Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sketch to Vector #2

After working out the vector illustration, I added the shading as a separate layer in Photoshop as opposed to using blends in Illustrator.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Radio City Christmas Spectacular on NBC, 12/1/07

"For the first time ever, NBC will televise the 75th celebration of the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" in a one-hour exclusive special from the great stages at Radio City Music Hall."

We worked on four sequences for this at Guava. I was responsible for the 'Ragdoll' sequence, creating original characters and building the interior to Santa's workshop. The animation is pretty basic so as not to distract from the Rockettes in the foreground, however, I was able to infuse some life into them by synchronizing their actions to the music and action taking place on stage.

Check out the broadcast this Saturday night, December 1st, from 8-9pm EST on NBC.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Berlin Underground

Just had to post about how clean the subway system is here.  I was shocked to hear one of the locals referring to it as "a bit messy." Especially considering how downright filthy the NYC subway system is.  (Of course, he might have been comparing theirs to the opulence of the Russian underground...) We sure could learn a thing or two from our European counterparts.

Berlin Graffiti

Had a chance to walk around a bit this afternoon after the DVD screening.  I'm always intrigued by the local graffiti whenever visiting someplace new.  After wandering around Museum Island there were only a few hours of daylight left so I tried to snap a few examples before it got too dark.

Berlin, Day 4

Ok, so there's no Day 2 or Day 3 post.  The screenings on both days ran very late, and by the time I got back to the hotel (2am-ish) I was simply too wiped out to post.  I would then sleep in as late as possible before jetting back to the venue for another full day. Think Siggraph Electronic Theater + Animation Screening Rooms for 2 days straight and you get the idea.

Overall, the festival was very entertaining, informative, and a great inspiration. All of the presentations were well done.  For me, the speaker highlights were Studio SoiTokyo Plastic, and Aaron Stewart.

One interesting tidbit from Anna, Peter and Lars was that there will not be a show next year, as they will be adjusting the schedule for a Springtime conference (that way, they don't exhaust their Summer planning for a late Fall show.)  I feel extra fortunate that I was able to attend this year before the planned hiatus.

A very scruffy and somewhat jet-lagged Steve.

Lars, Peter, and Anna, aka, Pictoplasma.

The crowd ready for the first program to begin.