Sunday, February 11, 2007


Hey guys. I just watched one of the most beautiful clips of 3d animation that I've ever seen.

I originally didn't want to see Rapunzel Unbraided because I don't care too much for princesses, but that clip has completely changed my mind. The movie can be as girly as it wants to be as long as it has the same high quality animation that the clip does! Whoever animated that shot truly is a master animator. Rapunzel feels more alive in that shot than any other cg character I've seen thus far. I've watched that clip at least ten times trying to absorb as much information as I can from it. One thing I noticed early on is the fact that she actually breathes. From what I hear, a lot of animators forget/don't think to actually make their characters breathe even though it can take their work to a whole new level of life. I know I'm going to try to incorporate that into my short and as much of my future shots as possible.

This clip only emphasizes what one of the Pixar recruiters said when asked why it was so hard to find good animators. She said there are lots of animators who are good at mechanics but few who are really good at acting. Performance is key in feature animation and the performance in the Rapunzel shot is spot on. Everything she does is clear and very sincere. Right now I can only dream of creating animation of that caliber, but watching that clip has pushed me to work harder at creating better performances in my shots.

At times, it upsets me that my work isn't anywhere near as good as that clip or any other feature animation for that matter. I laugh at myself for thinking I can get an internship at Disney, Dreamworks or Pixar when I see shots like this. There's no way I'll be that good any time soon. Then again, I've only been animating seriously for about a year and four months so who knows where I'll be when I graduate from SCAD...


anthea said...

Stick with it! I think your animations are great. The people you are comparing yourself have had years maybe even decades of experience, so don't get down on yourself.

Jocelyn Cofer said...

Thanks Anthea! It's awesome to hear from you, as always. Thanks a ton for your encouragement and your compliment, that really means a lot to me. :D Lol, I hope I'll be that good once I have decades of animation experience. You're so lucky to be able to work with Glen Keane and crew! I still look forward to seeing your work from Meet the Robinsons. ^-^

anthea said...

Hi Jocelyn! I am SURE you will become a fantastic animator, probably sooner then you think. you are already on your way, your work is great, you're very talented and driven so I have no doubt you'll achieve your goals.

I don't get to work with Glen, since he is working on a different production, but I do get to see him in the halls which is awesome! But my last day here is next friday so I won't be seeing him anymore. : (

My "work" on MTR is only sleeves and seconday animation, nothing thrilling. but I have been working on my own personal test animations w MTR characters that I can post on my blog after the movie is released. I hope you like them, I can't wait to hear what my AM friends think of it.