Quick Animation Test

Its been a while, since I shared any animation, so here’s a quick animation test I done with one of Animation Mentor’s awesome new Tribe rigs.
The animation was done ‘straight ahead’ with, no polish, using no reference… not even a single thumbnail. I’d been working on polishing my reel for a while now and using reference a lot in my iAnimate workshops, I just want to do something more on the wacky side and purely for fun.

*Go Team Tilly!*

A small, and wonderful team, got a really great surprise over the weekend… Tilly and Friends, my first venture as Animation Supervisor, won an IFTA from the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Animation! I feel so fortunate, to have been part of such an amazing team at JAM Media and to have worked on such adorable characters. One of the biggest and most fun learning experiences of my career so far! Here’s my favourite shot, that I got to animate on the show.

CTN 2013

Last November I had the good fortune to attend CTNX5! It turned out to be one of those energy charging drive-boosting experienced of my life. I love meeting people, and here I got to meet so many new friends, catch up with old ones and meet lots of friends and Mentors for the first time that I’d gotten to know through the online of Animation Mentor and iAnimate. AWESOME!

It was also the beginning of my side project – animation podcasts! First up is the incredible Keith Sintay, coming soon we have Ted Ty followed by Jason Ryan and Tal Schwartzman after that. But I’m not stopping there! I have a growing list of people I’ve wanted to ask which is getting ticked off progressively with people who have agreed – its trilling!

The big thing about CTN is how big it is – there is so much going on at any one time, it’s impossible to fit everything in! But here’s a portion of what I got up to on my weekend.

It was such an amazing learning experience. Pity it all went so fast… put I guess thats why I should post more. Looking back over the photos and thumbing through the ten pages of notes I took helped me be able to stop for a moment and smell the roses. After a crazy few months, this allowed me to catch my breath. I should… I will, post more often. I’ll leave you with a few inspring quotes I wrote down over the weekend -

Three Principles of Story – 1. Compelling Story 2. Believable World/Environment 3. Engaging Characters.’

Most common mistake on the rise in the industry - ‘Worrying more about style than substance… and as a result never finding their own style.’ — ‘Inexperienced people will go to making it move beautifully, but you need to push for the performance.’

What should you (you the view) do next – ‘Pick the thing you’re most afraid of, and do that!’

‘Keep it simple, but not boring’



Free Crits happening over on Twitter @kevanshorey

A few weeks back I had the immense luck to have won a Free Critique from the wonderfully talented and exceptionally kind Kevan Shorey at Dreamworks animation. He regularly opens some free time to critiquing peoples’ work. This time, I was lucky enough to snatch the spot and I highly recommend you follow him on twitter (@kevanshorey), for inspiration and to possibly snap up the next spot!

Here’s the video critique he done for me:

(If you see a message saying it’s private – Don’t worry. Click on ‘Watch on Vimeo’, and you’re all set! :)

Teaching at VanArts:

I discovered Van Arts when I first arrived in Vancouver last Sept to attend a master class organized by them. When I noticed the incredible talent teaching there, I quickly found my way back, visiting every few weeks. Always greeted with an open door and friendly faces. It was a place to find inspiration. They somehow saw fit to let me teach, last April – an experience that forced me to grow both as an animator and a person. I am privileged that Van Arts has spanned my entire time here in Vancouver. Today, is my last day teaching with these wonderful men and I am so grateful to them for the amazing experience. — at VanArts – Vancouver Institute of Media Arts.

VanArts Crew

UPDATE: And a couple of photos of my students from the ‘Summer Intensive Animation Course 2013′,


A little blurred, but still fun -


Its not all about animation… is it?

In an attempt to make animation not the only thing in my life I went off traveling… and somehow wound up on one of my greatest animation adventures I’ve had to date! Found lots of fantastic animation references, ideas… met with lots of animation masters, in short, I had a blast! But I barely animated the last couple of months… not for the want of trying but the sheer lack of access to electricity or a desk etc. My time away from work was a serious charge for my batteries and I’m back stuck into a new shot for my reel, news of that in a later post.
Here is what a battery charge looks like… in no particular order:

So after three wonderful weeks in Thailand, I have now moved to Vancouver!!

Animation Journey

I feel so privileged to have been a part of this amazing school! So when they asked me to tell my story, from student, to graduation, to Supervising Animator, I was only to happy to do so!

Alumni Tutor Q&As have started this week and I host one tomorrow, Thursday at the edited time of 9pm (GMT) Check your AM calender for your local time and pop in and say hi :)

Animation Mentor Journey

Some friends and I tell our tales about our time at Animation Mentor :) 

…BUT! My journey has not ended - I’ve been accepted as an  Alumni Tutor for this term, woohoo!!

The Aftermath

Awoke in Dublin to find her fairy-tale had ended. I had the most amazing two weeks my life! Thanks so much to everyone who who opened the doors to they’re studios, introduced me to amazing people in the industry & took time out to have lunch. I had such a blast with all the AMers, wow: just so fantastic to meet you guys after so long online, and discovering new friends too! Especially chatting with someone for ages only later to discover you knew them all along, like Zane – Awesome! I really appreciate haven been awarded most supportive student, I even got a little emotional. Its really something to know I helped and to have it return to me in that way :) And Uber thanks to Animation Mentor for nurturing believe in myself that dreams can come true. Here’s to our futures!
… and some more photos from my mind-blowing two weeks in the US.

There was so many to choose from! I had to just pick a few fun highlights… but you get the idea – I had a blast!


The day has come :) Here is a little taste of the lead up to the big event:


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