From one great client to another! June 15, 2010Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: adsense, animation, animnation, at&t, beach, elevator, flash, google, on, pitch, pitches, the
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Since March, it has been a pretty exciting time here at AnimNation!
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working with the amazing Google…yes, GOOGLE!…on a series of three 2D/3D hybrid adverts for Google AdSense. Each of the three adverts were a couple of minutes each & went through how to use Google AdSense in a very un-corporate style! I love working on projects were you can inject a little creativity into the end product & this was definitely one of those projects. The adverts are waiting to go online internationally (it was translated into about 9 different languages) & I will post up the final three online adverts on to the AnimNation website. So watch this space!
Last month I was accepted to be part of the Flash on the Beach conference in Brighton. I’m part of the Elevator Pitch session – where I have been given the task of standing up in front of a massive audience & doing something for 3-minutes…now, I can talk for 3-minutes on a stage with no problems at all…but I have gone and given myself the task of creating something in 3D…LIVE on stage!!! I’m not sure if that was a moment of utter madness when I applied to do that or not!? So yes, I will be modelling something in a 3D package, on stage, in only 3-minutes…wish me luck!
And lastly, my latest piece of news – I am working with the incredible AT&T on a new 2D 5-minute animation. It’s going to look amazing…so again, watch this space for the final animation.
Stay Drenched March 16, 2010Posted by animnation in Uncategorized.
Tags: 3d, animation, animnation, drench, fish tank, fishing around, goldfish, plug-in media, plugin media, sarah bird, stay drenched
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I recently worked with Plug-in Media & Drench on a new online viral game for their Stay Drench campaign. I was commissioned to create a realistic 3D goldfish – modelling, texturing & animating it to react to the progress the player is making, as well as making the 3D fish tank.
Switch your web cam on & give the game a go (you can play the trial game, but you won’t win the prizes – you need to buy a bottle of Drench water to activate the prizes side of the game).
Happy New Year! January 12, 2010Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: animation, animnation, bafta, bang, big and small, brighton animators, papervision, papervision3d, white night
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The end of 2009 was a very exciting one for AnimNation. The online interactive CBeebies game Big & Small won a 2009 Children’s BAFTA! I worked alongside Plug-in Media, Kindle & CBeebies to create the 3D Papervision assets for the game – creating all of the 3D environments to go into the game – including Big & Small’s living room, bedroom, bathroom & the newly released garden & mysterious woods.
A New Website
A new year & a new website! AnimNation now have a new 2010 website & a new animation show reel. Check it out here – http://www.animnation.co.uk
Work in Progress
I am currently developing a selection of children’s tv series ideas. In 2010 I am hoping to develop these further & create pilot episodes for two of the ideas. More information on that come.
Christmas Big Screen Bonanza
On 15th December, BANG! & FlashBrighton groups got together for our Christmas Big Screen Bonanza. Decked out in very bad Christmas jumpers & reindeer antlers, Seb Lee-Delisle, RichMitch, Jo Summers and myself hosted the evening – which saw animated short films selected by RichMitch, a guest speaker slot by the wonderful Garth+Ginny, a special screening of Cyriak’s latest animated short film (and a secret film that hasn’t been released yet!) as well as a load of mince pies & festive cheer.
Here are some photographs from the night -
September/October Update November 1, 2009Posted by animnation in BANG Meetings, General AnimNation News.
Tags: 3d, animation, animnation, bafta, bang, big & small, big and small, interactive, white night
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Another mass update of AnimNation news since the summer…and it has been an exciting few months!
Firstly, the CBeebies Big & Small online interactive game that I created the 3D environments for has been nominated for a Children’s Interactive BAFTA!
AnimNation have also moved into a shiney new studio in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines – more space, better facilities – the company is now more equipped to take on bigger projects.
Last weekend, the White Night festival took over Brighton for one night. I was one of the main organisers for the Brighton Animators animated projections event. I helped to put together a night of futuristic projected animations onto the very distinct Brighton Unitarian Church. 42 purpose made animations were chosen to be projected onto the church. The whole event received wonderful feedback from the audience & press. I created two animations for the event – a B-movie inspired opening animation to introduce the evening & a 3D animation of a Robot hiding out in the church from the police. More information about the event can be found here.
Over the past few months AnimNation have created work for Nokia and Punch & Judy prof. Glyn Edwards, as well as developing three new children’s television series – more information on that to come!
And the run up to Christmas looks equally as exciting – with a whole host of exciting animation projects, working with big name clients.
Here’s to a new era at AnimNation!
Back from Paris & Gobelins! July 20, 2009Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: 2d, 3d, animation, animator, Gobelins, Paris, study
I’m now back in UK after studying at the amazing Gobelins Character Animation Summer School…what an amazing course! I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to develop their character animation skills!
I was very privileged to learn from the likes of -
Shelley Page (Head of International Outreach for DreamWorks Animation)
Fred Nargorny (professor of animation at Gobelins)
Alexandre Heboyan (ex-Gobelins student, co-director on Migration Bigoudenn, Dreamworks animator & now co-director on the French feature film, Mune, le gardien de la lune, for the studio Method Films.)
Robert Bennett (the amazing Corporeal Acting teacher)
Kyle Balda (who has worked for the likes of ILM & Pixar – as directing animator on Toy Story 2)
Daniel Cacouault (an incredible artist & production designer for films)
So the quality of the teaching was second to none!
I will be putting together a series of blog posts that cover some of the animation principles that I learnt whilst studying at Gobelins. So keep an eye on this blog to find out more.
Off to Gobelins June 11, 2009Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: 2d, 3d, animation, Character, College, Course, Gobelins, Paris, School, Summer
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A couple of weeks ago I received the amazing news that I have been accepted onto the Gobelins Character Animation Summer School in Paris!
For those of you who are unaware of Gobelins l’ecole de l’image – it is an incredible arts college in the middle of Paris that has been churning out award-winning animation students for the past 30 years. Their 2007 students short film “Oktapodi” was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award!
For the past four years Gobelins have been running a Summer School for animation graduates and professionals. The course is an intensive insight into the world of professional character animation & professional studio pipelines through a host of highly skilled industry instructors from the likes of Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Disney, Weta Digital, and Dreamworks.
So you can understand why I’m so excited to be attending the Summer School!
And I have just heard that Screen South have agreed to support me on this course.
I’m heading out to Paris on June 29th to start the course & hope to keep an up-to-date blog on how the course is going whilst I am out there (hopefully with videos of the animation work I have been doing during the workshops).
I can’t wait!
Big & Small nominated for a FITC award! March 31, 2009Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: 3d, bbc, big & small, big and small, cbbc, cbeebies, flash, game, interactive, kindle, online, papervision, plug-in media, plugin media
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We’ve just heard the amazing news that the Big & Small game has been nominated for a Flash In The Can (FITC) Award in their 3D Flash category!
You can vote for the game at the FITC People’s Choice Award under the 3D Flash category.
March BANG event – A Night on the Red Carpet February 11, 2009Posted by animnation in BANG Meetings.
Tags: alan smith, animations, bafta, bang, brighton, brighton animators, films, nominated, oscar, screenings, short films, smith & foulkes
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I’ve been organising the March meet up for the Brighton Animators Networking Group. Here are a few details about it -
Award fever is in the air! So we’ve pulled out all the stops (and the red carpet) with the next BANG event on Monday 9th March.
Expect an A-List evening packed full of entertainment, glitz & glamour (without the tears and tantrums) as we screen some of this year’s BAFTA and Oscar nominated animated short films (and few of the old favourites for good measure).
Our guest speaker is none other than the acclaimed director Alan Smith; half of the famous animation directing team Smith & Foulkes – who’s animated short film “This Way Up” has been nominated at this years Oscars! His credits include many well-known projects such as the BBC animated comedy series Monkey Dust, the film credit sequence for Thunderbirds, and an animated film within Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also created commercial work for Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Robinsons (their recent TV advert with the little characters playing in puddles), Honda (the beautiful “Hate Something, Change Something” TV advert) and Orange. Alan is going to show us how his projects have evolved from their original concept drawings, storyboards and animatics, through to the final animated piece.
Find out more about “This Way Up” HERE
Monday 9th March ’09 – doors open at 7pm, screenings start promptly at 7:30 until 10:30pm. So please make sure you arrive on time.
Lighthouse Digital Screening Lounge, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ (behind Wagamama).
£5 per person payable on the door to cover the venue hire costs.
I hope to see you there!
Papervision & Maya training in Brighton – March 2nd-4th January 27, 2009Posted by animnation in Uncategorized.
Tags: 3d, maya, online, papervision, training, web, workshop
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On 4th March, I will be running a masterclass in Maya 3D modelling specific to creating Papervision 3D assets (which enables you to create 3D websites). Recently, I have been working on a number of Papervision 3D projects for clients such as CBBC/CBeebies and MLB (Major League Baseball) – as a result, I have become quite familiar with creating 3D assets for Papervision-made websites.
My Maya workshop is aimed at developers without any 3D modelling experience or 3D artists who want to know exactly how to get their models to look good in Papervision3D.
The morning will cover the basics of 3D modelling in Maya, covering primitives, materials cameras and lighting.
After lunch we’ll learn more Papervision specific techniques :
* Making low poly models look good
* Exporting for Papervision
* Baking textures
* Making your models accessible to actionscript
* Animating Collada files
On 2nd & 3rd March, Seb Lee-Delisle from Plugin Media will be doing workshops on how to create Papervision 3D sites from a developers point of view, and my Maya workshop will be following on from this.
Both workshops are being held at Lighthouse in Brighton, UK.
More information about the workshops & registration can be found HERE.
Big & Small goes live on CBeebies website January 27, 2009Posted by animnation in General AnimNation News.
Tags: 3d, bbc, big & small, big and small, cbbc, cbeebies, flash, game, papervision
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I have been working on the 3D Papervision assets for the new Big & Small Cbeebies game recently with Plug-in Media – which went live on the CBeebies website recently.
Big & Small is a new CBeebies TV show created by Kindle Entertainment. The preschool series is about two friends who couldn’t be more different is voiced by Lenny Henry and Imelda Staunton.