A few days ago I wrapped up a new shot. While it has room for improvement I feel good about where it currently is and I hope you find it entertaining.
Nellie and I spent about a week racking our brains to recall great dialogue moments in movies and TV shows. My main goal was to animate a female character showing an intense emotion. I wanted a little variety in my demo reel.
After we settled on the dialogue of choice I had Nellie do an acting video reference for me and it turned out awesome. It is important to note that Nellie gave birth to our daughter, Layla, completely unmedicated three days before doing this video reference. Impressive!
The setting is a female actress having an argument in her Malibu kitchen while making a bologna sandwich. Check it out below.
Over Christmas I was working on my shot and my 4-year old niece, Lola, wanted to give her reenactment of it too. She memorized this on her own and just did it. It made the whole family laugh.
This shot has come a long way from where it started. I chose a layered approach on this shot. What this means is I only focus on the parts of the body that move the most. In this shot it was the head and hands. Once I felt happy about the energy and timing of these parts I layered in things like the spine, neck, waist and cleaner poses. Below is a video of the progression of a part of the shot to make it more clear.
And here is the final animation.
I want to give a special thank you to Michal Makarewicz. He has been generous with his knowledge and time. Another thanks to all of my peers, classmates and friends who provided fantastic critiques and feedback.
And most of all, a deep thanks to my beautiful wife, Nellie. She breathed life into this character and was a great cheerleader throughout the entire experience of this shot. I Love you Nellie!
ANOTHER CUTE AND FUN ANIMATION
Cinematics is a timeline of classic films and characters developed by Pier Paolo.
I love the style of the characters and animation. Fantastic job Pier!
TOY OF THE WEEK
I have a new addition to my toy collection!
Just kidding. I Love my daughter WAY more than my toys. I was working on my animation for Class 6 at Animation Mentor and I had Layla sitting by me in the loft while I worked. She is the cutest isn’t she!?
Nellie bought a bag of Oreos to get us through the long nights of animation. I Love my wife!
This made Nellie and I laugh. So funny!
MY NEW LITTLE INSPIRATION IN LIFE!
Layla is growing so fast and Nellie and I can not get enough of her. This is her sleeping today after her bath.
Her bib was created by one of our baby shower guests. We can’t remember who so if you designed this message me! :) haha
I hope she inspires you too!
I am not much of a football fan but this animation wins me over. UK based studio, Fraser Davidson, did a great job explaining the sport with hilarious character animation.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
TOY OF THE WEEK
It has been awhile since I have shared a new toy with you. Today, Nellie, baby Layla and I are visiting some friends in San Francisco. We didn’t expect this little guy to show up.
Nellie and I spotted this cute baby version of Toothless in Target. It is the new Dragons Defenders Of Berk 3 inch mini figurine. There are 8 total and they are freaking cute.
CLASS 6 SNEAK PEAK
This past Sunday was my first critique from my mentor, Sean Sexton. I submitted a cut down version of all of my Animation Mentor assignments. This will be the foundation of my new demo reel.
I started laughing tonight as I stood at my computer getting ready to address Sean’s polish notes for each of my shots in my new reel. Some of the notes are minor and some may take a couple hours to address. However, there are a couple notes on a shot I was not expecting and gave me a big grin. It was polish notes on my very first assignment at Animation Mentor, the bouncy ball. I have to tell you, it was fun opening this shot from over 18 months ago where I barely knew anything about character animation.
For those of you who do not know, you are not supposed to put the bouncy ball on your demo reel. It will more than likely NEVER land you a job. So I decided to find a creative way to put the bouncy ball on my reel and pay tribute to all the lost bouncy balls assignments out there. Haha
I turned my bouncy ball into the moon as it bounces in a silhouetted night time landscape that closely resembles my hometown in Syracuse, Indiana. Not only was I having fun by putting it on my reel but I also wanted to pay homage to my childhood roots. I wouldn’t be who I am without my parents creating a relaxing and fun childhood in Indiana. So thank you for that mom and dad.
I hope you enjoy the newly polished bouncy moon and the new SFX I added. Thanks for checking it out and stay tuned for more on my Class 6 experience.
Today is the last day of my 20’s. I regret nothing and cherish everything from the past 30 years of my life. Tonight, Nellie and I ate at our usual Thai restaurant and at the end of the meal I received the fortune cookie above.
I am excited to experience the next decade with my beautiful wife and daughter. It will be neat to see what happens in the years to come!