Hotel Transylvania 3 marks my transition into feature film work. I had a total blast working on this project and got to flex some serious cartoony animation muscles. I also got to sculpt tons of special blendshapes, using proprietary tools, in order to get those specific shapes and silhouettes that set the movie apart.
(2015-2017) Rooster Teeth
I was fortunate enough to work on RWBY seasons 3, 4, and 5 as well as the Yang and Blake character shorts during my time at Rooster Teeth. RWBY follows the story of four huntresses and their awesome adventure against the creatures of Grimm and a huge roster of villains that are out to get them.
During RWBY3 I mostly focused on acting and dialogue heavy scenes, which relies heavily on mocap. After RWBY4, I leveled up to working on intense action and fighting sequences which is mostly all hand-keyed. It's been a blast to hone different animation skills during this huge project!
Skills: hand-keyed animation, mocap performance, mocap clean up Software: Maya (RWBY4, RWBY5, Yang and Blake character shorts), Poser (RWBY3)
RWBY Volume 5: Yang Character Short | Rooster Teeth
(2016) Rooster Teeth
RWBY Chibi is a spin-off show based on Rooster Teeth's RWBY. It's based on non-canon jokes and a cartoony and exaggerated animation style.
This show has been so collaborative and open-ended, that my role as an animator has been a bit different than usual. I take the script and cut together all the dialogue to create interesting timing and flow. Then I'll sketch out some quick boards just to show the director how I've approached the script I was tasked with. The funnest part of this process is that I get to add an extra layer of visual gags and character that I wouldn't normally get the freedom to do!
(2015) Personal Project
"Yoga Skeleton" was a project I tackled when I took AnimSchool's Body Acting class. I focused on making the funniest piece I could, only using physical humor and interesting timing. I also pushed myself to think of interesting transitions between key poses which I think made this project stand out from other work I had done in the past.
My main goal with this was to have fun and learn a lot about a more cartoony animation style!
STELLAR MOVES: THE STORY OF PLUTO
(2015) Ringling College of Art and Design
Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto is my senior short film, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design. I collaborated with Tabia McCarty and Valerie Sattazahn to create this huge film that involved nine dancing planets (and a cute little moon!)
I was responsible for a little bit of everything, from concept art and storyboards, all the way to render. I mostly focused my efforts into animation and lighting/compositing.