Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I haven't posted anything for a long time but I think today is a good day to start.
Uncharted 4 was released today with rave reviews.  I'm proud to have had a hand in creating the last chapter of the Uncharted series, with such a talented team of artists at Naughty Dog.
Congrats everyone!!!

Now it's time to play the game!!!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Pursue Your Dreams

My mom found a picture of me that I haven't seen in years!  I think I was 11 here.  This was part of our homework.  Our assignment was to make a sentence that revealed something about ourselves for each letter of our first names.

Pursue Your Dreams

Creating art was something that always I loved to do.  I'm glad I continued my path of being an artist. There was time where I fell off that path and hated what I was doing and where it was leading me in life.  I realized that the one thing that always made me the happiest was when I was creating and drawing.   I went back to school, made a lot of sacrifices, and worked extremely hard but it has really paid off.
The saying, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life," is really true.   I'm now an animator and I love going to work!   Who doesn't like getting paid to do what they love to do? Sounds cheezy but great things will come if you are true to yourself and pursue yours dreams and passions.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Animating at THQ

I've been a few months behind on posting this but....
 I'm now an animator at THQ!  Oh what heavenly gloooory!
This a staged picture of me acting casually, pretending to read a magazine.  *It's not even a magazine, its an egg carton. 

Ahhhh and finally!  I moved into my own apartment and it's 4 minutes walking distance to Sony Imageworks(where I hope to be one day).    :)  

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pixel Liberation Front: Last Day

I never got around to posting this picture for a long long time, but this is a  picture of me and Ariel Lee in front of PLF on our last day.  I really appreciated my time there at PLF.  Everyone was really nice and Duane Floch and Simon Halpern kept the laughs comin'.  I miss everyone at PLF.  I wish I grabbed everyone's contact email to KIT.  Best of luck to you all.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Playstation and Blizzard/Activision Mixer (West LA)

I've been really behind so just playing catch up with my post here are some photos from the mixers I attended a few months ago.

It's a shirt compressed to look like a PS3 controller.  All of my other pictures came out dark. (Playstation Mixer)


 The pictures below are from the Blizzard/Activision Mixer I attended with some friends.  We were scanned by a really high tech scanner.   TECHNOLOGIEZZZ  Really cool.
Miurika Valery

 ME
 Manuel Escotet 
 Dionisio Shin
Andy Sinur

Walt Disney Animation Studios

At CTNX I attended the Making of Prep and Landing and got to see the character design and learn more about the movie and it's characters.   Later that night we were invited to see Prep and Landing: Naughty VS Nice at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Prior to seeing Prep and Landing: Naughty VS Nice we got to see other shorts.   My favorite was "Lorenzo" which was about a Cat and his tail that had a mind of it's own(became it's own person).   It was really raw/edgy and visually appealing.  I'm really looking forward for it to come out to the general public.   Watching it once was not enough.

I'm really excited about the new movie Disney movie called , "Wreck It Ralph."  From what I hear, it's going to be very different from what Disney is known for.  It's based on the villian/boss of a game but we get to see his side of the story.


Throughout the screening.   Disney gave out prizes and I got a cool Winnie the Pooh mug which I will put to good use.  They say up to 60% of the human body is water.  For my body it's more like 60% of it is caffeine.

Our host was Darrin Butter who was such a comedian!    Thank you Disney Staff, I really enjoyed the screening.

Warner Bros Studio Tour



I went on a studio tour with 6 other Animation Mentor students/alumni.  Warner Bros. Studio is massive and so many shows are filmed and made there.   My favorite part of the tour was a letter that Bruce Lee wrote to one of the executives of Warner Bros.   for the movie "Enter the Dragon."  He wrote, " I want to make the fuckinest best action movie ......"  Not 100% sure I'm quoting him right but the letter was a very genuine Bruce Lee.  Ahh and I have a green screen Harry Potter shot that I'll have to upload later.

CTN Week in Sunny Southern California...in the rain

CTNX was really inspiring.  I finally got to meet one of my mentors from Animation Mentor, Boola Robello and as awesome in person as he is through the Animation Mentor online program.  This was my first time at CTNX and unfortunately missed seeing Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja in person.  But I was still able to see and learn alot from other artists from the panels and booths.  The best part I'd say was being able to meet so many like-minded individuals with the same passions and goals.  I highly recommend going if you can and buying the 3 day pass as there are alot of panels, screenings, and people to meet.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Digital Domain talks about Real Steel: Event at Esacape Studios

Thanks to everyone that put this together at Escape Studios and Digital Domain for the awesome presentation tonight.  I think this was the first one ever done at Escape Studios.  It was really interesting to hear about the making of Real Steel.  There were prizes given away and even an online class given away by Escape Studios. You can count me in for the next event.

 

*I'm a little behind but will post some pics from the Playstation and Activision Blizzard Mixers I attended soon.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Learn How to Storyboard: The Brad Bird Way

  
King of the Hill

The Simpsons







I was cleaning out my computer and found this.   A lot of great info and examples of how to compose shots for storyboarding and layout using examples from The Simpsons and King of the Hill.   Click on the picture to view/download the PDF

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another Pass: Blocking pass 2


video


Day 2.  Everything is in stepped mode except for the last 10 frames.
Things to block in:
-fingers
-facial
-ending needs a moment for a breathe.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 1: Blocking Pass 1, New dialogue

video
This is my first blocking pass for a new dialogue shot I'm working on to prepare for CTNX next month.  Still alot of breakdowns to add.

Finally trying out the Morpheus rig by Josh Burton and so far, I like it alot.   Its a very appealing rig with alot of control.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CTNX 2011: I just signed up! Finally!



So I rolled up my pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and finally registered for CTNX.
I'll see you all there!

Time to deposit these coins in the bank :P

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

AnimationNation's event with Stephen Silver

I attended Animationnation night with guest speaker Stephen Silver, character designer.  Some memorable quotes of the night were:

"Excellence is never granted to man but only as the reward of Labor,"

"Don't fall back, fall forward" -don't get a back up degree first but just go directly for what you want.

"Don't be competitive, be creative." - your creativity will outshine the competition and always be on top.

The 4 P's
-Passion
-Practice
-Persistence
-Patience

If You Want to Succeed:
-Network
-Listen, learn and read other's experiences
-set goals-daily goals
-keep eyes and ears open for opportunities
-stay on course, don't quit
-Don't listen to cynics, they will take you down
-Don't be afraid to fail.  You must take risk to be successful.

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Stephen Silver spoke about how J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter Books was rejected almost 300 times before her book was published.



This industry is really rough and unstable so it is discouraging when getting a rejection letter but you have to keep going, be patient, practice, be passionate, network, look for opportunities, and visualize yourself being there and eventually you'll get there.






About Stephen Silver
"An artist who needs no introduction. We're happy to host one of the most outstanding and influential character designers in the animation industry this coming AN Night.

Stephen Silver has been at the vanguard of what it means to develop an Independent Economy in animation. Not only is he successful at the highest levels within the studio scene, he's carved an extraordinary name for himself through his personal art and creative projects over the years. From self publishing to online classes to ebooks to plush toys, Stephen has taken his amazing talents to places we all dream about and strive to emulate.

Check out his website and see just how incredible a talent he is.

http://silvertoons.com/

This is a truly unique opportunity to meet and interact with an industry legend."- AnimationNation.com

Stephen Silver at AnimationNation Night.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2006 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank CA 91506

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Animation Workshop!




Hey Everyone,

A friend at the International Academy of Film and Television asked me to help spread the word for an awesome workshop put on by the International Academy of Film and Television, Inc.  The workshops are all priced at $300 per workshop but just mention my blog www.theothermrt.blogspot.com or just "theOtherMrT" and they'll know to bill you $75 only.

It's a 2 day workshop and more details are below. 

You can pay cash on the first day of the workshop or write a check payable to IAFT. You'll need to call 310-593-4444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            310-593-4444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            310-593-4444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            310-593-4444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting    (craig) or email them at laworkshops@iaft.net with info to put you on the list.

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Animation Workshop 

Learn about animation from animators from Disney's Bolt and Warner Bros The Iron Giant.

MENTORS' CLAIM TO FAME

Mike Nguyen
The Iron Giant
Supervising animator
The Rescuers Down Under
animator

Clarence "Boola" Robello
Bolt
Animator
Animation Mentor
Mentor
Spiderman
CG animator

Sam Liu
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
director / storyboard artist
Batman: Year One
director / storyboard artist

Donnell Ebarrete
All-Star Superman
animation department
The Batman (tv series)


DAY 1
Date: October 7
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DAY 2
Date: October 8
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Location:
IOTA Coffee House
528 S. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA



http://www.iaft.net/

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Why I Became an Animator



Its been a really great week.   I started my first day at Hydrogen Whiskey and working on an amazing game doing cinematics.  And ended the week with meeting Mike Nguyen(see below post) and getting a drawing from him.

I'll let this conversation I had with a buddy of mine, Ryan Chan, explain my excitement about my job and why I got into animation:


 me:  aww man!!!
I want to do a chris tucker dialogue too
 Ryan:  it's like, a lot of kung fu type noises
talks about learning stuff from bruce lee .. then does the bruce lee fight noises
 me:  cool.
well gonna watch some star wars to get more familiar with the characters personalities and such
 Ryan:  hahah nice
research!
 me:  good talking to you.  glad your enjoying montreal
 Ryan:  thanks bro
 me:  yup yup
 Ryan:  and congrats again
 me:  thanks!
yeah I even have my own parking spot in a garage!!!
 Ryan:  lol nice
 me:  wierd but I was more excited about that then working on star wars game at first
lol
 Ryan:  hahahaha
that's big stuff man
 me:  yeah I took a pic and everything
 Ryan:  especially in la
 me:  it is!  you gotta come visit my parking space some time
I even get to use it over the weekend!!!
 Ryan:  hahaha
 me:  lol
 Ryan:  hahaha nice
that's prime real estate
 me:  yeah next to the santa monica 3rd street mall like across the street
 Ryan:  oh no shiet!
that's serious real estate!
haha
 me:  yeh it is
 Ryan:  screw the job.. congrats on the parking spot!
 me:  hahahahhaha
thanks!!!
thats why I got into animation
 Ryan:  lol
 me:  ppl say toy story, I say parking spot
lol
 Ryan:  hahaha
that'd be a great interview some day
 me:  yeah hahah I gotta write this down!!!!
 Ryan:  haha for sure
 me:  cool have a good onw man talk soon
 Ryan:  cool you too
ttyl
 me:  later 




All mine!  

Mike Nguyen's "Acting Through the Pencil" class





Signed drawing from Mike Nguyen!!


I attended a 2 part class "Acting Through the Pencil" with Mike Nguyen who is a Disney Veteran and Supervising Animator of the classic movie "The Iron Giant."  This is a great class for beginners as well as professionals.  It was very inspiring and really really put the way I animate into perspective.  

Here are some links to Mike Nguyen's classes and to his upcoming movie "My Little World."

Movie "My Little World"- http://rainplace.net/
Other link's related to Mike Nguyen-http://pegbar.ie/wordpress/?p=588
                                             http://vimeo.com/22451887

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gear Rigging Fun with Softimage

Learning how to rig at work.
I later exported the mesh from another rig used it on this one.  Unfortunately, I don't think I can post it.

So when do I get to animate this?  :)