5 years at DW

I recently hit the 5 year mark.  Obviously, it feels like it flew by.  Yet somehow at the same time it feels like I’ve been there forever.
I can’t even begin to quantify how much I’ve learned during the last 5 years – but it’s A LOT.
And still going.

I also realized that I have worked on the last 4 DW releases (which is rare because of the overlapping schedules).
The Croods (upcoming)
Rise of the Guardians (upcoming)
Madagascar 3
Puss in Boots

In reality, my time on Mad3 was very short and I only did a small handful of shots.  I will have slightly more time on Croods, but still I joined the project when they were somewhere near 85% completion in animation.   So it really doesn’t count as being heavily involved in 4 releases in a row, though I can claim it as a technicality since my name will be in the end of each of them.  🙂

It’s a lame statistic, I know.

 

 

Rise of the Guardians trailer and fandom

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  After my last post I worked briefly on Madagascar 3.  I only got a do a small handful of work before I was switched off the show.  A lull in animation work until story rewrites came through meant I was switched over to Rise of the Guardians – a project I wanted to be on since I saw the first few animation tests and heard the story pitch almost a year beforehand.

It worked out really well.  It was supposed to be only a temporary placement for about one month, but I was meshing well enough with the project that they were able to keep me on it for the duration.  8 months later, we’re nearing completion in animation and I couldn’t be more proud of the film.

Here’s the newest trailer:

The movie seems to be catching fire on tumblr.  There’s been quite an uprising of fandom so far for all the characters.  It’s really amazing to see characters I’ve helped create become so adored.  The fans are even writing their own fan fiction already, drawing the characters, dressing like them, and making animated gif’s of every shot in the trailer. It’s quite awesome.

the link below will give you everything on tumblr tagged with ‘rise of the guardians, and it’s constantly updating with lots and lots of content:

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/rise-of-the-guardians

I can’t wait for these fans to get to see the movie.  They’re going to LOVE IT.

Megamind Reel

It’s time for another roundup of the work I completed on our latest film.  The animation team on Megamind was spectacular, I had the great fortune to be a part of it.  Not only did they teach me tons but they gave me great opportunities and challenged me.  A lot.  These shots were hard.  But at the same time very rewarding and incredibly fun.

Character Animation Reel – Megamind from Jacob Gardner on Vimeo.