This week I started updating our freelance artist roster. Animation is a team effort, and requires a highly skilled, and highly trained crew of artists, technicians, and production staff. The larger studios with deeper pockets tend to have more specialized artists that work on a very specific part of the production pipeline. Think of a factory where you might be responsible for the same task on the assembly line. A large animation studio would have artists that are specialized in character animation to be the animators, or specialized artists to do all the modeling of characters, props, and set pieces. Each step of the pipeline is done by artists who are specialists in that area.
I wanted to give everyone a June Update on everything I’m working on with the company. Although I don’t currently have any client projects I’m working on I’m still pretty busy with many other tasks. Here are some of the things I’m currently working on.
I mentioned in an earlier post I was working on a CG animated short. We are making progress with it, but have been taking our time to make sure it looks great. As I write this we are working on the design of the main character, as well as brainstorming the set location. To keep costs down it will be in one simple set that we can reuse for the different episodes. Once we finish the character design phase we will start modeling the character, and then rig it for animation. At the same time we work on the character rig we will also be surfacing it.
I hope you are all enjoying your Halloween today. It is my wife’s favorite holiday, so we always have a great time celebrating it. This will also be my son’s first Halloween, so this year it is extra special.
This has been a pretty eventful week for the company. Our biggest client has asked us to deliver some commercials earlier then we originally planned, so we had to start staffing up. We now have a team of 9 after effect artists(maybe 1 more), and 1 CG animator. This team is now bigger then my modeling team I had at DreamWorks Animation. I’m excited about bringing on our first animator, since my company has not actually done any animation work yet. So getting to do some animation is really exciting for me. I’m also really enjoying the VFX world, so it is great getting to work on something that combines the two worlds.