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Animation and Special Effects evening

Reviewing a little late, I know. It was a fun evening, meeting some fellow Animation Mentor schoolmates, and listening to some professional insight on various topics including working methods and animation.

The event occured last Teusday evening (July 28th), at a convention center that belongs to The Council for Beautiful Israel at Tel Aviv.

Amir Green, who is a special effects supervisor for Sony was the first one to lecture. He talked about explotions and special effects. He explained how he worked on the Shadow monster from Inkheart and the last explosion from a Capcom’s Onimusha 3 video.

Dror Lazar gave a fascinating glimps of how he managed to finish an enormous project in 2 days by doing most of the work in After Effects instead of 3dsmax. By making 2D compilations you can save a lot of time on rendering.

Last but not least, Tal Shwartzman a.k.a Jeremy Shaw, showed how he animated 2 shots from DreamWorks’s Monsters Vs. Aliens, how he wanted to incorporate a special hand gesture into one of the shots and how he managed to do so in the last 10 frames. The first shot he talked about was of the news reporter being prompted Gallaxhar wants to speak to the world. Tal used video reference of Tom Brokaw (I think it was that one) and modified the reporter’s acting according to the director’s request. The second shot he was working on was later omited from the final cut of the movie. It depicted Gallaxhar helping the heroes (for some reason) with directions over his spaceship. He wanted Gallaxhar to pull on his sleeve as a secondary motion while giving directions, but it didn’t work right plot-wise. Eventually he managed to put that idea at the very end of the shot. But then it was cut off the film altogether.

Overall, this was a fun evening. Many people showed up and many friends. I hope I get the chance to participate in more evenings like that one.

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