Nov 10, 2012

Hanna S. Abi-Hanna - Animation Reel

This is mostly character animation, but there's a few moments of super sweet effects animation too.

Sep 10, 2012

Video Reference

High-speed cameras have always been around but in the last 10 years with the advent of high-definition digital video cameras there's been lots more footage captured of high-speed objects in motion, and now with the advancements and accessibility of the internet, all this sort of footage is more easily-viewable than ever. Here's just a few links that show the power of slowing down reality and how much animators can learn from this technology.

Aug 18, 2012

Rapparu - Animated GIFs Reel

At around the 30 second mark we see what starts off as simple black and white animation, but then quickly turns into some sophisticated FX work, some very amazing stuff.

At about 1:00 the FX gradually start to get displayed, again, lots of explosions and smoke.

Aug 2, 2012

Magic FX from My Little Pony

Animator G. Beaudette delves into Flash and After Effects to produce some reusable Magic Effects animation.

Jul 31, 2012

The Water Sphere

In his off-duty time, NASA Astronaut Don Pettit experiments with the physics of water in the weightless environment aboard the International Space Station.

The results is footage that can be great reference material for all sorts of FX animation.

Jun 16, 2012

Water Splash Tutorial - Part 1

This was the first tutorial I ever made, it was originally hand-written on paper and photocopied out to my animators on the first series I ever directed in 2001. So when I found it while cleaning out junk from some old boxes, I thought I should type it up for here, enjoy.

Download the PDF of these notes here.

Here's a tutorial by the talented Kathleen Quaife, she goes into greater detail with the planning, structure, and drawing of a water splash:

Feb 23, 2012

Elemental Magic Volume 2

Joseph Gilland's second book is out, and it's fantastic! This series is the only one of its kind, it explores many tips tricks and techniques for creating 2D Effects Animation. Buy it here.

Jan 17, 2012

2D Effects Animation Course by Adam Phillips

Here’s what you get in your first month for just $24 at BCA FX:

Wk 1: Lightning – Wk 2: Small Flame – Wk 3: Smoke Ribbons – Wk 4: Gravity
Every article is split into sections of physics, design, timing and treatment, so you not only learn how to animate the effect, but study the physics that drive its behaviour. Each week is packed with explanations, diagrams, example files, reference images, video demonstrations and lectures.

The climb steepens in month 2 with:
Wk 5: Ripples – Wk 6: Wave Motion – Wk 7: Dust – Wk 8: Surface Tension
You may cancel at any time and retain access to what you’ve paid for. For $24/month you get weekly articles, demonstrations, examples, illustrations and videos. PLUS exclusive access to the ultra-sssshh secret BCA dark arts FX club for FX wizards with FX hats.

Month 3 gets crazy with:
Wk 9: Flame – Wk 10: Reference – Wk 11: Steam – Wk 12: Light & Shadow

Sign up now!

Jan 13, 2012

Gobelins Students' FX Animation

FX exercises made in 3 weeks by groups of 5 students in 2nd year at the french Gobelins school.

Oni - by Cyrille Chauvin, Augustin Clermont, Guillaume Dousse, Adrien Gromelle, and Thibaud Petitpas.

Brütal Vacances - by Clément De Ruyter, Eve Guastella, Juliaon Roels, Pierre Rutz, and Gaspard Sumeire.

Mad Scientist - by Chloé Nicolay, Yoann Bomal, Christine Shin, Laura Pannetier, and Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart.

The Red Light - by Karina Gazizova, Estelle Chaloupy, Sarah Colmet-Daâge, Maël Jaouen, and Hélène Leroux.

Soap - by Wyckens Manddy, Marthe Delaporte, Lea Justum, Guillaume Arantes, and Jeanne-Sylvette Giraud.

Jan 12, 2012