Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You think too much & feel too little!

Probably the greatest speech ever by Charlie Chaplin presented with a blend of visual documentary. The speech is a part from one of Chaplin's greatest movie ever "The Great Dictator" where he played a dual role of Hitler as "Hynkel" and a poor barber!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

VIKING RIGG ~ Alex Angelis

Yet another very beautiful and neat rigging reel for a lovely character design. Alex is a self taught rigger and he mentioned in his comments that it took about a month of his free time to create this rig! I really enjoyed how he have setup-ed simple looking, flexible finger and foot controllers. The real neat job was done on the facial with Osipa style joystick controller UI and a layered secondary on mesh "sticky controllers". Nice job ... worth a watch :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tejo 360 Turntable!

Here is a 360 degree modeling turntable video of "Tejo", the muscular creature for my Muscle Setup workshop! I had to work out a nice topology and edge flow maintaining the muscular anatomical volume of the character. Let's see what this beast is up to with all those brute muscle! Gonna be FUN ;)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Troll Hunter VFX

Some video demos of "Troll Hunter VFX" work that I really liked and wanted to share. Outstanding job done to bring out the hyper-realism for the character!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hephaestus Animated Short Film Work "WIP"

Directed by Alexander Curtis and produced by Joshua Brock and Paige Day, comes an animated short that I luckily got to work on as a Character Rigger. I did rigging for Kaylee's hair and goggles with the supervision of my good friend, Jonas Avrin. Kaylee is (one of the) lead character for the short! Stay tuned folks, the movie should be out and public in a few months time. Till then feel free to watch and share the reel below. You can find out some cool color renders of the film in Alexander's animation demo reel :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Facial Motion Capture R&D

Hi there everyone! It's been a little while since I blogged something about myself ;)

Here is a little R&D video of facial MoCap animation. I really wanted to do a MoCap animation for a long time, specially from the moment I watched "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" movie in the theatre (was an awesome movie). The MoCap animation demonstrated in this video is optics based. I used my mobile phones video camera to record the facial expression footage. Facial markers or stickers used for tracking process were glued to my "skinny" face :D

Anyways ... a little bit of research work that I did during my weekend! Hope you guys like it :)

P.S. The idea, tips and techniques applied in this video is a part of my online rigging workshop for Motion Capture Facial Setup!

More Info : http://puppeteerlounge.com/

Really interesting read blogged by Jonas : http://www.jonasavrin.com/2011/08/16/indie-facial-performance-capture-rd/

Friday, August 12, 2011

Character Development and Rigging for Facial Animation Part 1

Really neat tips and tricks demo on layered joint based facial rigging by a good friend of mine, Mr. Jonas Avrin!

"This demo illustrates the steps taken to develop a character from concept sketches to finished facial rig in a simplified format.  This is an actual rig I developed with the use of proprietary rigging tools in Maya utilized daily at work so I’m not going to demo those tools.  However, future installments will incorporate the use of tools that I have written and that you can use to aide the building of complex facial rigs such as this, and include overviews of more advanced rigging techniques.  I would also like to break the process down into chunks to really go into more detail about things you should be thinking about if you are trying to rig a face.  This is an ongoing process so stay tuned, I have lot’s of useful tips to share."

Worth watching ... more parts coming.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tim Ridgarde Showreel

Nice rigging reel showing rigs and tools used on James Bond: Blood Stone game by Tim Ridgarde.


This is beautifully brilliant! Story is well played with sketch & color.

Friday, August 5, 2011


This is by far one of the best and spectacular stop motion animation I have seen :)
The film has broken a world record for the 'largest stop-motion animation set', with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ormie "The Pig"

This is Super Funny & Cute at the same time! I really enjoyed the animation which is superbly crafted, acted and yet is pretty experimental :D

More Info!

Unleash Your Fingers

Really awesome Tutting and VFX commercial for the latest Samsung Galaxy SII. I got one of these a week earlier :D