Mike Bell: The Story of Simon, his cat and an internet success.

Producer and animator Mike Bell spoke at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts yesterday as part of the Ulster Festival of Art & Design. Mike is one of the driving forces behind the phenomenon that is Simon’s Cat, which for those (seemingly few) who don’t know is a low-fi black and white cartoon about the misadventures of…

3D: New work, Target Practice (still in progress)

I thought I’d share what I’ve been working on this last while, as I’ve been lying lower than Elvis in order to work on it. Its (clearly) not finished but I wanted to share it for a couple of reasons. One, to get it “out there”. Next, to get some feedback on where I’m at…

3D: Pre-viz footage of “Target Practice”

I was reluctant to post the progress of this because – as you’ll see, its Pre-viz, meaning basically that it looks rough. Pre-viz footage can be pretty raw, the CG isn’t rendered (ie; no shiny metal robot) no post production, no sound….but its put together to help me visualise the timing. From here I can…

Maya’s Graph Editor: Ninja Knowledge

As anyone who animates in Maya knows, all the juicy stuff happens in the Graph Editor. The Graph Editor is an awesome tool for getting the very best you can from your animation, so it makes sense to utilise it as much as you can. There are a few simple expressions that can be entered…

Making animated short, Target Practice: part 1

One of my recent projects is a short animation called Target Practice. Its about a toy robot going for a stroll in his keeper’s bedroom when he’s suddenly set upon by a gang of menacing cardboard bad-guys. He uses his quick draw skills to gun them down, until one shot is misplaced… The idea came…