Yar! So here it is, my final semester animation. I wish computers were friendlier with me while they rendered these things. Damn things crash to much. Dammit.
Sometime soon: my animation VHS footage.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Just doing some quick run cycle tests for my film character. It's hard animating a run in this perspective! Had to kinda lay out a stencil beneath the rough and so forth. Still needs some work.
I'm really much more comfortable animating on paper. But in the meanwhile away from school, I'll do tests in flash. Here was my process:
Posted by Carlos Romero at 11:11 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Calarts is an animation boot camp. Period. You're picked up, thrown to the ground, and just when you're trying to get up, you're suddenly hanging upside down trying to juggle pianos with on arm behind you're back. Metaphorically speaking of course. Or somethings.
Um.. sorry, what I meant to say is.. it was a freaking huge ton of work. But I loved it all! It was an experience like no other. You're pushing yourself to do better, and others are pushing you. The talent pool here is insane, and it really humbles you, but the drive to improve is increased too. Say goodbye to your bed, sleep, and even daily showers, because the Character Animation program at Calarts will drag you through the rocks and back. You'll never work harder in you're life. But in all, it's an experience I wouldn't trade for anything. I already miss the school.
And that's my summery of Semester 1. Bring it on Semester 2!!
I wish I had more of my work scanned to post... but yeah, the flight back for break left little time to do much. Anyway, here are some old perspective assignments. Stay tuned for my Animation Semester Final Assignment thing. And my reel perhaps.
I think I'm set for my film idea, and after extended feedback from classmates and teachers, I think I'll be able to refine the story and boards by the end of the break. Hopefully I can begin animation by January. You'll be seeing a lot more of Leonardo soon.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 1:09 AM
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well usually I don't post because I'm really forgetful or enslaved with work, but this time it's because of an entirely different reason. In a nutshell, medical reasons threw me into the hospital for exactly two weeks, and amongst the post release, recovery and catching up with school work there just hasn't been time to keep up posting. But in time I should have a lot more content to post. I hate that I missed two weeks, but I'm totally better now and happy to be in full swing back at Calarts.
And of course the lockdown! It's been Calarts tradition for the past 5 years or so to hold an event called the 48-hour lockdown. Here you have 48 hours animate a short film. On the eve of the lockdown there's a drawing of a word from a hat that reveals the lockdown's topic. This year's word was "hair", and you guessed it, you need to animate up some hair. Actually you can pretty much do whatever you want, as long as hair appears in a frame of the film.
The drawing was the week I was let out of the hospital, and being the nut that I am with all my backed up homework, I did the film anyway. I'm happy to say it's finished and awaiting to premiere with some other hilarious stuff this Saturday. I'll post it here after the Lockdown show.
Here's a preview still:
Stay tuned for the upload this weekend. STAY TUNED DAMMIT!!!!
Posted by Carlos Romero at 11:37 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Off to a shaky start after a long break from life drawing... Need to get better. We have awesome models here. They put the ones you find normally to shame. Anyway, here are the drawings I didn't hate.
If they look kind of janky, it was because they had to be pieced together from the scan. All are 15-20 mins.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 5:59 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Although free time is really short, and homework is quickly piling up.
|FC100A02||BEGINNING ANIMATION||Nguyen, Mike||1.50||T 7pm to 10pm||PALACE|
|FC101A02||BEGINNING CGI ANIMATION||Aquino, John||1.50||Th 7pm to 10pm||A108|
|FC105A02||INTRO TO DIGITAL PRODUCTION||Lebow, David||1.00||T 9am to 12 Noon||A108|
|FC110A||BEGINNING LIFE DRAWING||Mitchell, Michael||3.00||Th 9am to 4pm||PALACE|
|FC115A02||BASIC PERSPECTIVE||Hansen, Dan||2.00||M 9am to 12 Noon||PALACE|
|FC140-02||COLOR AND DESIGN I||Hobaica, Leo||2.00||T 1pm to 4pm||PALACE|
|FC155A02||BEGINNING STORY DEVELOPMENT||Lee, Chong||2.00||W 7pm to 10pm||PALACE|
|FC371-02||STORY FOR ANIMATORS II (SOPHOMORES)||Meeks, Chris||2.00||F 1pm to 3pm||A221O|
Posted by Carlos Romero at 7:36 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
For me, it was tough to search the web for solid info on how to make a portfolio. Especially one as ambitious as a Calarts portfolio. So alongside finally uploading my atrocious work online, I tried to write a thorough guide to provide as much info as possible on this endeavor. It has almost all the useful information I can recall learning from others, students, teachers, and myself in my tribulation in creating my first portfolio.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 6:18 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I said I’d update this blog, I yet I haven’t. That... makes me a liar. Or lazy.
^I’m good at this.
Ok, so maybe it’s harder to consistently update these blog things than I thought. But anyway, yes, I’m asleep at the wheel.
BUT! There have been exciting developments! For one, Calarts has finally blessed me with my hideous portfolio back.
^It’s back! And yes, It flew me home.
A little late, but everything’s intact, blood, tears and all. And, as promised I will post the entirety of my portfolio’s contents online, probably on a separate blog link. I know how useful it is for those looking to apply to Calarts to look at other’s work as a point of reference, so within the week it shall be uploaded. But personally, although it got me accepted, I’m still not totally happy with my portfolio. Looking back on some of it is cringe worthy in areas. Perhaps I’m being my worst critic, but I have so many areas to improve on it’s overwhelming. But ehhh. Enough of that.
Looking at the calendar reminds me: It’s freaking August already. Like, Jesus. Where has the time gone. I’m really leaving my hometown, my family, and everyone I know in a month. It’s a massive pool of anxiety and excitement for the future. But I’m not here to spread my angst, no, none of you want that. Instead, look for a portfolio post very soon.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 9:21 PM
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Got this for my birthday a few weeks ago. Seemed fitting. Might need to sell the black beast beside it if I don't have enough money soon though.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 6:17 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I still can't really believe it, but somehow, I GOT IN, I was accepted to Calarts!!!
Posted by Carlos Romero at 5:38 PM
Monday, January 7, 2008
After a ton of deliberation, I decided that it was in my best interest to make my animation submission completely hand-drawn. Although I did put the individual frames together using flash, I really wanted to stick to traditional hands-on-paper animation. It was really labourous as an at-home project *especially the watercolor*, but well worth the effort. I learned a lot.
So there you go, two home-made traditionally animated films, just like mom used to make! I wish I hadn't included the first on the DVD, but at least I tried a different approach.
What a shame I've been unable to update for so long, but spare time has become pretty hard to come by as of late. But I'll try to summarize my experience of putting together my portfolio up to this point.
For one, I wish I had found out about the school a lot earlier. I found out about it in mid-April I believe, but unfortunately that was far too late to apply for CSSSA, which would have really helped I think. And to have more time to put together a portfolio would have been great too, but seeing as I had the little time I did, I focused the remaining months into life-drawing. That early in the game I had no clue as to what I was going to include in my portfolio. I really wanted to make an animation to include, but I didn't want to do it in flash in favor for a more traditional approach. How I would get that together I had no idea, but that would only be supplement stuff for later if I had time.
I was also battling the idea of which deadline to send to, early or regular. On one hand, early is cheaper and you have fresher eyes to look at your work, and on the other, the late deadline allows for your absolute best and latest work to be submitted. I decided to aim for the early deadline, and if I wasn't fit to send, I'd postpone until mid-December. So Summer approached and I worked as hard as I could to get my act together for my portfolio. So many classes, so many late nights, so many new approaches, so many challenges, but all in all it was a great summer to draw!
The deadline always seemed to be breathing behind my neck, but when school started, the pressure really started to kick in. The November deadline seemed closer than ever and I didn't have nearly the amount of portfolio pieces I wanted, nor did it look like I was going to get an animation off the ground. In early November though, I was blessed with the chance to visit the school to meet students teachers and make it just in time for the Pixar lecture. Plus I got to meet a ton of Animated Buzz posters in addition to some Calartian Bloggers. An unforgettable, inspiring three-day weekend that I can't thank my parents enough for. I got some good pieces for my portfolio from that visit, and the inspiration to really tackle my ambition to include an animation.
So I took a couple of days off from school to really make sure my portfolio was ready (plus getting a flash-format animation into video form was harder than you could believe, at least for me..) Thankfully it worked out just in time.
The week before handing in the portfolio was pure hell though. I'm really indecisive, and I was so split on what to include, in what order, what to throw out, including too much or too little... it was a hectic 8 days~ Luckily fiddlinartist at the animated buzz forums was at hand at the last minute in the forums to help me out, thanks again!
The trip to the mail office was so nerve-wracking. I couldn't stop thinking how this was really it, I was actually sending off my portfolio. The week waiting for it to arrive to Calarts was also stressful, God forbid it got lost in the mail... It arrived on the 29th safe and sound, and then the waiting began... and continues...
Although I worked very hard on the portfolio, I can't say I would have left it without changes. I wish I could have taken out some things among other alterations, but for now, I'll have to wait and see. Regardless of what happens, I'm ramping up for my 2008 portfolio, ready to double my efforts for this incoming year. After sending it in, I did take a month-long break, but now all focus is on seeing what I can do to improve.
Posted by Carlos Romero at 1:57 PM