Saturday, October 29, 2011

Santa's Apprentice Trailer in English

      Last year, I did some freelance work as a 2d animator at Flying Bark  in Sydney Australia, for an animated feature film opening this 10th of  November in Australian cinemas . Here's the trailer in English.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Boy And His Cat

          It's been a while since I did some drawings. I stopped when I acquired a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) due to drawing.  It became very painful physically to hold a pencil and draw.  I didn't realized nor knew that one can get injured while drawing. The demands of the job as a traditional animator and not being able to balanced my life for a long time, finally caught up with me.   And with a heavy heart, I quit my job at Disney because of this.   I lost confidence in my drawing skills. And once in a while I'll get some small job which involved some drawing, and I struggled.  It's the main reason I shifted to 3d animation.

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             I do miss drawing. I almost forgot the joy of it.  Drawing just for the sake of it, and not because there's a deadline looming.  A few months back I was inspired to do some doodles again.  This drawing was my first attempt.  And I promised myself that I'll get back into it, slowly but surely.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jungle Rhythm

          Sometimes after working long and hard on a scene, the director would decide that a particular scene isn't necessary anymore.  Or he would have another idea or he just simply doesn't like it.

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        This scene that I did for Jungle Book 2 was one of those that didn't make it to the final film.  Even though it's a short scene, I enjoyed doing this.  This was for the big musical number part of the film with a lot of characters doing the Jungle Rhythm, I got to do just Mowgli for this scene, and he was to be composited together with the rest of the characters later on.  Unfortunately, this bit didn't make it.

        Always a heartbreak for any animator, and I just have to accept that it's just part of the job.  Anyways, I'd like to share this here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Santa Claus Is Coming to ... Australia!

          Last year, I had a chance to animate in a 2d feature-length movie called, Santa's Apprentice.  Also known in French as
L'apprenti Père Noël.  A co-production  between the French studio Gaumont-Alphanim, Avrill Stark Entertainment in Australia, and Cartoon Saloon in Ireland.This movie is slated to be released in Australian cinemas this November . It was released in France last year. I was told this movie won the prestigious UNICEF award at this year's ANNECY International Animation Festival in France.   And  there are now talks for a sequel. Cool.   I have yet to see the final film.

          Instead of animating with paper and pencil, like I used to do , I was quickly trained to animate in a 2D animation software called, Toon Boom Animate Pro.  It was a very fun software to use, I must say.  I also had the opportunity to work again with some of my fellow animators and director from the now defunct Disneytoon Studios Australia.


     This trailer is the French version of the film, with  French voice actors.  Glad I didn't have to learn French, because our team animated the Australian version of the film, which had Aussie voice actors.  This is about an Australian boy and is set in Sydney. Some well-known Australian landmarks can be seen in this movie.

Monday, June 27, 2011

All Together Now....

My 2D and 3D character animation demo reel for 2010.  Enjoy!
    ( Password: 2d3dDemo ) 2D/3D Character Animation Demoreel (2010) from Jocelyn Sy on Vimeo.

Singing Vegetables

Bob The Tomato

( Password: veggiedemo )
Here's some of my 3d animation work - Big Idea's Veggie Tales. These were done under the facilities of Huhu Studios in NZ.

These are for the Veggie Tales:
-  Abe's Amazing Promise;
-  Minnesota Cuke And the Search for Noah's Umbrella;
-  St. Nicholas and the Story of Joyful Giving;
-  Pistachio The Little That Woodn't.

3D Character Animation Demoreel from Jocelyn Sy on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

When You Wish Upon A Star....

          I became an animator because I love Disney animated cartoons, especially the classics.  Who knew that I would be given an opportunity to be able to do that.  Here's some of what I did when I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studio Australia.

            Here's the rough pencil tests , with no in-betweens yet.

Traditional Animation Demoreel in Pencil Tests from Jocelyn Sy on Vimeo.

      And here's the final version.  (Password: disneydemo )
Traditional Animation Demoreel from Jocelyn Sy on Vimeo.