Tracking Time to Improve Efficiency

"INSTEAD OF MAKING EXCUSES I WANTED SOME EVIDENCE TO SHOW MY SUPERVISORS WHERE I WAS HAVING TROUBLE" This isn’t a topic we often discuss.  In fact, “Tracking Time to Improve Efficiency” might be the five most boring words associated with animation. It’s right up there with “counter animating piles of rope” and “shaper controls for jacket deformation”.  But before you...

NEGOTIATION TIPS

Negotiating is very hard, especially for people whose work is also their passion. Passionate workers tend to undervalue their skills, have a mindset that they’re “just happy to be here”, and are worried that any negotiations will jeopardize their offer (which is very untrue). Companies, whose main goals are to min max expenses and profits, take advantage...

Bubblicious

I don't want to bog down the blog with everything cool I find because the internet is such a gold mine of cool things but it would be a shame not to share this amazing stop-motion, paper cutout animation. Also courtesy of Damien, I would like to introduce you all to Rex the Dog in "Bubblicious".Bubblicious from Rex...

2021 Animation Exchange Talks and Speakers!

We are excited to announce that on March 24th-26th the Animation Exchange is again coming to you LIVE on Twitch and Youtube! And like always, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of a game development conference and make it free for everyone to enjoy! While we will still be focused on bringing some of the best...

Cat Shit One

With subtitles.

Animation Exchange Twitch Stream

I am super excited to announce that on Tuesday, February 28th from 2-10 PM PST, Animation is taking over Twitch! The Animation Exchange takes the knowledge sharing and powerful community of art and development conferences and makes it accessible to all. Bringing together developers in both AAA and Indie, and leveraging the open platform of Twitch, this event will shine...

Ryan on the 10th Muse!

Our very own Ryan Duffin is a guest on the 10th Muse Podcast, episode 23! Another great episode, take a listen. 10th Muse Podcast

2015 GDC Animation Bootcamp Schedule

Here are the speakers and talk summaries for the 2015 GDC Animation Bootcamp! I hope to have an episode of the podcast interviewing each presenter like the previous years at the beginning of the year. As you can see, it is even more varied in content and disciplines than years past, which I believe speaks to the evolution of the skills required for game...

2018 Animation Exchange Talks and Speakers!

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, March 20th the Animation Exchange is again finding a home on Twitch! And like last year, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of game development conferences and make them accessible to all! Bringing together developers in both AAA and Indie, and leveraging the open platform of Twitch, this event...

Round Table – Mass Effect: Andromeda

"Criticize their work, that’s fine- as creators we often welcome critique as a way to better ourselves and the product we provide to gamers." With so much attention being paid in the last week to the animation issues seen in the previews leading up to Bioware's next big release, Mass Effect: Andromeda, we thought it would be interesting to get a...

2020 Animation Exchange Update: The Situation at GDC

We know you've most likely been following all the recent cancellations at GDC. Some of you are probably wondering what this means for Animation Exchange 2020. We're sorry to announce that, despite our best efforts to keep our schedule and the event going, we have to cancel Animation Exchange this year. We want to thank everyone who had put so much...

2017 GDC Animation Bootcamp Talks

Monday, February 27th will mark the Fifth Annual Animation Bootcamp at GDC! What started five years ago to fill the void of animation knowledge sharing has grown into THE place to speak about all things game animation. And this year is no different! From Indie to AAA, we have the people working on some of the best animated games out there, breaking...

Oceans between us…

I know what you are thinking. "Why in the name of Shigeru Miyamoto/God are you guys taking such a long break over just one of ya moving a couple of states away. Seriously, is it THAT hard to use skype like the rest of the podcasting world to make some new frickin episodes? Is Wisconsin unable to connect...

2019 Animation Exchange Recorded Talks

Talk about a whirlwind of awesome for over 10 straight hours! To be surrounded by so many amazing, talented and inspiring animation focused developers continues to be humbling. I hope you were able to catch some of the stream live to be able to take part in the chat and fun. But if you didn't get to, or you want to watch any part...

2018 Animation Exchange Times and Schedule

One of the regular pieces of feedback we got last year was that the Animation Exchange started too late. So this year, we are starting earlier, so that even more people can catch it live! Starting at 12pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 20th, get your favorite animation friends gathered around a screen and enjoy all the knowledge sharing and...

Disney re-used footage and animation cliches

I'm sure all us animation nuts have seen the side-by-side Disney cells but here are a lot of the sequences side by side. Some are just re-used cliches but others are clearly re-used footage.Purists may balk but remember commercial animation needs to be great and efficient. Don't work hard; work smart!

Post Project Animation Team Size Survey

The response from the Animation Team Size Calculator has been fantastic! Which means we want to work towards upgrading it to be more robust. The two big pieces of feedback I have heard is: - Entering directly into a shared sheet is cumbersome and a bit confusing if you aren't comfortable using excel or...

2020 Animation Exchange Schedule & Speakers

We are excited to announce the fourth annual Animation Exchange on Tuesday, March 17th starting at 12pm Pacific Time! Just like the last three years, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of a game development conference and make it free for everyone to enjoy! And this year we will be streaming on our very own AnimState Twitch channel! So make sure to follow us, so that you will...

GDC 2013 Animation Bootcamp Announcement

Last spring a conversation sprung up on twitter about game animation not being as well represented as it could be at conferences world wide. From that discussion, a handful of us got together to do something about it. What we present here is the type of game animation conference I have always dreamed about attending, with an equal focus...

Ryan again meets his Muse

Mr.Duffin himself is the guest on this weeks episode of the 10th Muse Podcast. Give it a listen!
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