generalist’?”  I like asking this question a lot, actually, to get a feel for where the industry is going.  It’s an old habit from a time when I was just learning what I wanted to pursue and how to make money as an artist...

Blog Hits: 11159 Blog Tag: animation, generalist, ianimate, workshop

02
August
2012

Animation Lightbulbs!

Never forgetting those Ah-ha! moments along the way.

Animation Lightbulbs!

It's progress reel review week here at iAnimate, the week where all workshop members who are interested in advancing to the next class put together a reel of the animation they created during the 14-week block and post it for all to see.  Its such an inspiring and entertaining time browsing the various videos, from the most foundational bouncing ball to the most sophisticated and cinematic scenes.

 

Its also inspirational, and a bit nostalgic, to read the outpouring of student gratitude for their teachers and their peers. It always reminds me of some of the lightbulb moments I had while first learning...

 

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