Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I just really wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for following my blog and finally allowing me to hit 5000 hits!

It may have taken me 3 long crazy years to even get here, but I made it. WE made it! Furthermore, while my blog might not be the coolest, most interesting, or by any means "the best" out there (as exemplified by the previous statement), I'm just so happy that you're all coming back and looking at my work from time to time, watching my shy little film evolve.

Thank you for sticking with me
Thank you for growing with me
Thank you for supporting me.

This film means so much to me, and while it may be a couple of years yet to its completion...

when Arrival is done it will be for you.

(you will be seeing these images again in the near future, unmasked and a little more confident)

Monday, June 20, 2011

city sunrise

I have often said that I would start doing more concept art for the city scenes in Arrival

Now, while this is true... DAMN SCENES IS HARD! :(
I've been looking at a lot of art work of cityscapes and I've decided that this will be my new main focus. SO, without further ado, here is the first one!

Oh dear lord it's so awful, but I was trying to focus on the lighting and color schemes, since I'm not entirely sure what kind of palette I wanted this particular section of the film to have (excuse). In the shot's defense... it looks pretty good as a thumbnail!

..... Small steps. Small steps.

perfect future

"...in a perfect future, I would lucky to be with you again, forever."

just a quick sketch before I hit the gym

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

color split

Again I'm just playing around with the colors here. Trying to better understand how colors might change depending on what kind of objects the light has to pass through (in this case a pink veil). I'm also, once again, just trying to figure out the logistics of field depth. It's hard! I found if you blur the wrong areas it can look like you're looking at something really really tiny, like a miniature set. I still have a lot to learn but these exercises are definitely helping. What do you think? :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

sketchbook tear

Just a little checklist I made for myself; It's been sitting above my computer for some time now. I have so much to learn about animation (and everything else), and I hope sharing this little reminder inspires you to learn more everyday! :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

beyond the veil

Wow, realized I hadn't done a new post in WAY too long. Thought I'd whip something up quickly for you all. I've been thinking about the cinematography of my film a bit more, recently. I finished the rough storyboards, but it's looking pretty plain so I've been looking at a number of music videos for some inspiration. A lot of really simple music videos have some great cinematography and lighting so I've been trying to study the depths of field: Where is the focus? Where are the shadows? What kind of forms and compositions do they make? Where do the shadows look LEAST appealing?

Now, whether or not these questions have been answered through this one sketch is subjective haha, but it was definitely a good learning experience. I learned what kind of colors make the picture look hokey and what colors make it look muddy. I really want my film to look as though it's been shot in real life, and hopefully this was a good step forward!