Monday, 19 November 2012

I finished it :)

So here is my contribution to the rowing assignment. After doing my grad film in ToonBoom, I wanted to try to animate the whole thing without linetesting it to challenge me to think more while animating and have more of a purpose with my poses (and no changing after linetesting—what will be, will be).

There are some quite obvious mistakes with the timing and spacing of the oars. It feels a bit like he is rowing in mud or something and then moving super fast back in the air. There is also some ugly mistakes with the arcs of them both right before it goes down into the water and in the water. The hands also goes out of their arcs as he reaches forward.

Oh well, hehe.. it was good fun to do. I want to do more of this in the future, and hopefully the next one will get better :)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Rowing through polygons...

First post here! Found time amongst film work to work on this. Feedback really welcome. Looking forward to doing more of these short tests, they really help to keep me on my toes!

Rowing Test Animation from Kat Seale on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Useful video. An Olympic rower teaches a reporter how to row by breaking down the method :)

Row Row Row... updated with dialogue challenge!

Done at work during a bit of lunch break and at the end of the day. Still quite loose but I don't really have the time to refine it any more. I used Toonboom for this one.

EDIT: video updated with dialogue shot. It felt like I chained myself down in the drawing, hope to focus on the animation next time.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

And I couldn't have done it without the rower...

After doing some action analysis of the Olympics, I had a go at animating an olympic rower.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Animation Challenges: 1

Here it is! The first of our Animation Jumble challenges has begun.
There will be new challenges every three months. Have a go at all the challenges if you have the time or focus on one particular test to challenge yourself. The idea is to set more unusual and challenging challenges that push you to think and plan more. I deliberately didn't choose simple challenges like ball bounces, yawns and walk cycles for the 'beginner' challenges because I know everyone here has done them many times before.

So here they are;

Beginner: ROWING
(the technical challenge)
Animate a character rowing in profile or any other angle you like. The test can be a loop just like in a walk cycle. This test was chosen for the changes in weight and resistance as the oars come in and out of the water. It is a specific action which should require some research.

Intermediate: HIDE AND SEEK
(the performance challenge)
Animate a character hiding or seeking, or both. Focus on character. Think about why they are hiding or seeking to inject story into the performance.

(the acting to audio challenge)
Animate to this short audio clip. Just like the 11 second club.
Female character; 'You know you're sweet. You really are!'
MP3 is recommend for best quality.

Right click and download here

If you have any questions or technical problems just comment to this post.
Any form of animation is fine.

The next challenges start 1st January.

... And remember you can still post any animation you have unrelated to the challenges.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Discussion: Animation Software

Hi everyone

As we lead up to our first challenges I thought it would be good to discuss what you use to animate.
Which digital 2D, CG or linetest software do you use and what do you think of it?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Would you like topics?

Hi everyone
This is a bit of a test to see how many people are following this blog, so please comment if you're here and let me know what you think.

I was wondering if you would be interesting in having monthly, weekly or seasonal topics. They could be short audio/dialogue tests, little acting shots or just plain techincal practice. Similar to that on the aibjumble and the 11second club blog's mini challenges, they could be something like; gravity, surprise, wildlife, sport etc. I think the audio challenges would be most interesting, similar to the 11 second club but short clips maybe 2 to 4 seconds long.

I also think it would be nice to leave the blog as it is, allowing anyone to post any animation they have. The challenges could be mixed in with the usual posts.

And if you are currently at the AUCB please spread the word about this blog.
After speaking to AUCB interterns at work I was also wondering if you would like to discuss or ask questions about animation things, timing charts, dopesheets, cleanup, bits and pieces. It seems not much has changed over the years and many of us leave without this basic kowledge. There are quite a few experienced alumni on this blog willing to take time to help you out.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

A Revised Pencil Test

After Geoff's critique on my last post, I went back and reanimated my pencil test, putting in more delayed action and arcs.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A Few Pencil Tests

I'm tring to loosen up with my animation even further - any feedback would be great!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

New showreel

Hi guys :) Here is my new showreel. Any feedback is welcome. I added the WIP CG animation because I was in contact with a studio that does mostly CG work, if not I would have probably waited until it was done. If you have the time, it would be good to get some tips/criticism on the rest of my portfolio as well :)

And if you are in London this week. Come by the BFI on Friday and check out our films at the BFI :)


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Hey guys, 11 second club :D

Hey, well its been a while since ive been on here. The work that has been posted so far though, is looking as good as ever.

So anyhows, i have started the 11 second club challenge this month and I figured it might be interesting to see what you all think of my WIP


All the best anyhow
Oh and i have graduated YAY!!!
So if your around BFI showing is on July the 6th.

Monday, 12 March 2012


I thought I should keep the Animation Jumble going by posting this shot progression for a short film I work on last year.

My role in this production was to animate the majority of the short film. We had a very limited schedule and the style of animation required was minimal but I was able to spend a little more time on some shots.

The progression here is large thumbnails (blue), rough (orange), tiedown (blue)
Animated in TVPaint