Dedicated.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle springtime rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifing rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there;
I did not die.

How could I forget this…

During my 3D animation class, our professor explained to us in detail how paperman was made. I cannot explain how super awesome it is. The idea alone is marvelous, using the 3D environment and the movement of the camera, then try such an excelent trick to give the illusion of 2D and the brushes for the handmade effect. Truly, one of the best animation shorts I have ever seen. It’s too bad Disney decided to take it off the internet, I would love to be able to share it here with you guys. I guess we have to make do with the making of.

An excelent use of aesthetics and design, Disney is back and reminds us why it will always be in our hearts and the king in the animation industry. I am not complaining at all.

Oh why

So, an other semester comes to an end in less than a month. I truly believe this was the most tyring, exciting and at the same time challenging so far. I finaly had my first animation class (aside from storyboard last semester) and I think that now I am even more animation crazy than I was before. Since my college is actually for graphic design I guess I should be grateful that I at least have some cinema related classes. I wish I could have more. On the other hand, now that I know the how-to, I will tire my hand of sketching rabbit and toads running and jumping all summer.

To all of you out there who think they would like to become animators: best of luck guys. It’s a lot better than you think, trust me! it will drive you out of your mind, make you want to curse, scream, cry and laugh, sometimes all together on the same day. But in the end,when you get to the montage and you see that first little character moving, to me, it was the most amazing feeling of creativity gone finally right.

Morphing

Due to the impending end of my animation class for this year, I was scanning the internet for some incredible main excercises like morphing, walk cycle etc. This was one of the most amazing ones I found. I mean, this guy is awesome. You’ve got excelent morphing and timing, excelent combination of the movement with the background music, not to mention the dreamy theme. So much in such a little time. Well done!

Morphing excercise, made by Jozo Malacky. Traditional animation with paper and pencil.

Showreel 2012

A compilation of work done by Michel Seretis for the MA Digital Effects course in Bournemouth.

Software used : Houdini, Nuke, Photoshop, Premiere pro
music : Vodka Juniors, “Endless Roads”

Best of luck to Michel for his participation in cgstudentawards. If any of you want to vote for Michel go here http://www.cgstudentawards.com/2013-entries/651-michel-seretis

Belly

This one was a little too depressing for me and a little difficult to follow. Nontheless, it was spectacular in it’s deliberated weirdness, with truly deep meanings and of course excelent visual result.

This short movie was made almost entirely on paper with some live-action video elements.

Director: JULIA POTT
Production: ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
Animation: JULIA POTT