Friday, October 31, 2008

Another film fest!

An update! We got into another film fest - this one entitled The Short Short Story Film Festival, which will be screening our film on two occasions in New England. Check out their logo and site below!

Way to go team!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The film is online!

I uploaded a youtube version, and it allows you to watch it in high quality. It looks MUCH better that way.

I figured we might as well put it up online here since its already up at . But it seems to run pretty choppy and is even more compressed on teletoon's website.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Good News, Folks!

Congratulations TELETOON Animation Scholarship Finalist!
From: Animation, Scholarship (
Sent: July 23, 2008 3:00:56 PM

"The Celestial Ox" has been selected as a TELETOON Animation Scholarship Finalist in the Continuing Education Category.

The finalists will be announced officially on and on AUGUST 18, 2008.

What's next? In September, a jury of industry professionals will select 3 winners in each category. Winners will be announced following a screening at the Ottawa International Animation Festival on September 20, 2008.

Voters Choice Award! From August 18 through September 15, your film will be screened on and as part of the Voters Choice Award. The public can vote for their favorite film in each category. The film with the most votes in each category will win the Voters Choice Award. We'll announce the Voters Choice winner at the Ottawa International Animation Festival TELETOON Animation Scholarship Finals September 20, 2008.

Promote yourself!
Starting August 18, bring attention to your film as part of the Voters Choice Award at the TELETOON Animation Scholarship by clicking on the "Share This on facebook" button on and

If you have any questions, please contact

Friday, July 18, 2008

Congrats fellow Penguins!!

I just wanted to say as a HOLLA and an update - YAY US for getting into the LA Shorts Film Fest AND Ottawa Intl Animation Fest 08! WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!

Greaaaaaaaaaaaat job Guys, all our crazy hard work is payin' off!!!!!

I hope everyone is having a FAAAAAB internship and rockin' good summa.

Stace :)

Friday, May 9, 2008


Thought I'd do a quick search on Edmonton Film Festivals, and there is one! And the best part? The entry fee is 20 bucks, and it's waived for Alberta residents. Hooray!

I don't know if there are any prizes or anything, but y'know.

Where could I get a dvd copy of our film? Does anyone have one? I think all I have is all eight films together.

Monday, April 21, 2008


Thanks for the wonderful and beautiful signed poster
it looks amazing

It has been a great honor being your mentor and look forward to see your work in the future

Celestial OX has earned its place in the stars......

P.S. remember me when you become rich and famous


Thursday, April 17, 2008


Garrett Hanna completed an AMAZING suitable for framing poster for us. I'm getting 20 11x17's made so talk to me tomorrow if you want one (MoCap Pengs who are out of town already, email me your address and I'll be happy to mail you yours)

I just want to say again how proud I am of everybody in our group! I am simply amazed at the end result. You guys did it! THANK YOU!!!

*************SPOILER ALERT*************************

Here are some stills from the final film. GO TO THE SCREENING FRIDAY AT 6PM! Buy a copy of ALL 8 FILMS FOR ONLY $3!

Friday, April 11, 2008

I watched the first cut of the Celestial Ox and, I almost broke down into tears. This year has been amazing, and seeing this film done just made all the work worth it. Thanks for everything, talk to you soon.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008


This morning we made a list of all the scenes & what we need at this point.
The list is below! I also printed it & posted it beside my desk. lf you do anything off the list, please cross it off!
Thanks Guys!!

After effects stuffs.

Looking for some tutorials online on how to do some effects, and here's what I found.

Making a camera iris, for the final shot. This one has the details on the apeture shutter things. I don't know if we wanted that, but here it is.

Mark and I were discussing making an image distorted, for his drinking scene and for my scenes in a portal. There seem to be two things that will work, depending on what we want to do.

Using a displacement map. An example of one being used. We'll still have to experiment to make it work, but I think it's a starting point.

For my scenes, I was thinking more of a heat distortion near the edges of the frame. I found a tutorial on making heat distortions, using particles. Perhaps a combination of the two techniques will work for me, so that it's not distorting the entire image, but just around it.

I also downloaded copies of these, so I can show people on the school computers.

And now, it's so much later than I thought it would be. I will be into school as soon as I eat!


Hey everyone, here's the final look of the land when everything grows. I'm almost done the painting for the pan, but here's the section that you guys might need for reference in case you didn't check the mocap folder. See ya tomorrow!!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Meeting tomorrow morning...

For those of us not going to the long lecture, Brock was saying we should have a meeting to see what's done and what still needs to be done, who needs help and who can help.

Early-ish in the morning. I'm planning on being there between 9 and 10, we'll see who's still there from the night before.

In case anyone wasn't in school, and checks the blog before tomorrow. n____n

G'night! We're going to finish, I can feel it!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Scribbled notes on After Effects

Hope you guys can read my chicken scratch!

Friday, March 28, 2008


The artwork and animation is looking great
see you today

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Emp's RGB values

Here's the final colours for the emporer with the RGB values.
[And yes, he does have sleeves :) ]
Happy scanning/colouring!!

Some Intro BG's

Here's some painted BGs of my scenes with characters dropped in for reference. I'll put the PSD's of these up on the server tonight if anyone wants to use elements for their BGs in this sequence.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Emporer & pillar colour ideas

Hey Guys, I did some revisions to the emporer colours, and I also tried colouring the pillar...

Comments? Changes? Ideas?
Lemme know what you guys think, feel free to suggest anything! I just thought it would be nice to get the emp's colours established so we don't have to waste time after we are done cleaning up!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

DQ- your stuff is looking great


did any of you want to meet earlier this week, since we missed last week
the artwork looks beautiful ....rrreeeeaaaallllyyyy NICE!!!!


Friday, March 7, 2008


Hey Penguins!

A few of us met today and discussed our next deadlines... since we are supposed to have a FINISHED FILM by Week 13... where should we be at now? Next week? Well, hopefully this helps:

Week 9 [next week]:
> By WEDNESDAY try to have all [or as much as you possibly can] ROUGH ANIMATED for ALL of your scenes. We will have our group meeting then and review everything.
> By THURSDAY can you please bring a print-out of your poster [if you want to throw it in the ring] and we will have a FINAL vote on which one to pick.

If the roughs are approved, or almost done, that leaves us with just over 2 weeks to do ALL the final fix-ups, clean up and colouring.

We decided that WEEK 12 - APRIL 1ST [Mark decided to throw that date out there!] is the day we are shooting for to START COMPOSITING.

One last thing - I made a folder on the server called 'ANIM_ROUGH_ALLSCENES'. I made folders within that for all of my scenes, and copied my latest flipbook files in there. If you could, please all create your own scene folders in that folder as well, and keep updating it with the latest versions of your scenes so that everyone can take a look whenever they need to.

Thanks Guys!! Keep on plugging, we are only a few weeks away! Everyone's doing an AWESOME job so keep it up!

Sorry for the random cap'd words, but it makes for variety.
Stace :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tony's Meeting

Hey Guys,

Just to let you know Tony won't be in today for his meeting at 12:00. I won't be in either because I can't get my car out of the driveway, and my street isn't plowed yet.

Thanks guys, see you tomorrow!

Stace :)

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Ruffs and Clean version of the big pan

Here's the ruff and clean, I finally scanned everything. So if you guys need it for reference for the scenes after this scene its here.

Pan Test with sound

This is the test I did before I redesigned the layout and the character placements. But I thought I would put it up, so you guys can kind of "visualize" the scene when its completed. As well DQ gave some great suggestions on adding zoom ins and outs and ease outs and ins as well. This is just a straight pan across right now, but the final will combine all of these things.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

additional ruff work

here is what i fixed today, i fixed the priests movement , and when the ox receives the embrosa.
i add the torch effect which done by Brock, and i modified the glow too.

here's the Scene19's BG painting. pls give me some comments.

here's S19 & S20.

Monday, February 25, 2008

a work in process (ruffwork)

i still have a few inbetweening to do and some fine tweeking on the priest char , but this is what i have so far on my scene, i ll start the other one either tomorrow or wednesday.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

i did some effects for my scene. feel free to give me some comments. i will modify it till u guys
think it's good to go.
*modified the ox's outline. make it blue this time. which versions do u guys like better? the yellow or blue?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Background texture and colored linework

I tweaked a bit with Andy's scene background. I wanted to show you what the difference colored lines and just a bit of texture can do. I dont think we should go crazy with texture, it gets distracting. But especially in scenes on earth when its still dry and dead, a bit of speckle on the surfaces helps to convey the stone look. Also, I think some colored linework will just help in general. Its much easier on the eyes to see the characters with black outlines if the backgrounds don't already have black outlines. They separate easier.

Its really, really easy to add texture to a bg thats already painted flat like Andy had it. And add it on its own layer so it too can be adjusted if needed. I can send everyone the custom photoshop brush that I used to make the texture, or we can keep experimenting until we find something we all can agree on.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Who is Supervising what...

Hey Guys, I was just organizing some of the design pack stuff - there has been some updates and revisions on things [Lucia did some great designs for FX, check it out!]...

I will be copying the newest design pack to the server on Tuesday morning, so print it off from there for your own copy.
**Also if you have additions or revisions to the design pack from what you have been working on in your scenes, can you throw it on one of the templates, and copy it to the server? [in the Design Pack folder] Also maybe just do a quick post to let everyone know there are updates; it would be good to keep the most updated stuff in the binder.

Also I will be printing the newest board, script & design pack for the Master Binder in case you need to reference it while working at school. I leave it above my desk in those shelves.

Above is a list of our group members and who is supervising what... I was getting confused so I thought some of you might be too!

Thanks Guys, have a great Family Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

about being on Model

you all are ruff animating a scene of the ox, next week is the final week of RUFF animating the scene
if you all used a ruff working model of the ox it should be close
in fact it has been my experience that even if you all had a final model , your OX would still look different
but you will all have an idea of what works and what does not based on what you have been doing in your animation class
It is best to put together a final model based on what you all have contributed from the animation you are doing
we can meet as a group and discuss what you feel looks good and works then you can get someone to finalize the model for all of you to finalize your animation
then when you do the clean up of the scene you can put the character design on model

NO characters are ever on model at the beginning of a production, especially when the character is new and you have to discover them...

Do not worry if you have started other scenes, you are only in the ruffing stage and once you have gone thru the pose test and ruff animation , you should have a model to work from

I also want to go over the model with who ever designs it or even the other characters and
who ever creates the final models should also give a chalk talk to the group on how to keep it on model



Monday, February 11, 2008

Hey guys, I thought I should just throw this out there

I'm a bit worried about a major thing, that we maybe haven't thought about. The ox I think is beginning to look very inconsistent, I think that everyone is drawing it very differently, all good I might add, but he doesn't actually look the same. I think we really need to focus on the design of the ox, and try to match it to the best we can, because Brocks style is very different to Kellys, and Marks, and Andy's, and Jasons, and everyone else (I haven't seen the other versions yet), so we should really try and do something about it or else our main character is going to change from scene to scene.....not sure if that's what we were going for???

suggestion, Brock, maybe if you can do a bit more designs, because the group seems to be leaning towards your ox

Kelly, you said you were going to do some facial expressions, I think that's great, I liked your expressions a lot, but I think the group needs it asap. We are all beginning to animate, and I'm sure none of us will want to redo it because it doesn't look like the same ox from scene to scene.

What does everyone else think??

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

Labelling the boards digitally

Hey Penguins!

Rach and I were talking in Maya today... I know today we were labeling the boards by hand, but I think really the best thing would be to label the scenes and dialog all digitally. Because then those master boards would be on the server for everyone to grab and print off, and you wouldn't have to keep reprinting it every time. [It also would ensure consistency with all the copies of the boards!]

I will try to label all the boards I have [the first 42 pages] tonight... Angie would you be able to label your boards? Or maybe a couple people could label them....we just need to get it done so everyone can work from the same master board on the server.

One more thing - I copied my half of the boards onto the server, but I will replace them when they are labeled.

We'll finish off the meeting we were having today, tomorrow after lecture. It shouldn't take too long to finish.
Thanks Guys!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Meet on Monday?

I just emailed everyone, but just to make sure....

I thought maybe we should try to meet quickly on Monday to touch base before our Wednesday meeting.

Is everyone free to meet at noon on Monday, before Maya at 1 PM?
Angie - if you could print your boards and I'll print mine and we can go over them at the meeting.

If anyone can't make it, can you please let me know?

Friday, February 1, 2008

DQ-Happy snow day


seems we are going to miss our meeting today.....
if you have anything to show me or ask let me know on the blog
I will try to check it thu the day and weekend



I see classes are cancelled today, so happy snow day everyone! [And a Friday even, sweeeet.]
See y'all on Monday!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

more designs

Angeline - board pages!

Awesome, thanks Angie! You are fast!
My pages will go til page 42... so start numbering your pages at 43.

NOTE to the rest of the Penguins - Angie and I grabbed each board and are putting them on the templates. Thanks muchly to Angie for volunteering, as it's a huge job and much easier when it's cut in half! Perhaps we can have some of your guys' help tomorrow numbering all the scenes and filling in the other info during Natalie's story class.

We can go over it in our meeting at 1 PM tomorrow and actually divide up the board amongst the group.

Finished up my part, Stacey.

All the panels are on pages, I just need to know how many pages you got to so I can number mine. n___n

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Latest leica reel, week 4!

Refer to this for now doing your rough scenes and workbooks!

We really need to post the leica, since it's a bit hard to do workbook for it without any reel. :S

DQ Hi mocaps

Liked your latest story reel, it is much tighter
there is a lot of great animation opportunity and all the scenes

It still is a bit long feel there is room for trimming but I will talk to ya all about it when we meet

love the designs you are posting,


Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Hey Guys,

Just in case you don't check your email.... Tony won't be in tomorrow, but we will still meet in the studio for 1 PM. We will divide up the boards and sequences, and go over the design pack.

Thanks guys!!

and some more