Elsinore - Wooden Houses - Animated Music Video

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Now what...

So, the Elsinore video is finished. It's been out in the world for a couple of months now and has over 600 views on youtube. However the VHS master copy was erased so Kinzie and I had sweded the video really quick. If you haven't already seen this take a look here:

We used this video to announce our engagement to our family and friends. Also I crack up everytime I see Kinzie's wolf walk.

With that done, I'm setting my sights on a variety of new endeavors. For starters I'm taking another stab at learning Maya. I don't regret a moment I spent working in 2D animation for the Elsinore video but I do know that realistically, to give myself the best shot at a career in animation, 3D is a must and I figure I might as well take on the biggest baddest package there is. I've been using tutorial courses from Digital Tutors. I've already started doing some pretty cool 3D Modeling in Maya through those lessons. I hope there are no hard feelings, Lynda. You just don't give me all the 3D I need in my life.

So far I've been just following along with the instructors to create a Phantom Menace-esque pod racer. Once I get the basics under my belt though, I am planning to model, rig and animate Jerome LaBeak, the a-hole pictured below:

I'll be posting images along the way of stuff I make in Maya, and of course videos too once I start animating.

I'm also planning to start doing little critiques/examinations of animated shorts on the web. I'll post the video and then offer my two cents on it. I see a lot of great work during my daily visits to CartoonBrew. And I'll be starting with some of my favorite things I've come across on there for these write-ups. 

Anyhow, I should get back to work. I'm currently tweaking my editing reel to include the Elsinore video and some of the other work I've done since I put my old reel together a year and a half ago.


  1. Wow... I'm SO IMPRESSED by this, and even more impressed that it's by someone I know! I LOVE the work, and I'm glad to hear you're doing so well and engaged!

    What are your plans for 3D animation? Do you have any ideas yet?

  2. Whoops. Sorry, thought it would display my name. This is brian wilcoxon :-)