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Wednesday 26 May 2010

New Website

The new design of my website is finally finished!

I've wanted to update my first somewhat garish attempt at website design almost from the moment I'd finished it. I learned a lot from designing the original site but I think the main problem was that I created it in lots of little pieces which then I put together without much thought as to how the various elements worked together. This site, however, has been designed as more of a whole. It's still brightly coloured and in a similar style to the previous one but I've tried to make it cleaner and keep the colour palette limited and cohesive. Although, the old version still lingers on, should anyone particularly want to revisit that colour scheme.

I'm reasonably happy with it, ideally I would have liked the pages to load a bit faster, but after working on it intermittently for over a year sometimes you just have to say enough.

Content wise, I'm afraid there isn't a lot of new animation to see. Although I have added a couple of the commercials I worked on at Framestore. There are still a few things I need to add, and hopefully I'll have some more animation tutorials to put up soon.

Check it out here.

Monday 17 May 2010

My Showreel

My Showreel is now available to view on Vimeo.

Showreel from Brendan Body on Vimeo.

Unfortunately it doesn't feature any of my latest work from Legends of the Guardians, however I'll be showing some exciting stuff from the film later this year.

Sunday 9 May 2010

Eric Guaglione's Roger Rabbit 2 Test

Animal Logic's Head of Animation, Eric Guaglione, has had a long and varied career in the film and animation industry. He started out in traditional drawn animation and miniature work, from there he moved over to computers and worked at the forefront of 3D animation. Before Eric came to Animal Logic he worked at Disney Animation Studios where he was involved in project development and animation supervision.

He has been a part of many interesting projects but one thing he showed me that really blew me away was a test for Roger Rabbit 2 he helped create in 1998 while at Disney. I'd never seen the exaggeration and fluidity of drawn animation mixed with the solidity of 3D animation work so well before. Here's a low-res preview -

Eric Guaglione's Roger Rabbit Test from Brendan Body on Vimeo.

Roger Rabbit Test: property of Disney Animation Studios

For a better look, head over to Eric's website where there is a high quality Quicktime to step through, as well as more of his work.

Recently I was inspired by the work of Clay Kaytis over at Animation Podcast and decided to conduct a few interviews of my own. I was fortunate enough to record one with Eric which I've been hoping to turn into a series of animation related podcasts ... or bodcasts if you will, but haven't yet found the time. However, I thought it would be interesting to post the part where Eric talks about this test - why it was created, the problems encountered and what eventually happened to the project.

Hopefully I'll get time to post the rest of this 'Animation Bodcast' as well as others soon (I've added an extra link to the topics).

Huge thanks to Eric for agreeing to the interview and a big thanks to the subscribers of this blog. 25 now! I am seriously amazed.