Thursday, October 27, 2011

AnimSchool has released the Maya version of its Malcolm rig!!

It's really cool that they decided to release their rig for free! I understand why a school would want to keep it exclusive to their students also though... There aren't many Feature quality rigs out there, that are free. We need to be able to show our range, and show that we can handle a certain level of work! Besides, some of us aren't as technically inclined to rig stuff ourselves.

I've played with this rig for a few minutes at work, just to see the controls etc. Its really nice!! If you go to AM, as I did, you could easily use this guy with the AM rigs. They look like they belong in the same world. Of course you may have to do some scaling, so their sizes match up... I've spent most of my time playing with Malcolm's face. I thin it has some really nice control and flexibility, for cartoony animation. There are some things I like better in the Bishop rig though... Both are really nice rigs and have their own strengths and weaknesses though.

Enjoy! I can't wait to start animating with this guy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I recently received a few questions asking me about where I get my inspiration when it comes to animation. So I thought I'd share my thoughts on here...

I get inspired by just about everything around me, and every experience CAN be a source of inspiration, honestly. In a typical day I can see many things that will inspire an idea. That's why it's always good to be "present" in your life- there are so many things we can miss! But, to get more specific: I'm inspired by seeing really good acting, a great film, short films, a good music video, appealing character designs, watching people interact, watching animals, the list goes on...

As Animators and Filmmakers we draw from our experiences, to create things that are Honest and sincere.

I want to hear your thoughts! What inspires you, when it comes to animation, or whatever your field is?