Archive for March, 2007

Animated Commercial Test
Friday, March 30th, 2007


Here I’m working out the motion of the character. Good motion just takes time, and in some instances, you have to do some good old fashioned Disney style “frame by frame” motion like when the characer is pointing. At that point his hand has to morph from pointing […]

3D Caricature
Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Here’s a 3d Bono I’m working on.

Soon he’ll be able to walk, talk and of course … talk more. The odd part about making him talk is that I have to build a “MORPH” or new mouth shape for every phoneme, so that means I have to study his face and find how it […]

Radiosity.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Here’s a little experiement in realism. It uses a technique called radiosity, which lets the light bounce around the room.

Looks like I need more light directed towards Franky’s face.

Surreal 3D
Sunday, March 11th, 2007

I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like the feel. Plus, nurses and UFOs add to any scene.

I like this look OR I could “make do” with it because it’s sparse and renders fast. And rendering time is a huge consideration for animators. So what is rendering? It’s the […]

Matte Painting Sample of Santa Fe
Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Here’s the before …

… and the after …

I added an evil lair up on the mountain high just for giggles. And considering those peaks would be about thirty thousand footers, the “lair” would be one of the largest pads on the planet. And then the pre-historic tropical rainforest makes for an interesting drive […]

New Animation Looks
Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here I’m blending 2D and 3D within a 3d environment. But now I’ve found a way to make the 2D character cast shadows as though he were there.

This might make a nice look for an animated feature. What do you think?

Ice Age 3D Sample
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Here I rebuilt a shot from the movie “Ice Age.” It’s late afternoon with those warm glows and long blue shadows.
And I know-I know, there were no triceratops in Ice Age, but I didn’t have a wooley mammoth made.

I know kung fu.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007


Just a little test to see how Frankie moves. What you’re seeing here is motion captured from a live subject, then applied to a 3D model.

Matte Painting
Monday, March 5th, 2007

What is it? Think of those lucious glacial views on Lord of the Rings or the jungles in Pirates of the Caribbean. Most or all of those shots are 3d and exist only on a computer.
Here are some of my still samples. But check back cause I hope to have some […]

Compositing Test
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Here’s Frank composited over a city scene. Special care was given to lighting him so that he fits the shot. Click and have a look.
Currently I’m working on camera matching live video to an animated scene. Hopefully I’ll have some good animated shots of that soon.