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Demo Reel 2012

 

This demo reel highlights my experience with character animation, effects, and motion graphics inside of Adobe After Effects created in the past year.

Shot Breakdown:

1. A Virus Named TOM Intro – Animation, FX, storyboards
2. Doodle Promo – Animation, assets, illustration
3. A Virus Named TOM Hydrator – Animation, FX
4. A Virus Named TOM Teleporter – Animation, FX, animatic
5. Shaded Chasm – Everything
6. Blessing White Promo – Animation, assets, illustration
7. A Virus Named TOM Sidewalk – Animation, FX, storyboards
8. Kuiper’s Sail – Everything

A Virus Named TOM assets by Travis Koller: http://travisleekoller.carbonmade.com/projects/4272382#1

Marius Libman (Copy) gave me the rights to use the song, Closet Face, for this reel.
To see more of my work, including hand-drawn animation and animated sprites used in video games I’ve taken part in, please click the Demo Reels tab above to see their respective reels. Thank you!


49-Hour Animation Competition 2012

 

 

Our second year entering into the 49-hour film competition hosted by the MG Collective. This year we got it in on time, had a lot of fun, and did it all with just 4 people instead of 5. Not only that, but other than myself, the group was entirely made of sophomores. Really proud of them. I think we all got a total of 9-11 hours of sleep each over the span of the weekend, but man, it was exhilarating for us creatively! Put our skills to the test in a small timeframe! This year’s theme was more open to interpretation, which I think is why it was so fun for all the Huntington University groups. This my group’s take on “panic”. Enjoy!


Kuiper’s Sail Remix

 

New addition to Mourou, Stephen Yonkin, as sound designer and composer, came up with a new soundtrack for Kuiper’s Sail so that it may be submitted to festivals and shown publicly with full rights. I think he did a fantastic job. The song is completely different than the Junior Boys’ piece, and still manages to give the film a very complimentary feel. I personally liked his work with an atmospheric ending, high tension for the climax of the film, and other cool transitions. Check it out for yourself! I recommend some bassy headphones for full enjoyment. Currently, this film has been entered into the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Let’s hope it does well.

Stephen and I are excited to work on more collaborations in the future. Stay tuned!

Visit his soundcloud for more of his electronic beats: http://soundcloud.com/stephenyonkin


Kuiper’s Sail

Well, that day has finally arrived. I have finished my Senior Project and the showing went pretty well tonight in the showcase. I received some nice compliments and it really felt great to finally finish this thing! Jeez, it took me forever! Over 30+GB of assets, 25 different After Effects Compositions, and over 300 layers, it feels great to finally complete it. So much work went into this little film and it somehow feels like it could be better. There are some shots that are really bugging me, but perhaps it’s just hind-sight speaking and my OCD. I will put this film in the books and put it behind me. I need something fresh and something new to work on. The future is bright! I have posted the video below, however it will only be public until May 26th for personal reasons. You will need a password to access the film afterwards.

 

The working title for the film was “Nowhere to Go”, however, I had always meant to change it. I settled on “Kuiper’s Sail”, because I want the focus to be on the story, rather than the lyrics of the song. It’s about this dude’s journey across the solar system to find earth and find peace. He’s flying in a ship, sailing per-say, inside the depth of the Kuiper Belt. I like to think of him as the lost explorer, perhaps Kuiper himself. Hence, Kuiper’s Sail.

With that, I begin work on my stop-motion final. It’s ironic, because at the showcase my puppet won Best Stop Motion Puppet – Foam in the show. And, I haven’t even animated that final stop motion film yet! Awesome! I’m looking forward to it, especially since it’s tangible.

Give me feedback on my senior project if you can. I’d love to know what you think!


More Previews

Just uploading some new shots from my senior film. I’m getting excited! Here’s to hoping I finish my project this week!


49-Hour Animation Competition 2011

Well, my team put up a good fight. We got a lot of work done! I felt privileged to direct and lead this fantastic group of individuals to getting a film done in just  a weekend. Fantastic experience. While we did not get our film rendered out in time for the deadline, we did get a film out of our hard work. File management bit us in the end when we accidentally overwrote four hours of work – two, complex, fully-animated shots. We just couldn’t get caught up after the setback. But alas, it wasn’t about winning, it was about competing. Take a look at our film!

 

Be sure to crank up the sound! Keff worked his butt off to give it some amazing sound effects. I consider this a success and had about 20 seconds of animation that I would consider putting on my 2011 demo reel. Let me know what you think!

Bride Concept Art


Pumpkin Pie

Finally finished cleaning this up. Started it a few weeks ago and added the plate wobble at the end after all this time. Felt like I could finally post it. Let me know what you think! Good practice for this weekend’s competition.


49-Hour Animation Competition

So, my professors sent me a link to this amazing opportunity. I was instantly excited. I really want to enter a competition and compete for something. And if it’s in animation, all the better! I was really itching to do something like this last semester with the William Shatner Toon-Boom contest. But, I never entered it and regretted it ever since! The premise is pretty simple. Create an animated film from scratch in 49 hours. It starts on Friday April 1st at 6PM and ends on Sunday at 7PM. There will be a viewing of the films in Indianapolis later on. The films will get reviewed by some top animators in the industry! I have managed to scramble together a pretty awesome team of my fellow student animators. Nathan Welch, Chad Bierdeman, Keff Beasley, and possibly Drew Vosberg are going to team up with me for this animation experience. You may find the respective links to their works in the sidebar! We will be doing ours hand-drawn in Toon-Boom/Flash. Keff is going to do sound-design as he is just phenomenal at it. Chad, Nathan, and I will be doing the animation, and Vozzie will head up the concept and pipeline work if he decides to give us his 100% decision to join.

Hopefully this will turn out to be a wonderful test of our skills. We don’t know what the topic will be or what prizes there are at stake. We will receive a topic at the very start of the competition so hopefully we’ll get something fun to animate! Wish us luck, pray for us, and root for us over this weekend of slavery to the art of animation.


Spring Break Progress

Hello everyone. Sorry for not posting over spring break! Believe it or not, I was not out partying or anything like that this past week. In fact, I was working hard on my Senior Project, trying to get all the technical issues fixed and making it look better and better. There is just an issue or two left that I was able to spot in these frames, but otherwise I think they are complete. This will be actual footage of the final video. Let me know what you think!


Thrust

Hey guys. Just a quick little update. I worked all yesterday on a new thrust for my little astronomer. Tell me what you think and how it compares to the old!