23.1.09

New Camera! Canon EOS 1000D :-D

Hello people of the box!

As my Fiance and I are planning on doing so much traveling this year, I bullied the financially pragmatic part of her brain into submission and convinced her we should buy an expensive new camera. Here's a couple new experimental shots I've taken:
Ahh, soaking up some Australiana wildlife while we're back here. These beautiful rascals (rainbow Lorikeets) are often prowling around the bird bath at my mum's house.
Yes, my mum's place encourages all sorts of wildlife. This guy terrified me as I was trying to sleep. In the dark I could hear something moving right next to the bed next to me (Slithered through the window!). I think he was just trying to nourish his animation skills (notice Preston Blair's book on the bedside table :-P).
The next day a crazy (but cool) snake guy came to take him away. I was astonished at how mellow this snake was, this must have been the first time this wild animal had ever been handled by a human but he wasn't fazed at all. I felt guilty for having the fella taken out of his habitat :-(. The guy said that bulge in him was either a possum, or possible someone's small cat!
This stick bug was hanging around the path leaving Mitchelton train station. I think the only thing running through his head was "I'm in perfect camoflauge, nobody can see me!". At least he stayed perfectly still for getting his picture taken :-P.
A friendly local Butcher bird. Watching me closely as it's Juvinile youngster had a bath.

Well, I look forward to taking many a nice photo this year! Our rough Itenierie this is starts 1st of April -> India, London, Scottland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Prague, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France (possibly a trek through Luxembourg?), Spain then finally somewhere in Portugal (if our little Fiat Punto makes it that far). Woot!
-Dan

SpongeBob square pants from yesteryear


Back in 2005 I worked on a Spongebob Squarepants game for Nickelodeon. It was a cheap project, dodgy script, all I have left are rough playblasts. I should be ashamed. I'm not. This is awesome :-D. We were animating at 30 seconds per week with no storyboards, just a maya scene full of characters and a giant audio track. To be completely honest though, this was one of the most inspiring times in my career thus far. I think the thing that made this a really great experience, was when we had our weeklies and all the animators got together to show their work and give feedback and critiques. The anticipation of having our work screened and critiqued really gave me an awesome inspiration to perform. Click the picture above to view!

And here's some Viva Pinata2 animation I worked on. W a really fun project to animate for. Often with game animations, you get really quite restricted by the game design, but a big element of VP's design is that it's fun to watch all your Pinata's going about their business in your garden. This gave us quite a lot of freedom and almost every animation was like a little performance piece. Here you can see a variety of animations like falling asleep, becoming sick, taunting, grooming, fear, cheering, flirting, disappointment and also idle animations when the little guys are standing around bored. These were done about 2 years ago when I first started at Rare.

Click the pic:



-Dan

12.1.09

Some photoEditing!

I was sorting through some old photos and thought I might have some fun by pushing them a bit in photoshop. Check it out!:
This is a line of Daffodils in Bath, UK. My Fiance is a massive fan of this kind of colour isolation technique, I thought that line of flowers would make a nice centre piece. They nicely compliment the beautiful yellow sandstone bricks that most buildings in Bath are constructed with.
This is up in the Peak District just off the DoveDale walk in the UK. I went for a dark silvery colour scheme. Makes me kind of look adventurous out on a steely horizon like some Solo traveller. The biggest thing I did to achieve this affect was to cut out the chubby tourists also wandering around on the mountain just right of frame :-P.
We were hanging out in Brighton in South East UK when the whole town was overtaken by a Biker Congregation! I couldn't help but take this photo of Antique bikes and give it bit of that "Old Damaged photo" look. Gotta make myself some coffee stain textures to layer over it :-P.

It's been quite fun editing the photos in this way, brings a fun new dimension to photography :-D.
-Dan

5.1.09

Silver is worth more than gold!

Heya people with hair and lungs!

I across Steven Silver's "artcast" the other day. Very positive dude, he talks alot about keeping creatively fresh and about being motivated and staying inspired. He has plenty of great ideas and I recommend checking them out:

http://www.silvertoons.com/silvertoons/podcast.xml

Every great artist seems to have a zen Aura around them. I wonder what comes first, the Zen or the talent?

I also found this blog that's really great reference on so many levels. The idea is that they just post a long thread from a particular movie, filled with screen grabs of various shots in the movie. It's just great for making some quick observations on composition, colouring, shot choice, camera work, lighting or even coming across an interesting facial expression or pose:

http://moviescreenshots.blogspot.com

Marvellous stuff!
-Dan