Well it looks like it’s time for my yearly blog update! Yes.. I do need to update this more! Things have been quite busy and a lot has happened since my last update. Over the past year I have finished off my contract work with Mark Soo on the “Koons on Ice” project, worked on couple projects with my friend Simon’s company Sideview Studios, first on a team project setting up a display floor in 3D of the upcoming Westbank “Vancouver House” project, creating the models and textures for the render and secondly animated the rabbit mascot for an Italian Train company “Italo Treno”, in which I brushed up on my 3D Max knowledge for.
The exciting project I am currently working on since November is for Disney on the fourth season of the T.V. series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” at Bardel Entertainment, a company I had my eye on for quite awhile. I started off in the Production side which has given me the opportunity to see the entire creative process of producing a television show of such complexity in a short time frame. From the team leads discussing the Leicas we receive, to the organization of a huge team of 80+ artists to the discussions with the client, there is a lot probem-solving needed and continuous process improvement due to the inherent nature of this type of work. Currently this month I am very pleased to have started a CG Animation and Rendering role. Even though the show is primarily created as a Toon Boom Harmony 2D Animated show there’s still a lot of elements which are rendered in Maya with a Toon Shader to match the look, from the pirate ships to the vehicles to complex characters and machinery. I find it interesting how this project ties into the style my film short, which combined 2D elements of animation and backgrounds in a similar way to the 3D. Looking forward to this upcoming year of work, working on a project that, I must say, looks fantastic so far and with a phenomenal group of talented people!