07 November 2010

Student showcase 2010

Here is amentor's latest showcase. For some reason, it is shorter than the previous ones:

30 August 2010

Vanilla Walkcycle

This is a Bishop walkcycle that I did recently. I wanted to do a simple render and put it on the blog. So here it is:

Walkcycle-rendered from Eray Kiranoglu on Vimeo.

19 August 2010

Get your story told through animation

Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s unique questions and Sarah’s loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.


14 August 2010

Shorts from Birdbox Animation Studio

Some cute and effectively animated shorts to make you smile:

10 August 2010

Toy Story 3 poster

Just wanted to share these drawings. I won this poster through an internet draw. It is signed by Pixar animators; Victor Navone and Aaron Hartline.

Also, I should mention that I have seen the movie recently. It was a good sequel film just like the previous one. Considering the fact that it is extra hard to make a satisfactory sequel for the audience, we can say that the Pixar team has done a very good job again. Nevertheless, Ratatouille still remains as my favourite Pixar movie.

25 July 2010

Innovation Driven

Here is the People's Choice of recent Aniboom competiton: Saatchi & Saatchi's Nothing's Impossible Challenge. What is wonderful about it, beside the content is; it is a stop-motion animation done by drawing on lots of napkins.

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom

27 June 2010

Germans in the Woods

A touching piece by Rauch brothers: "86-year-old World War II veteran Joseph Robertson fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Over 60 years later, he still can't forget one soldier he killed there."

Germans in the Woods from Rauch Brothers on Vimeo.

07 June 2010

Symphony of Science

These look and sound great:

More here:

01 June 2010

Mr. Rendered

I have textured the guy according to the tutorial. I have also rigged the character with an auto-rigging solution. It is an easy process but it takes time to get used to it; defining exclusion sets, adjusting widgets etc.  If I can learn a little bit lighting and facial-rigging, off I go to building my set, converting my designs into cg and finishing my short.

25 May 2010

A little bit of modeling doesn't hurt

I'm trying to learn character modeling in Maya through a digital tutors title: Creating cartoon characters. Well, I'm in favor of specializing only at animation and always trying to improve myself by doing animation tests but modeling is a bit necessity when it comes to customizing characters, modeling props, getting more familiar with the 3d software; whether you're making a short film or a small animation test. I'll try to learn a little bit lighting and rendering too if I can finish texturing the character, which seems as a little bit tedious process according to the videos.

My Annecy Youtube Contest short: Shleeping

This is a short that I prepared for the annecy youtube contest. It is my first 2d animation. I think the idea/story was good, but just not very well executed due to the lack of experience&technique. The bad parts are: I tried to keep the character alive by drawing similar poses during the holds but they were too many and caused lots of wobbling. The connection between sequences aren't that good. Same for some of the jumping animations. Also, I shouldn't have placed same jump patterns one after another. I didn't bother much with music and sounds so they are not appealing as well. But it was a good experience in terms of motivating myself and getting used drawing on tablet pc, which may help me later in planning my cg shots.
In conclusion, as I said before, the idea was good but I should have spent more time on it to make it a successful piece. Anyway, in the end, experience is experience and I'm happy with it.

14 May 2010

Fight for Life

This video was one of the screenings of Siggraph 2008. It was made by Jellyfish Pictures for the BBC documentary: Fight for Life.  It is great in terms of both vfx and music so just wanted to post here:

Fight for Life video

23 April 2010

The Animals Save The Planet

Just run into these. Cute and appealing clay animations from Aardman Studios for Animal Planet TV. These are good examples of how you can make very clear and strong gestures with considerably less poses. In a way, they show how important the golden (storytelling) poses are. They serve to a good purpose in terms of the messages they carry as well.

07 April 2010

John Lennon's Imagine - A Perfect Circle's cover

It isn't about animation but it was just too good to pass. A perfect song from a perfect voice: James Maynard Keenan.

29 March 2010

Mary and Max - a must see animation film

Imdb synopsis:

MARY & MAX is a claymated feature film from the creators of the Academy Award winning short animation Harvie Krumpet. It is a simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, severely obese, Jewish man with Aspergers Syndrome living in the chaos of New York. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max's friendship survives much more than the average diet of life's ups and downs. Like Harvie Krumpet, MARY AND MAX is innocent but not naive, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual difference, trust, copulating dogs, religious difference, agoraphobia and much much more.

This capture is to remind you Banksy's work again:)

Not forget to mention, Philip Seymour Hoffman's voice acting is really brilliant in this movie.

28 March 2010

Animation Insiders Book

This is a new series of books dedicated to animation, put together by Patrick Beaulieu and written by very talented animators like Jason Ryan, Victor Navone, Jason Schleifer, Matt Strangio etc. It should be available by now, so you may want to check it out.

Web site is: http://www.squeezestudio.com/SStudiopress/

22 March 2010

Fallen Art

What a marvellous short:

Technically, there are some little problems with animation but I always put story, storytelling and creativity in front of technical perfectness and I believe that is what the artists should be after in the first place. So this is much more valuable to me than a short which has nearly perfect (can't be perfect in real terms, can it?) animation but a poor or cliche story.

16 March 2010

An acting test-Good day

A previous version of this was on vimeo for quite some time. I decided to do some changes in the weekend according to some animator friends' comments. So just wanted to post the latest here. It is not finished by any means but I am working on a 2d short film at the moment so it may take some time to return back to refining it. Probably I will update it after May.

Good day (WIP) from Eray Kiranoglu on Vimeo.

Canlandirma.org: Karakter animasyonu hakkında Türkçe forum

Şimdi reklamlar:
Animasyonla ilgiliyseniz ve paylaşımcı ruha sahipseniz sizi yaklaşık 2,5 ay önce açmış olduğumuz Türkçe foruma acı bir kahvemizi içmeye bekleriz.


As an Unnecessary Information Inc. note: We recently opened a character animation message board in Turkish. This is just a message for inviting people to the forum. Don't say you weren't curious about it :P

28 February 2010

Jungle Jail

I hadn't seen this until 2 months ago. I found it on aniboom as the most viewed and liked animation. It is kinda weird but I discovered aniboom pretty recently too. Well in fact, I heard its name way before but never viewed the site before; for some reason I don't really know:) Anyway, this short is a very nice piece in terms of snappy and cartoony animation. The story is quite original too.

Jungle Jail from Al Duccino on Vimeo.

Let's welcome some Banksy art

My sister showed me some of his art and I couldn't resist to post some. These satirical pieces of art are done by Banksy, a pseudonymous graffiti artist from England:

His web site is: http://www.banksy.co.uk
And here is the trailer of his film, "Exit Through The Gift Shop". It will be in UK cinemas on "March 5th" his web site says and it is mostly about how these art pieces are created; I think?