I’m back at Jellyfish pictures animating Dinosaurs for a new documentary for ITV. This one is about Dinosaurs in the UK. It’s a ton of fun, I’m having a ball. Raaaar!
Here is a 2 minute showreel of my dinosaur animation. This was done for Jellyfish Pictures. The doco is Planet Dinosaur for the BBC. Apologies to Run DMC for using their music.
The CG is all being done by Pearl DME under the steady guidance of Will Rockall. A great bunch of guys to work with.
I was called in to model, shade, rig and animate realistic looking jellyfish for several shots. I used Softimage xsi and made the tentacles with Syflex ICE curves.
I also made a tomopteris, which is a many legged deep sea critter that looks like a swimming centipede. Rigging all those legs to be floppy and swimmy was a bit of a nightmare, again using Softimage, but the finished creature looks pretty good.
I’d love to put up some pictures of it, but you’ll have to wait till the film comes out in a couple of months time.
After finishing up on Chatter Zoo I went on to modelling, rigging and animating more dinosaurs. This time it is for the iPad game to go with the new Walking With Dinosaurs movie. Unlike the original doco this is a cutsy vehicle for very young children.
Here is the trailer on Youtube. We really had to push hard to get onto the app store for Christmas.
I’m working on an iPad game for Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo. Here is the trailer on YouTube.
I’m using 3DS Max for the first time in over ten years! I’m fixing models, rigging them and animating them. The deadline is tight.
Using a different piece of software to do these familiar tasks is a bit like having a sex change: All the buttons are in a different place.
(I haven’t had an actual sex change, so please consult your doctor before acting on this information.)
This is one of the shots I did for Emmy nominated docco ‘Can You Live Forever’. In it Adam Savage’s nervous system is ripped out of an old body and put into a new one. I animated this with Softimage Syflex Curves in ICE.
After finishing up on Planet Dinosaur, Jellyfish Pictures has swung straight into production on the feature film The Dinosaur Project. I’m animating another Plesiosaurus and a cute two legged thing that befriends the main character. Fun stuff.