Nov27
2013

By: Elyse                Categories: 3D Animation

SUNLIGHT THROUGH a window makes a pretty presentation for a room. A glow around the windows simulates the real-life effect of light spilling in through the window and washing the outdoor view to white.

This topic shows how to set up this type of lighting for the default renderer.
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Nov25
2013

By: admin                Categories: AnimationInspirationInterviews

Your time with big “name” actors is minimal and you must be overly prepared for recording sessions. For a main character in a film the studio will usually only have 5–8 recording sessions agreed upon in the voice actor’s contract to be used over the term of the movie. Each recording session takes forever to schedule with the actor’s agent and by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG – the actor’s union) rules, a session can only go for a maximum of four hours with any one actor. The studio is paying a lot of money for that actor to come in and probably pulled a lot of strings to make it happen. The studio heads and executives will be anxious that everything goes well so they may request to be in the recording room with you. Their stress slides down to the producer and then her stress to the director to make sure that session runs efficiently. The concern is not only that the actor is happy but most importantly, if you do not get all of your script material recorded in that session, it may be months before you get that actor back again.

The great Patrick Warburton (Kronk) pondering the readiness of his spinach puffs for Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove.

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Nov22
2013

By: Elyse                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneral

It’s been one week since the doors of CTN animation expo opened… and we have to say, we are already feeling nostalgic! We were absolutely amazed by the talented and inspiring animation students and professionals… not to mention the 75 degree weather, as Focal Press is based outside of Boston! We want to thank Tina Price and CTN for a fantastic and memorable weekend, as well as to all of the attendees who stopped by our booth and gave us something to smile about!

Because we wish the conference never ended, we are still offering a 20% discount on all of our books! Use discount code GRK61 on all Focal Press books when ordering through www.focalpress.com. Free shipping  in the US and Canada for orders over $35 – just in time for the holidays!

Here are our highlights from the weekend…

Fresh off the plane, we were welcomed by boxes upon boxes of books… we cleaned up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself!

Focal Press booth at CTN

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Nov13
2013

By: Elyse                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneralInspiration

Sometimes doing nothing in particular is interesting in itself. Just capturing the moment of “nothingness” says something about the inner person because, after all, there is something going on (inside).

When I leaf through the pages of my sketchbooks, I can’t help but think these are real people at a point in time that I happened to capture on paper. They did not pose for me; they were doing what was natural for them and I happened to be there to catch their moment.

The guy with the box (prop) looks like he is trying to figure something out. I caught a guy pulling up his pants; the bent wrist and lines on the pants sell this thought. The body type of the guy with a hat says teenager. The fourth sketch shows a father giving his daughter a better view of a parade at “the happiest place on earth,” and in the right-hand sketch I was fortunate enough to catch a couple in a “so glad to see you” moment.

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Nov11
2013

By: Elyse                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneral

Are you going to be at CTN Animation Expo 2013? We sure hope so!

Come visit Focal Press at Booth #B17 & B18 and enjoy a 20% discount off all Focal Press books!

Books can be purchased at the booth or online at www.focalpress.com. Use discount code GRK61 at checkout. Orders over $35 receive free shipping.

By stopping by our booth, you will be entered for a chance to win a free Focal Press book of your choice… a perfect stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays, if you ask me!
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Nov06
2013

By: Elyse                Categories: Interviews

Recently, one of our authors and renowned Disney Animator, Floyd Norman, was interviewed by HLN TV. In this interview, he speaks of his in career in animation, working on animated features like Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. Despite the changing face of animation, Norman explains that, at its core, animation is still the same – it is about telling stories. Watch the full interview here:

Interview with Floyd Norman

For more tips, tricks, and advice from the Disney legend himself, be sure to check out his new book The Animated Life! Here is an excerpt from the book –

Chapter 7: Taking my Best Shot
“Learning to Be an Animator”

We all remember our first car, our first job, and certainly our first date. Like everyone else, I’ve got a “first” as well. However, mine is going to be a little different. I’m speaking of my first animated scene in a Disney cartoon and how that scene ushered me into the highly coveted position of “animator” at the Mouse House. We’ll get to that scene in a bit, but first a little Disney history.
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