My Career Change Animated

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Animation, General | 0 comments


This is the final modification of my final project from my ANI 201 class, Animation I, at DePaul University in Chicago. It uses images processed in Photoshop and imported into After Effects for compositing. The movie was produced during the fall quarter of the 2009 – 2010 school year.

The concept is to show my career transition in the works. My old life as an engineer in a small engine factory is covered by foliage, ridding me of the old profession that brought me no creative fulfillment. Then the foliage retreats to reveal the inspiration to return to school and unleash my creative juices in digital animation, my new career in progress.

This is the second revision in which I add audio tracks in key spots to give more life to the film. I also added MAYA renderings and hand sketches from my 3D modeling class to the end.


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I Love Music

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Animation, General | 2 comments


I didn’t use the Isley Brother’s Ohio Players classic by the same name but I could have and it would have fit perfectly. This was a short film produced in my Editing I class at DePaul University during the Spring 2010 quarter.

The assignment was to find or create our own video footage and stills and use it with music to tell a story. My sources were YouTube and the iTunes Store.

This is one of my favorites as I got to indulge my love of music and give a truncated version of the history of Western music. Who knows. Maybe I’ll do a longer one some day.


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My Interpretation of the Jaberwocky

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This was my last regular project prior to the final project for Acting For Animators during the Spring quarter of 2011 at DePaul University.

Our assignment was to take Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical poem Jaberwocky from Alice In Wonderland and make a short film interpretation of it. More specifically we were to find a YouTube version online that seemed interesting and use that audio as the foundation for our video.

I had fun making this a more figurative than literal interpretation. We were fortunate to be taught by the author of the book “Acting For Animators”, Ed Hooks.

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Particle Physics Anyone?

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This is my final project for ANI480 Animation Production taken during the fall quarter of the 2010-2011 school year at DePaul University. The animation was done in Maya, clips of each of the five segments of the animation were rendered and imported into AfterEffects to create five QuickTimes and those QuickTime clips were imported into PremierPro to compose the movie.

Most of the work was done in Maya. The universe is a sphere with a stellar graphic that I applied to a shader. I then dropped the shader onto the sphere to create my universe where all the natural phenomena occurs.

The star is composed of two spheres which are centered on each other. I manipulated lattice points at the front of the outer orange sphere at different points along the time line to simulate a “belching” or “spitting” effect each time it ejected a particle. I pulled the lattices into the sphere to reveal the inner yellow core of the star and then forward to extend the front of the sphere to a tip as each particle left the core.

Each particle is a sphere that is stretched by a lattice deformer. Alternating the positions of the deformer lattice and the deformer base is what gives it the pulled effect. Alternating these positions is how I created the tail behind each particle. Pulling the sphere away from the lattice as it traveled out into space is what allowed it to reform itself back into a sphere again. This same lattice deformer option was used for the proton-neutron conversion, atom simulation and molecule simulation segments of the film.

The inner and outer star, atom and molecule components were all colored using regular color shaders. The proton-neutron converted particle was uncolored. I left it at its gray default and used a series of lights with green and purple color filters in order to simulate the conversion from one type to the other.

In the last segment I found an image of daVinci’s Virtruvian Man, applied it to a shader and dropped the shader onto a rectangle. Then I deleted the rest of the rectangle faces to end up with a plate showing the image on both sides.


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Fun With Austin Powers

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This was my final project for ANI430 – 3D Character Animation at DePaul University. I created it during the fall 2010 quarter.

The project uses the Generi character which is a commonly downloaded rig.

I used the “Capitalism” audio from a YouTube clip of this part of the first Austin owers movie as the basis for my assignment.


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My James Bond-ish Short Animation

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in Animation, General | 0 comments


I made this one in my Visual Stylization in 3D Animation Course. It’s the final production from the Winter Quarter of 2011. I had a blast learning a lot of 2D and 3D techniques. The object of the final was to create an animation in two different styles and to show a convincing transition between each.

The first part of my film uses the 3D on 2D technique. The boat is a 3 dimensional object which is colored with Toon shaders in Maya. This shader gives it a flat 2D appearance to make it look as if it were also 2 dimensional like the painting it appears in. The boat moves between two flat planes onto which I applied two layered parts of said painting. The 2D flat planes give a feel of depth to the scene as the boat moves through it.

The painting is “Dr. Scorpio’s Lair” by Josh Agle which I separated into two layers and processed into two separate files using Photoshop.

The second part of the film was all 3D, created in Maya. I used a copy of the same 3D boat with regular color shaders applied to it. Using the same two colors on both boats tied the 2D and 3D scenes together.

The tiki head is also a Josh Agle piece. I used it as my transition from from one scene to the other.

Finally I used After Effects for post production to create a Quicktime clip.

This got some really good reaction on YouTube and I hope you enjoy it too. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of it.


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