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New shots i did at ianimate.

Have been busy for the past 3 months working on new acting shots from ianimate.

This is my first time taking a workshop in iAnimate.

I decided to go for the iAnimate workshop after my short stint at lucasfilm singapore.
One of the decision for that was because before my contract ended for the feature project, i asked for a review from my supervisor.
He had worked with me closely, so i really wanted to ask for his feedback to improve myself.
We had a very long chat about animation and i think one of the thing he said that stuck with me was that i should try and do some sincere acting test. He was very nice to give me some pointers to advance myself.

So i looked around and decided that iAnimate have some very sincere acting test coming from the students, and i decided that i should go with it.

I know personally from friends that iAnimate working method relies heavily on reference, and it is a very different approach of how i used to do animation before. But i decided to go with it with an open mind.
Can’t deny that i used to have the mentality that using reference is considered cheating in the past.

But after this two test, i think there are certain advantages for relying on references. The body mechanics part feel more grounded if there is a reference to refer back to. But there are certain things i think that references cannot achieve. One thing for sure(at least for myself) is that i don’t think everything can be really done in one take, unless you are a super actor/actress.
So i do find myself referring back to other takes for certain things like the feel of that blink, or that look away which i like.
There are certain areas you would want to speed up, certain accent you want/don’t want to hit. These are all choices that we have to make according to our shot. And you also have to add certain nuances that will help to elevate the shot that wasn’t there in your reference initially.

Overall, i really like my experience at iAnimate. Especially thanks to my mentor Luke Randall who pushes me every week in my work, and is a lipsync guru. And not to mention that you can also look at the recordings of other mentors in the vault which will open up your mind to more possibilities.

Till the next post!🙂

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Lucasfilm’s Animated ‘Strange Magic’ for January 2015

(Some stills taken from the internet)

Have not been blogging since i sorta finished AM. I reckon its time to get back on it.
And what better way to get back than put a post on a movie i had a part in after finishing AM.

Been an honor to be able to work on the show, even if its only 10 months.

It’s also my first experience working on an animated feature film and also in a big company, i am grateful for that experience.
Learnt many things along the way (Using Linux for the first time, the pipeline that is very different from a smaller scale studio, and even learning to make a little latte art ;D), and i am super grateful for some friendships and people i met there.🙂

This movie is a little different from the usual animated film we see. But i guess it might be a good thing since the animated world needs something different now and then to shake things up alittle.🙂

Can’t wait to see how the movie evolved since i last saw it.
So go see it for yourself next Jan.🙂

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Impostor Syndrome

Recently, I saw this article posted by a friend. Here’s the “link” .
This is  a very good post for people who are in the creative field, but i think it also applies to most circumstances.

I really like how this article totally nailed it.. how many of us struggles to keep up with the things that we have probably achieved/done in the past. And somehow after that, if we do not surpass that standard, keep up to it.. we beat ourselves hard..
or at least i am a constant victim of the impostor sydrome.. i constantly feel that i am not good enough…
Or when i am struggling with my shot, i feel like i don’t know anything about animation, or that i don’t know how to animate.. and i am a fraud…  but like my fren J. has mentioned to me. The more you do it, the better you become..

Dr. Valerie Young says that, “The thing about ‘impostors’ is they have unsustainably high standards for everything they do. The thinking here is, If I don’t know everything, then I know nothing. If it’s not absolutely perfect, it’s woefully deficient. If I’m not operating at the top of my game 24/7, then I’m incompetent.”

Well, i guess we just have to continue to strive hard to become better each day, and not be beaten by this.🙂

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Pixar class

 

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  So i went to attend the Pixar Class organised by 3D Sense last weekend.
Mathhew Luhn covered the story part. And Andrew Gordon covered the Animation Part.

One thing i am always fascinated about Pixar artists is that they are always going on at their craft.
I have had 2 Pixar mentor when i was in AM. And both of them show incredible sense of enthusiasm for the craft of animation.
Both of them were very eager to part their knowledge to the students as well. Something i am always grateful for!
I also wonder how do they keep up with a full day job at Pixar and also manage to find time to teach at AM, and some other institutions, and having a social life/family life? ? (maybe they have 36 hours in a day?!)

But somethings that i have taken away from them besides the knowledge about animation was always the fact that they kept pushing themselves to be better and be passionate about it.

I think its really important to remember “why are you doing it?”, because the day you stop caring, it will show in your work. Let’s all work hard towards our dream!🙂

So lucky to register early and got myself a Pixar cap.🙂

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
Video

Animation Mentor Progress Reel

Okay time to post this, 2 weeks late.
This is a compilation of work i have done at Animation Mentor.

Kinda sad that classes have ended. The AM experience was the best thing i could have given myself as an animator.

I am proud to be an AM graduate!😀

Bee

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Unknown

There has been alot of bad news recently in the industry. And somehow it did got into me.

8 Months ago, i left my old job to take Animation Mentor full time.
Everyone who knows me either told me that “it is not a very good move”, “the market is bad”, “i am not young anymore”, :the industry is dying”… i mean, practically about 90% of the people whom i broke the news to, wasn’t too keen on that idea. Afterall, i was giving up a somewhat stable job to pursue an education which to others, might not even make sense (or decent enough to earn a living)…

But to me, the feeling of being lockdown because it is stable, didn’t really fulfill my desire. The desire or chance to improve myself, and learning new things or concept.
Perhaps it was because for that 3 years in the company, i was always working on the same kid’s TV Show. And TV show, ofcoz as animators know it, is more of a quantity over quality. 3 years is sufficed to say i have outgrown the show. I needed to pick up new skills.
So i enrolled in Animation Mentor and started the program in jan 2012′.

Like alot of students, the first 3 to 6 months totally blow my mind. I learn sooo much about Animation during that 6 months. It totally made me rethink about this whole Animation thing.
And the mentors there were really oozing with alot of passion. Most of the mentors i had, had day job as a feature animator or games animator. And the things they shared during classes were really inspiring.😄 And most of all, they were all very humble people. who is always eager to improve their skillset!
I really wished i had the means to attend the school a few years ago.

I am writing this down to remind myself of the views/aspirations i had before taking/during Animation Mentor times. so that i do not forget about this feeling, and during hard times to remind myself to brace up and look ahead with joy.

Ending this with a poem i saw online from stephen sliver post.

My Comfort Zone – A Poem
Author Unknown
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

 

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Class3 Progress Reel

This is my Class 3 Progress Reel. Big thanks to my mentors, and Classmates, and friends for helping me during the first 3 terms.
I hope the journey would be as awesome for Class 4!

Bee.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Animation, Animation reel