Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Keys: The Land Before Time

This is one of my all time favorite animated movies. I especially love the opening sequence. How much story & emotion it conveys with little to no dialogue. Plus there's the fantastic score by James Horner.

The Keys: The Land Before Time from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Keys: Big Hero 6

I want to start a new series of analysis videos that showcase the keys from great animated films. Here's the first one from Big Hero 6


Monday, May 4, 2015

Acting Reference #85

I love this clip of Ellen Burnstyn in Requiem For A Dream. She's obviously upset/emotion during this scene, but she's smiling during most of it. Just cause your character is upset, doesn't mean they necessarily have to have a frowny face. Sad does not always equal :(

Acting Reference #85 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Promo Video For New Class

Check out the promo video for my new class. You can sign up here

Body Mechanics from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

World of Lexica Animation Reel

Here's a quick reel for the latest game I've been working on. It's a tablet based education game for schools to help promote reading. This is just a small sampling of the animation created. Being on tablet our characters were pretty limited (not many controls/no facial controls) and the turn around for animation was pretty quick.

World of Lexica Animation Reel from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Acting Reference #84

Here's a nice clip from Rudy. A lot of great eye reference from Charles S Dutton (another great underrated actor). Very interesting double & half blinks. I saved out a gif to really show what was going on there. There's no one universal way to blink, and changing up the timing/speed can convey all sorts of different emotions.

Acting Reference #84 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Body Mechanics Class

I'm excited to announce a new class I'm teaching this coming April on Body Mechanics. It's an 8 week course and should be a blast!! You can sign up by clicking the image below and heading to the course page - hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hysterical Blindness Process

Process video for personal test I did

Hysterical Blindness Process from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Acting Reference #83

I attended a great talk on villains by Ted Ty at CTN and it made me think of this clip from Braveheart. I love how Longshanks is very precise with his movements. He's hardly moving at all and he doesn't have to, he's in charge and doesn't need to prove it. Notice how he never blinks once in this entire clip, which adds an eerie intensity to him. The bit at the end is also great. One of his second in commands compliments his idea and even then he puts them him in their place by questioning the compliment....not allowing anyone to get the upper hand on him.

Acting Reference #83 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Acting Reference #82

I wanted to show this clip from The Rover and talk a little bit about free rigs. There's a lot of free animation rigs out there and we see them over and over in animation tests. Often moving & acting in very similar ways. But check this clip out, it features an almost unrecognizable Robert Pattinson. It's not really a physical transformation, like some actors undergo, but its more of an acting transformation. It's in complete contrast to how we've normally seen him in other movies. (cough cough Twilight) His mannerisms, movements, pacing, delivery. Think about this when you're animating on a free rig. How can you make it new, unique, something we haven't seen before.

Acting Reference #82 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ballet Animation Process

Here's a process video for the ballet shot I did. Once I got the blocking done I focused on polishing sections at a time, starting with just the root/legs and working my way up. I found this very helpful as it kept me from being too overwhelmed and was able to focus all my attention on certain areas.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video Game Animation Class

I'm rerunning my video game animation class this December (Dec 1st-29th)
Hope to see you guys there!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Anim: Hysterical Blindness

Dialogue test I did with the sweet Mery rig. Took about 3 days to complete

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anim: Ballet

New body mechanic shot - rig by Joe Daniels

Friday, September 26, 2014

Acting Reference #81

Great little clip from Jaws. I love Richard Dreyfuss' reaction to Quint singing. He's obviously annoyed with him, but he's not putting on a generic "annoyed" expression. Instead its hidden in a fake smile. There's some great eye darts and mouth changes that let you know he's not happy with the situation. It may be obvious, when animating, that your character should be happy, or sad, or angry...but are they trying to hide this emotion behind another?

Acting Reference #81 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Days Left!

5 days left to sign up for my Animating Creatures for Games class. It starts Monday September 15th! Here's some FAQ I've been getting

So what's this all about/how does it work? 
It's a 3 week class going over workflow techniques for animating various creatures. Week 1 is quadrupeds, then spiders and last dinosaurs. Each week you'll have access to various videos of me going over my entire process for animating these various creatures. Each week there is 1 assignment. You'll follow along with the videos, animate the assignment & post it for critiques.

How long are the videos? 
Each week there is around 10 hours of video content. Each video is around 20 to 40 minutes long.

Can I download the videos? 
Sadly no, we want to make it fair for the people who sign up/pay for the class, so we don't want to risk the videos getting out there for free. But, you have access to the videos for an entire year, so you can rewatch them as many times as you want!

Do you discuss other things besides these topics? 
Absolutely, I have secondary videos going over various things including: Exaggeration, Demo Reel Do's & Don't, Lighting & Rendering, and more! 

When/What is the webinar? 
Each week there is a live webinar. I critique work, animate live, answer questions...who knows what will happen! It is Sundays at 11am EST

What if I can't make it to the webinar? 
No worries, it will be recorded! So I only get critiqued during the webinar? Nope! You'll have access to a forum where you can post your progress and ask any questions. I'll critique your progress ASAP after you post it.

Do I need to be an animation master to sign up? 
No. You need a basic understanding of Maya and the fundamentals of animation, but like I said, I go over the entire process step by step so you can follow along.

Ok, this sounds cool...but what's in it for me?
Well, besides awesome animation knowledge, you get access to an exclusive free rig. Week 2 we animate spiders and there is a sweet spider rig that is provided for this course.

Where do I sign up?! 
Click the image/link below! Hope to see you there!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Anim: Feb 11 Second - Spline 02

So...I may have missed the deadline lol
I have a bad tendency to start animations and not finish them...not this time! I'm gonna finish this.
Here's an update - first pass spline. Gotta go through and start cleaning stuff up/polishing it
Feb 11 Sec Club - Spline 02 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Acting Reference #80

Here's a classic piece of reference from The Godfather. Great example of thought process & eye movement.
Acting Reference #80 from Kyle Kenworthy on Vimeo.