September 18, 2014

Sax - animated short by Dean Heezen

Check out this amazing short film animated by Sheridan grad Dean Heezen! Gorgeous and inspiring stuff.

Animated Short by Dean Heezen
Choreography by Dean Heezen
Music by the Griffith Hiltz Trio - "Sporty Portia" (permission granted)
Special Thanks:
Nathan Hiltz
Maury Whyte
Kevin Williams
Justin Hartley
Jean Lang
Amy He
Stanley Chan
Friends and Family
For Mom, Dad, Ian and Lee

September 2, 2014

New 2D hand animated film; Hullabaloo!

I just found out about this fantastic looking film in the making called Hullabaloo!

Here's the indiegogo campaign description:

Hullabaloo  is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film's two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
To learn more about what steampunk is, go here: Steampunk 101  
By helping us fund Hullabaloo, you get to help save 2D animation, you get to support a pro-girl and pro-science story, and you also get a boatload of cool stuff!
GO check out the indiegogo campaign!! Spread the word!

August 28, 2014

Logo Roughs

So these are some very rough logo design sketches, but which do you like best?

Which logo design do you prefer?
Poll Maker

August 25, 2014

Just a lil pencil test warmup

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done any hand drawn animation! I had to start off with a little test shot. I’ll probably do a few more before I get back to working on my film.

August 17, 2014

Review of "Top Ten" 2D Animation Software

I stumbled across this review of apparently what are the best top ten 2D animation software packages out there in 2014. I'm surprised that Flash isn't on there considering it's popularity and ease of use. I'm pretty darn happy using Toonboom Animate since it's drawing tools are pretty good and it was made strictly for animation. I've personally found Digicel Flipbook to be a really useful program for pencil testing animation done on paper. This is ultra cheap and easy to do with a webcam taped to an adjustable arm light. I'd love to know; which 2D animation software packages have you used? Which are your favourites and why?

I was a little bummed when the Indigogo campaign for Animation Paper, the sucessor to Plastic Animation Paper didn't raise it's funds in time. Though Niels Krogh Mortensen says he still wants to see Animation Paper get made which is fantastic. I'm looking forward to that one.

Has anyone tried Pencil? It's free, open-source and available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Though not software for animation persay, Toonboom Storyboard looks pretty amazing. I can see how that one would be wildly helpful in producing storyboards.

Of course, there are a number of online stores where you can buy animation paper, animation punches, pegs and all the supplies you would need to get started with some hand drawn animation. I've personally done my shopping at Lightfoot Ltd., but other stores include CartoonSupplies.comCartoon Colour Company and Chroma Colour (based in the UK).

July 16, 2014

A new 2D Animation Software!

Animation Paper is a brand spankin' new 2D animation software that currently has an indiegogo campaign going on. The first release of the software will be for Mac with a Windows version to come later. It looks like a pretty sweet deal...
As stated on the indiegogo campaign page: "Enjoy drawing the rough blue lines over layers of red layouts, do keys and breakdowns, turn on your real time light table, quickly move drawings around, refine your x-sheet timing to perfection, clean up in smoothed black ink, zoomed in and rotated - and get the most beautiful hand drawn lines and expressive animation you can ever do. Feel your computer and tablet pen become a true extension of your creative self. Experience the freedom of animating without constraints. Animation Paper is going to be awesome!"

here’s the list of main features:
  • Super fast responsiveness – while drawing, while flipping, while everything
  • Quality lines – built on high speed, high resolution input from your tablet (like a Wacom)
  • Small to large format frames
  • Realtime smooth rotation and zooming of the view (and mirror) - controlled with gestures (pinch/rotate) or quick zoom function
  • Light table (onion skinning – advanced and customizable)
  • X-Sheet – easy, yet powerful timing and reuse (also scribbled notes and sound wave display)
  • Layers (each layer colored black, blue, red, green or custom)
  • Cutouts (easily reposition/rotate/scale drawings or parts of drawings)
  • Clean up (smoothed lines)
  • Paint (simple coloring with eyedropper and fill. May not be included in first release, but in free upgrade)
  • Many alternative ways of flipping (keys, wheel, springy return flip, etc)
  • Customizable Tool Bar and Quick Select (marking menu) for reaching favorite functions with a flick
  • Realtime full frame reference on 2nd monitor
  • Play scenes in sequence to check continuity
  • Import and export of video and frame-stacks (including alpha and X-Sheet timing data)
  • Native Mac OS X app (but also done natively for Windows, iPad and Android if stretch goals are reached)
Check out the campaign page: