Wednesday, July 15, 2015

what's shakin'.

mid-summer, behind schedule, but now getting into a work rhythm. working on After Effects wave animation, heading into seq05. the wave images need to be revised for animation purposes, slow and tedious but I've gotten the hang of it, now.

it was encouraging to receive some nice Facebook feedback on the seq04 video. this has, and continues to be, such a long haul (nobody's doing but yours truly, as we sit here trying to make a digitally handmade film, by gum), that I was wondering what the heck am I doing, taking so long with this thing, but the sound of friendly voices chiming in gave me a nice boost and made it all seem worthwhile...

I'd like to introduce our new intern, Gabrielle Patterson, fresh out of UPenn with a Fine Arts degree, focusing on animation. She's helping out with clouds after first having tried her hand at waves. Glad to have her onboard for this part of the ogre journey.

Tahirah Pryor is also back, having graduated from UArts this past spring and adjusting to life beyond school. She's working on the star sequence of the film this time around, having proven her highly competent skills in character coloring last year.

it's humid here in the summer (what else is new!), but I have a happy guardian to cheer me up here in the studio as I rearrange pixels. here is my new friend:

he sets me right when the going gets gummy.

that's it for the moment.

surrounded by ferns,


Saturday, May 16, 2015

school's out for summer!

test sequence showing tvpaint waves


That means work on the "Ogre & the Mermaid" can once more take priority, with the Final Deadline approaching in September. Time to figure out wave animation in After Effects (pushing interpolated keys around) and TVPaint (custom waves hitting solid objects).

The studio will move to Paradise for a month, with nothing but sand, forests, and Costco as distraction. Healthy air, beautiful surroundings, and that darned laptop and tablet for the eyeballs.

Looking forward to seeing if Apple does come out with a Mega Tablet that's big enough to happily draw on and a stylus that's sensitive to pressure (like me). I like the thought of picking up a piece of magic glass and animating anywhere there's a place to park it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

philadelphia independents ii

philadelphia independents screening

a collection of animated work by the philadelphia region's top independent animators!

a section of "the ogre and the mermaid" by motion heads will screen as a work in progress.

two dates:

february 28th, 6:30pm
philadelphia plastic club
247 camac street
*first-come, first-served

april 3rd, 6:30pm
university of the arts
211 south broad street
8th floor, connelly auditorium

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Ogre/Mermaid continues to be updated during this winter break, with the goal of getting all rough compositing completed by the 20th. So far, sequences 1-6 have been given the once-over, with 11 more to go!

No time like the present.