Saturday, November 03, 2012

Puss In Boots test

I did this dialog test in early 2011 while I was at DreamWorks animating cycles on Puss In Boots. I would show my progress to Olivier Staphylas, the supervising animator of Puss, and after I finished he actually talked the studio into allowing me to do those two shots in the film. I had a blast working with Olivier and really appreciate him giving me the chance to animate those shots!

Puss In Boots dialog test from Adam Strick on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Minute Between the Hour

  Last weekend I participated in the vimeo weekend challenge to go out and shoot some footage during the first and last hour of sunset during the day, also known as the magic hour. It's always nice to have some sort of challenge that gives you something to focus on and learn from. The video had to be edited down to one minute or less. Here's my completed entry:
A Minute Between the Hour from Adam Strick on Vimeo.

Friday, July 29, 2011

From the Mailbox




Got this in the analog inbox on Monday. I was going to share an electric bill but second guessing myself, I went with this instead. Starting in September I'm going to be heading to Blue Sky for temp work on Ice Age:Continental Drift! I've never been to New York or any part of the upper east coast before so I'm excited to get out there and check it out. I've heard great things about the people at Blue Sky as well. It'll be somewhere around 4-6 months of what I'm expecting to be a great experience! Between meeting new people, awesome animation, and exploring the town I'm sure the time is going to fly by. Now I just need to find out who's playing poker and where...

I'm definitely going to miss my DreamWorks Animation family but hope to squeak my way back in eventually! You have all been amazing coworkers and friends so it'll be a pleasure to work with you again! -deuces



In case you didn't piece together the word puzzle from my last post, it was - Cross Country Trip. :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

How To Train Your Dragon interview with AM

About 6 months ago four other animators and myself took part in an interview with Animation Mentor to talk about working on How To Train Your Dragon. They shot two lengthy interviews, one with two animators up at PDI and another here in Burbank with three of us from the Glendale campus. The first video, A Toothless Dinner, released back in October was cut down to a 9 minute clip but here are some more videos they've cut from the interviews. I had a lot of fun taking part in this and enjoyed hearing what Mike Stern, Tyler Phillips, Ron Pucherelli, and Dane Stogner had to say about their experiences on the film as well! I'd like to thank AM for asking me to be a part of it and hope to see them continue these interviews with others!











Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lookout over Burbank


Lookout over Burbank, originally uploaded by shreds900.

At least on the days with good weather...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TP!

My friend Steve recently put up some fake trees outside his cube and in my mind, that's just asking for it:) So an unnamed friend, only because I can't pronounce it, helped me tp(toilet paper, for those that don't know) it.

Number of nights trees lasted before getting tp'd...zero.


Monday, October 25, 2010

"Murder" Dialogue Test

Since I haven't posted any personal animation here in a while I figured I'd post an update to an old shot. I'm getting close to calling it quits and parting ways with this one, hopefully.

video

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dragons Give-Away Game over at Speaking of Animation!




Be sure to check out the riddles/word games over at Speaking of Animation this week to win a signed copy of "The Art of How To Train Your Dragon"! It's currently signed by the directors, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, the head of character animation, Simon Otto, and a few of the other animators. We're still adding more signatures! Check out the link for the details!

http://www.speakingofanimation.com/2010/10/dragons-give-away-game/

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Busy!

Hello! Just wanted to do a quick post on what I've been up to lately since blog posts have been so scarce! I have mainly been spending time with a few hobbies outside of work, old ones and new ones. I bought a Canon T2i in April and have taken up photography and messing around with the video functions as well. I built a dolly and it seems to work out decently overall.



Here's a video test I put together with it:

Dolly Test 2 from Adam Strick on Vimeo.



I went down to Hollywood Boulevard for about two hours shooting some footage and put together this video. I also took the time to write the music for this one.

Hollywood Blvd from Adam Strick on Vimeo.



I'm really enjoying exploring and experimenting with the camera right now and hope to create some narrative short films in the future. It's nice to have a little "instant" gratification when doing the video tests. Being able to go out and shoot the footage, edit it, throw some music on top of it and be done with it in a day or two doesn't happen much in the world of animation, so even if it's just a small montage like the above clips, it's a fun process!



I'm also still playing guitar when I have the time. Took some time a few weeks ago to learn the solo from "Bark At The Moon".

Bark At The Moon-Guitar Solo from Adam Strick on Vimeo.




My friend and fellow DreamWorks Animation animator, Alexis Wanneroy, is jumping in to the world of dslr's as well with his Canon 5D MkII. He shot and edited this to help advertise the Mixed Martial Arts Madness class. The client wanted the music to be a bit heavier so he asked me to add some guitars on top of it to see if that would work so I was happy to give it a try and help out. They seem to be happy with the results and kept it in the video.

Mixed Martial Arts Madness from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.





I'm currently taking an advanced creature design sculpting class at work one night a week for the next 5 weeks with Jordu Schell! This guy is an amazing sculptor that's been working in Hollywood since 1987. If you don't know his stuff you should definitely go check out his HUGE gallery of work at http://schellstudio.com/. He's a pretty entertaining guy too so I expect the classes to be fun. I took a figure sculpting class a few months back so this will be a fun and difficult step into creating my own character. We'll be sculpting with super sculpey, which I haven't used much so hopefully I don't hit to many road blocks while working with it.

I've been staying busy with the podcasts for Speaking of Animation as well. We have some great ones coming down the pipe in the future that I'm sure you all will enjoy!

I try to spend time animating some personal stuff in there when I have the time and am feeling up to it but it's definitely tough to do. I have a personal test that I've been working on for the longest time that I hope to eventually post. My focus is going to start pulling in on this in the near future so there should be more posts about it!


Anyways, if you've decided to read this far, I will now apologize for this long update post! I guess when one holds off on posting this long this is what tends to happen.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF)





Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF)

Wednesday, Nov 3-7, 2010
at Plaza Theatre, Calgary, AB

Call for Submissions

The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival is the only exclusively independent animation festival in Canada, with a focus on experimental and self-produced animated film. GIRAF plays an essential role in the promotion, education and appreciation of independent animation from around the world, exposing hungry local audiences to the best animated content from at home and abroad.

Important Note: Submission deadline August 2nd, 2010

Visit

http://www.giraffest.ca/

Monday, June 14, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon Podcast



We posted the podcast this morning so if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out! There's a ton of great info in there from those guys.


http://www.speakingofanimation.com/2010/06/podcast-how-to-train-your-dragon/

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon Podcast Promo

How to Train Your Dragon Podcast Promo from Speaking of Animation on Vimeo.




I wish I could post more often but unfortunately there's always so much to do. Jacob Gardner and I collaborated on this promo video for the next Speaking of Animation podcast. I wrote the music and he took care of the awesome imagery! Look forward to the podcast to be posted next week!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ted Ty Talk Back podcast




Hey everyone,

we just posted the Ted Ty talk back podcast over at Speaking of Animation. This one covers questions sent in from the listeners that clarify or go into more detail about what was mentioned in the last podcast with Ted. Hopefully you all enjoy it and thanks again to Ted for coming back for another round!

Here's the link:

http://www.speakingofanimation.com/2010/04/podcast-ted-ty-talk-back/