Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Update

Hello there! It's been a while since I wrote on this blog last, so here's what I've been up to.

Flix Facilities
On October 2015, I was asked if I wanted to do some freelance animation/design work for a company called Flix Facilities. 
I said yes and was set to work there for a month, but I managed to extend my contract to three.
Whilst there, I helped create and edit some animation pieces for television programmes e.g. Mr Maker and Postman Pat. 
I learned so much, like seeing how green screen effects help special effects work. Ever since then, I have applied this knowledge and the like to my portfolio work.


Flix's Facilitiy
The team at Flix are one of the loveliest and funniest groups of people I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I hope to work with them again in the near future. I truly had the best time working there!

After my contract ended, I had some free time to
brush up on my skills and update the portfolio. I also wanted to explore a programme I bought with my earnings, Toon Boom Harmony 12 .
I've heard great things about it, studios in the UK are recognizing the potential it offers to creatives.


The Book Of Life: Credits
Shortly after Christmas, I added some more animation work to my 'Book of Life' project. It's still quite time consuming to make the characters and animate them, but using Duik's (third party plugin for After Effects) latest update has helped the process quicken.
The video below should help give you an idea of what it should look like once it is complete:




I've been keeping Jorge R. Gutierrez, the creator of the original film updated on my side project too.


Toon Boom Harmony
For the past few months, I've been learning how to use Toon Boom Harmony, as I really love 2D animation and want to see what it can offer the animator, like 3D effects.
For my first project, I decided to create a character suitable for a kids programme, something along the lines of preschool, like 'Dora The Explorer'. 
So I created 'Mei The Mermaid'. The idea is that she and her companions would teach young children about the sea, it's creatures and perhaps intergrate some maths and english within the 'episode/promo'. It's still something in development, but I wanted to see how I could assemble her character and a background in Toon Boom. 

Mei being rigged in Toon Boom Harmony
Mei's character design, rigged and ready



I found it surprisingly quick to pick up, much more so than Flash or Animate as its now called. 
The interface and functionality of Toon Boom Harmony is pretty easy once you know where everything is. There is still so much more I need to learn about this programme, but it's a promising start.

APS Events & Media
A few months ago, I went to a job interview for an animation role with APS Events & Media.
Unfortunately I didn't get the position, but as part of the process, I had to animate the company's logo.
The video below was my submission.

 

I met the directors of APS, showed them my work and told them of my experience and skillset.
They were both great to talk to, very down to earth and a great sense of humour.
I managed to get feedback some time after my interview, and was told:
  • They were very impressed with me at the interview.
  • I was one of two candidates they really liked and debated for the role.
  • Think I would be a great edition to the team.
 I think one of the things that let me down at the time was not having a lot of experience in Premiere, or having a strong example of it in my portfolio.
But I have been rectifying this by studying the programme. I'm hoping to feature an example of my learned skills from this software in my portfolio soon.

Can't wait to get started on the next project!

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