I’m still here!

Wow, its been a year and what a year its been.  I left Sony Imageworks in the spring of 2011(miss the people, not the politics) and found a kickass studio down in Orange County.  I can’t say what exactly I’m doing down at Turtle Rock, but trust me….its awesome.  I’m working in 3ds Max and the game engine we’re using is Cryengine 3.  Thats about all I can say, but the job is perfect.  Its just the right mix of creative and technical, I figured out Max in about 3 weeks and now I’m rigging and animating like a maniac.

I plan to post an updated reel soon, and do some posts about film vs. games.  What I can definitely say right now is that in film its about YOUR shot.  Do people laugh when they watch YOUR shot, are people impressed by YOUR shot, is YOUR shot the best shot in a sequence?  At Turtle Rock (won’t speak for all game companies, because this place is one of a kind) its about the game.  You have your parts that go into it, but if the game isn’t fun or satisfying for the player it doesn’t matter if you just animated the next coming of Jesus.  Now its about the project, its about the team, its about working hard to collectively create something people will want to play.  Never got this feeling from film.

I’ll be back soon, life’s a bit crazy, but I have some new animations from last year that I’d like to upload and share.

Hey 2012, lets do this.

Dave


Blog Stats for 2010

Wordpress sent me an email the other day with all this info attached.  Its pretty interesting to see the numbers.  I’m planning more animation focused posts again soon, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about leave a comment, it would really help me focus on what is most important to you guys.  Maybe you would like to read a post about lipsync?  or physical animation?  Or how to start a shot?  Or maybe you have questions about the industry?  Feel free to ask away.

Also, Red Fog reached its goal and will become a real life comic book!  Thanks to everyone who helped Chris and Mike get the chance to make their dream a reality.

Happy New Year!

Dave

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 5 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 24 posts. There were 31 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 18th with 192 views. The most popular post that day was Cloudy With A Chance Of Eyeballs..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were tvtropes.org, animatorsresource.blogspot.com, cartoonbrew.com, animatorwork.blogspot.com, and arcreferencepage.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for baby brent, david anthony gibson, cloudy with a chance of meatballs animation workflow blog, head shapes, and gummy bears.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Cloudy With A Chance Of Eyeballs. September 2009
44 comments

2

Cloudy Animation…now with more Meatballs. October 2009
36 comments

3

Baby Brent’s, Baby Brent July 2009

4

Cloudy Animation Reel! October 2009
4 comments

5

Room 1403 Blog! September 2009
2 comments


Red Fog

Do you like Zombies?  Sure you do, how about graphic novels and supporting independent artists?  I knew it.

Red Fog is a graphic novel developed by a good friend and colleague of mine, Chris Williams.  He’s teamed up with artist Mike Docherty and editor D.J. Kirkbride to create an awesome 150 page book filled with “Allied soldiers battling tons of zombies.” Need I saw more?

Together Chris and Mike bring a wealth of combined film and comic book experience.  Chris has an extensive resume of major Hollywood films including the Spider-Man Trilogy and most recently Alice In Wonderland.  Mike brings over 30 years of comic book and storyboarding experience, working for many amazing companies including Marvel, Warner Bros, and Sony.

Chris is using a service called Kickstarter to help raise the funds needed to complete the project.  Its a pretty cool idea, you pledge to donate a certain amount from $20 to $500+.  And with each set increment you get cool stuff in return.  So as an example: if you pledge to give the project $40 you’ll receive a printed copy of “RED FOG” signed by the creators with your name included in the acknowledgments.  Seems pretty awesome, you get a book full of cool artwork signed by the artists and your name is printed as being part of the reason it even exists!

Now if you’re still on the fence about this Chris has given me the go ahead to release a handful of exclusive, hi-res images to wet your zombie appetite for human flesh!

Check out the gallery for ultra high resolution (new desktop wallpaper for sure) images:

ALL IMAGES AND CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2010 C.Williams/M.Docherty

If you want to be a part of this project and help Chris make this book a reality then head on over to the Red Fog Kickstarter page and pledge your support!

Kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1623839531/red-fog-nazi-zombie-graphic-novel

Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Red-Fog/135727629785128

I’ll be back soon with some new animation type stuff to talk about.  I’ve been working on a fight animation, wanted to use it as an opportunity to talk about planning from thumbnails to finished animation.  I’ll post something soon!

-Dave


I’ve got nothing, but these guys have something…

Seems like to have a blog you must start every post with an apology about how you’re not posting enough.  Well, no apologies from me…I’ve been way too busy.  Just to keep you coming back…I got a new laptop and have started moving towards actually creating some of my own animated ideas.  Been playing with pixel animation, traditional, and boring old cg.  I’ll post some stuff as soon as I make something remotely interesting.

I do have some blogs to pass along while I’m here:

All of these guys are animators/supervisors at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, CA.  Most recently completing work on Eclipse and Cat & Dogs 2.  I’ve added their links over on the sidebar so in the future you can keep checking them out.

Jim Brown

http://jbr0wn6.blogspot.com/

Geoff Wheeler

http://geoffwheeleranimation.blogspot.com/

William Groebe

http://williamgroebe.blogspot.com/

Tom Gibbons

http://gibbysdowntime.blogspot.com/


Anim-Mates Free-For-All Challenge

Hello internets.  I came across this contest yesterday and wanted to share it with as many people as possible.  The greatest thing about it is, you have a month to animate: ANYTHING YOU WANT.  ANYTHING.  and then win money!  Why are you still reading this, click here:

I signed up and downloaded a couple rigs, and these characters are solid.  I highly recommend checking this out, even if you don’t have time to do the contest take some time over the next month and play with the rigs and tools.  These are professional level and worth a look.

I’m going to try and throw my hat in the ring for this contest.  Not sure yet what I’ll do, but if it ends up being halfway decent I’ll post it.  And if I win an iPad, sweet!

Link to the Anim-Mates main page: Animationrigs.com

Link to the contest page:  animationrigs.com/contest/

-Dave


oh hey, I have a blog…

Hello legions of internet followers! Here’s a grab bag of stuff to satisfy your hunger for all things awesome and keep you busy until I can post about the movie I’m currently working on.

Two good animator friends have recently arrived in Japan to animate for about 6 weeks on a project I cannot say anything about. Melissa Hawkins and Emily Rule seem to be working hard and having a good time, or at the very least trying every weird snack they can get their hands on. Watch as they explore Tokyo, eat food, and buy cute things!

http://morboispleased.wordpress.com/

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I received a few comments about people liking my dumb drawings, so for the 3 people out there that actually care I’ve scanned some of my recent doodles for your viewing pleasure.

(I didn’t watermark or alter these images, if you use them for anything or share them, please give me credit. If I find these on a t-shirt or something without my permission, I will hunt you down and make you eat said t-shirt.)

All images, copyright David Gibson 2010

Hope everyone is having an amazing 2010 so far! Look for updates about Arthur Christmas coming soon!

Dave


Happy New Year!

This past week marks the return to work and normalcy.  Putting the final touches on a new Cloudy/Sony Bravia commercial that should be out in early February.  I’ll be sure to post the spot when its released.

I hope everyone picked up a copy of Cloudy on DVD!  Be sure to get the 2-disc edition, the single disc doesn’t have any of the extra goodness and you have to see the original twister fight scene.

I don’t have anything new to post so I’m going to plug a friend’s blog:

http://boginkasbasket.blogspot.com/

Anna makes amazing homemade crafts of supreme awesomeness.  From making your own stamps to cinnamon pinwheels, there’s something here for everyone.  Enjoy!

-David