ANIMATION REEL, 2006
Running time: 1:45
Produced by Louis Spirito
In 2006, I studied character animation via an online school called Animation Mentor, completing two courses that focused on core fundamentals. The goal was to increase my skill set and to learn something new that would push me creatively. My teachers were highly respected and talented professionals: Charles Alleneck, from Industrial Light and Magic, and Pixar’s Victor Navone.
What I learned changed my approach to visual story telling in unexpected ways. It is difficult to articulate, but by studying the physics of motion and understanding the importance of ‘the pose’, I now approach the scene in the viewfinder of my camera in a different way — not just looking and waiting for the shot, but anticipating what might happen next.
From a graphics point of view, it reinforced the importance of planning, sketching and documenting visual source material, skills that can sometimes slip under the pressure of daily newsroom deadlines.
The practical knowledge I gained illustrates the immense significance of lifelong learning: that valuable lessons and influence can come from unexpected places and experiences.
Maya, Sketch, Quicktime Pro.
© 2006 Louis J. Spirito