Character Animator / Filmmaker
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Character Animation Thesis PDF Link: (Page 23 for Character Acting/Performance research)


Alex French - Animation Reel

My animation reel showcasing character performance, cycles, and dialogue/lip syncing.
Song: Time is the Enemy - Quantic
I do not claim any of the models or audio as my own, all for student/education purposes


.Put together this short scene involving two characters in a chase sequence in order to animate a range of motions and cycles (walk, sneak, run, climb, attack, etc.). Inspiration from the great Buster Keaton for the final shot of the short. Cycles based around those from "The Animator's Survival Kit" by Richard Williams. 
Animated in Autodesk Maya; Camera Animation

Modeled, rigged telephone model, textured, lit, and animated in Autodesk Maya; Cameras
Inspiration from the Mickey Mouse short Thru the Mirror from 1936

Jump cycle with Ultimate Bony character

Luxo Jr. model provided in class; rigged and animated this shot with interaction with a bouncing ball

Looped rotoscope of Shane O'Neil doing a backside flip

Animate CC

CJ Wilson pitching a baseball
Rotoscoped in Adobe Animate


Figure and skateboard provided
Score: John Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack; I do not own this song or claim it is mine.
Student made animation for character animation
Modeled and animated in Autodesk Maya
Camera Animation

Pretty Lights - Wrong Platform Motion graphics
Created in Adobe After Effects

Sneak cycle with Ultimate Bony character

Throw cycle with Ultimate Bony character

Looped rotoscope of Buster Keaton entering the boxing ring in a fight against gravity

Animate CC

Created this rotoscope in Adobe Animate. First time rotoscoping. Focus in on human movement and athletic poses in hockey for weight and timing.

This animatic/animation began with a storyboard project. I created a "How To" story that involved a penguin learning to snowboard. This includes the difficulties involved, and the fact that learning this sport involves a fair amount of crashing and falling. Our goal was to create assets that can easily be manipulated and reused for efficiency. 

While working on this assignment, I recalled I had to make a voice over for the audio. I tasked myself with finishing the whole speech (a daunting 30 seconds) in one take, so I called upon my muse Eminem for some inspiration. Song credit to Eminem for the Lose Yourself instrumental. 
(I won't be offended if you mute it

I sketched out a storyboard, vectorized it in Illustrator, an created the animatic in After Effects.