Posted tagged ‘Animation Mentor’

CG Con Tomorrow!

July 17, 2009

About to get to bed because I have to wake up early. I need to wake up bright and early, and get my ass to the LA Convention center before 8:30am to attend CG Con.

I’ve never been before (obviously), and I’m really looking forward to it. I signed up to take some digital animation classes taught by some industry animators, most of which are also mentor’s at Animation Mentor 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get the chance to talk to at least one of them and ask them about the program. As far as I can tell, it is pretty highly thought of among the industry. Some still are in the view that you need a traditional art college education for it, while others praise the concentration on only character animation and love the results they produce.

Anyways, should be going now. Need my sleep!



June 14, 2009

There I go again, ignoring the blog for a couple of weeks. Don’t worry I have a good excuse though!

Ok maybe it’s not that good. So what happened was that I went and saw “Up” in 3D the day it opened in theaters. I was pretty blown away by the movie and was meaning to blog about it. But then I got lazy, and decided that I would do it after I saw the movie during the next weekend with my friend. We ended up not seeing it until today though, so now I’m finally here.

Unfortunately I don’t actually have that much to say about the movie. I’ve never written a review before, and there are tons more out there to read, so on the off chance you haven’t seen the movie yet (if you haven’t, go NOW), or read a review, I’ll just say this. Brilliant. Pixar movies always seem to improve upon themselves on multiple viewings. At least for me anyways. You get a chance for your eyes to wander the screen a bit more, and you often find some deeper meanings in the story than you saw before. As always, the animation is superb and the visuals are astonishing. With the previews for the next Ice Age movie, and a couple other CG animated movies, you really can tell that Pixar is above and beyond the look of their competition. But that is enough gushing for now.

I have also recently upgraded my computer. Previously I was running a 6 year old desktop, and supported by 4 year old G4 Powerbook, and my netbook. Neither of those machines are particularly good in the power department and hard drive space was dwindling (except on the netbook….500gbs in that sucker hehe).

I build a machine with a nice 2.33ghz Intel Core 2 Quad, a good helping of ram, a smattering of video card, and a large dose of 1tb hard drive, all in a smaller HTPC sized case. I mainly built the machine to run Maya for when I hopefully get into Animation Mentor in September. But for now, alongside trying out Maya, I’m using it to store all my media and for light gaming. And by light gaming, I mean games that are at least 4 years old.

So that’s enough incoherent rambling for now. Hopefully my next update will actually have some good content. Peace.