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Behemoth Animation Process Video

Hi!  I just published what could only be described as the most boring video on the internet.  Its a 12 minute long recording of me animating for 4 days.

I had two reasons for making this video:

1. Test out some recording software.

2. Create a process video of my workflow for anyone who might be interested.

The recording software I used is called FFSplit.  Get it here for free–> www.ffsplit.com

FFSplit is a great program.  Its light weight and very customizable.  It didn’t impact my work and a lot of the time I forgot it was even running.

Its not the most amazing piece of animation, but I recommend recording yourself animating some time because its really cool to look back and see how it starts as a static model and how over time it slowly comes to life.

Thanks for checking it out and let me know if you have any questions.

Dave


Evolve Animation + Game Dev Reel!

Here’s my Evolve reel and my attempt at trying to summarize the past 4 years of work.  Got it down to 11.5 minutes…yeeesh.  Hope you like it!

(watch on vimeo for best quality)

 

I’ve also been trying out other ways to present animation through social media, here are some vines and instagram videos I’ve made:

(click to view outside the blog if they’re not playing correctly)

Daisy Parachute Vine

Kraken E3 Vine

Close up of Daisy's menu idle animation. #animation #gamedev #cute #loop

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Evolve

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After leaving Sony in 2011, I had made up my mind that I wanted to try something new.  I put some feelers out there and had two offers that I was seriously considering:

1. Blizzard

and

2. Turtle Rock

To make a long story short it all came down to the same thing that has driven me for the past 10 years.  I don’t want to work at the biggest best and most bad-ass place.  I want to work at the place that I can help BECOME the biggest best and most bad-ass place.  Sure I’d love to work at Blizzard…if it was 1994.  Or Pixar, if it was on Toy Story 1.  Working at those places now feels like the “safe” option and I’m not ready for safe.

So I took a chance and signed on at Turtle Rock.  During the interview I was pitched the entire idea for Evolve.  I was shown all of the art and even saw the game in action (almost 3 years ago!)  I knew this was it, the scope of the game: insane and the work that needed to be done: impossible, but I couldn’t wait to start.  And now after almost 3 years one thing is for sure: games are hard.  Way harder then film.  Games are our generation’s film and its a young industry with so many surprises up its sleeves.

I urge anyone that’s stuck in a rut at a VFX house or Animation studio to seriously look into up and coming game studios.  There’s so much to learn and so much challenging work to be done.  No animator should feel that they need to uproot their lives, their families, to move across the world whenever their employer smells better tax subsidies.  Screw them and go make a fun video game.

Game Informer Cover

So the first time the world ever saw anything about Evolve was our Game Informer cover.  What an honor this was and the entire studio was so pumped by this opportunity.  GI came to the studio and spent several days with us in early December 2013.  They played Evolve, asked a bunch of questions, and then asked if they could play more.  🙂  We had a great time and right now on their site for the entire month of January they have exclusive news and images from their visit.

Evolve Cover Reveal

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I can’t talk too much about anything just yet for various reasons, but I’d be curious to know if people realize that the cover was created in engine using entirely in-game assets.  Now we wouldn’t go make a magazine cover without a little touch up, but except for the red planets, bright white lights, and some tongue touch up, these images are 100% in-game.

I’ll prove this to you at a later date when I can show screen shots of these poses in cryengine.  My point is that games are where its at.

In the future I plan to go into crazy nerdy detail about creating Goliath, the Hunters, and other things I can’t talk about yet!

Now I need to get back to work…even though its 9:30pm on a Sunday I have monsters to animate!

Dave