ANIMATION MENTOR VIDEO REFERENCE REEL

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to share my video references I used for my assignments while attending Animation Mentor.

Video references are meant to be inspiration. The goal is to shoot the idea of your shot so when you go to animate you are using real-life details to enhance your creativity. Merely copying your video reference will yield boring results. Take your reference and find key moments to exaggerate so your ideas read clearly in animation.

Keep in mind who your character is when referring to your video reference. Ex.You are a human with natural proportions (hopefully) and your character might have a really large head compared to the body. Make sure you take physics into account when you go from video reference to animation. The head on your character is bigger than your head so it is going to be heavier. This will cause your weight shifts to be bigger, cause more overlap and connectivity with the shoulders and upper body need to be exaggerated.

Don’t be afraid to be silly and have fun. That is what being an animator is all about! Happy video referencing!

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

I am presenting at the 2014 NAB Show

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This is my first time attending and presenting at NAB. NAB is the worlds largest electronic media show.

MAXON has been kind enough to invite me to share how I use their software, Cinema 4D, in my professional freelance work. You can see examples of my work using Cinema 4D here at www.brockoli.com. I will be demoing a few of my projects and sharing some tips and tricks.

If you are not attending NAB in person you can watch my presentation among other talented C4D artists here at www.c4dlive.com. If you miss the live cast there will be a recording available at a later date.

I will be presenting on:
Tuesday April 8th at 2:30 PM
Wednesday April 9th at 9:30 AM
If you have any questions about Cinema 4D or my projects feel free to email me at brock@brockoli.com.
IT’S OFFICIAL!
I received my diploma from Animation Mentor today. So cool! I am so glad I did this program. It has been worth it. High-res

IT’S OFFICIAL!

I received my diploma from Animation Mentor today. So cool! I am so glad I did this program. It has been worth it.

Wise men say, forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza!

Michelangelo, TMNT

Here is Layla supervising my shot as I am finishing up. She is the true talent behind my animations. ;) High-res

Here is Layla supervising my shot as I am finishing up. She is the true talent behind my animations. ;)

Class 6: Polish and Portfolio

CLASS 6: POLISH AND PORTFOLIO

This is it! My final class and assignment at Animation Mentor. I’m currently writing a review of the Animation Mentor experience and I will post it early next week.

Our main assignment for class 6 was to review the best shots in our body of character animation work, polish them up and edit together a demo reel. 

My mentor this term was Dreamworks Animating Supervisor, Sean Sexton. Each week Sean would review my animations for my demo reel and give me notes to improve them. Additionally, my main goal this term was to animate a new two person dialogue. I really wanted to animate a shot that felt sincere. 

Growing up, my families laughter was contagious. Most of my favorite childhood memories involved laughter with my family. I thought it would be really neat to capture those memories in my animation.

I grew up in Indiana and the lakes freeze over during the winter. Growing up my dad would take my brothers and I ice fishing. It involved a lot of candy, laughter and the best memories. Thank you Dad for awesome childhood memories. I am blessed and I cherish them.

CONCEPT:

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Here is my video reference for my shot:

Here is the final animation:

NEW TMNT TRAILER
Today the new trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went live. I am assuming most of you, if not all of you, have seen the new trailer. One of my good buddies, Josiah Taylor, told me even his unborn child had seen it before me. haha
I will wait to voice my full thoughts on Michael’s vision of the heroes in a half-shell until after I have seen the film.
My initial thoughts and fears is that the Ninja Turtles are too large and heavy. They feel more like toxic avengers mixed with the Hulk. I thought they would be more like “NINJAS” and “TEENAGERS”. Oh well, I hope the action is awesome and the story is solid.
You can see the trailer below. Enjoy!
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NEW TMNT TRAILER

Today the new trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went live. I am assuming most of you, if not all of you, have seen the new trailer. One of my good buddies, Josiah Taylor, told me even his unborn child had seen it before me. haha

I will wait to voice my full thoughts on Michael’s vision of the heroes in a half-shell until after I have seen the film.

My initial thoughts and fears is that the Ninja Turtles are too large and heavy. They feel more like toxic avengers mixed with the Hulk. I thought they would be more like “NINJAS” and “TEENAGERS”. Oh well, I hope the action is awesome and the story is solid.

You can see the trailer below. Enjoy!

brockoliblog turned 2 today!
Crazy, today marks 2 years that I have had this blog. Thank you to everyone who takes interest in it.
While my journey at Animation Mentor is coming to a close my journey to learn Character Animation has just begun. I am going to keep this blog alive and well so keep coming back.
I am wrapping up a new shot this week and I will be posting it. Stay Tuned! High-res

brockoliblog turned 2 today!

Crazy, today marks 2 years that I have had this blog. Thank you to everyone who takes interest in it.

While my journey at Animation Mentor is coming to a close my journey to learn Character Animation has just begun. I am going to keep this blog alive and well so keep coming back.

I am wrapping up a new shot this week and I will be posting it. Stay Tuned!

(Source: assets)

A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.

Harvey Mackay

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE SUPERMAN

Corridor Digital outdid themselves this time. Check out this amazing video of Superman flying around Los Angeles wearing a GoPro.

Check out the behind the scenes video here to see how they did it.

SO FUNNY

I know this is old news and has been posted a million times all over the internet but it just didn’t feel right not having it on my blog.

Laugh for yourself!

TOOTHLESS, I LOVE YOU!!!

This is one of those movies that I can not wait to see and I don’t care if anyone else doesn’t know how awesome it is. It is their loss and my little secret.

But really, you need to go see it! It is going to be AWESOME! Check out the new trailer above and the website for more dragon goodness.