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September 10th, 2009 #1
Massive Black's Creating Dyamic Poses for Art and Animation with Chris Hatala
Poses by Chris Hatala.
Lecture Title: Creating Dynamic Poses, Gestures and Communicating Body Language for Concept Art, Illustration and Animation.
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10am-1pm (PST)
Brief: An In-Depth Presentation on the Art of Posing from Imagination
Prerequisites: No previous art or animation experience required to attend.
Duration: 2 hr Presentation + 1 hr Q&A
How Much??: Tuition is 75 USD and will be available by clicking the SHOP button in the top toolbar of the site here.
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Christopher Hatala began his career at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California where he animated on two films, Cats & Dogs (2001) and Evolution (2001). Late 2001, he moved to Wellington, New Zealand to animate with Weta Digital on the feature films: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), I, Robot (2004), and King Kong (2005). Since 2005, Chris has been living in San Francisco working as Animation Director / Co-Founder of Massive Black Inc and has been working on some of the biggest games and projects in the business.
This lecture is geared for all audiences, regardless of your drawing, painting, or animation knowledge and skill set. Chris will be sharing his knowledge from creating some of the most well known shots in film and games. Posing your characters in your work is a key challenge we all face as artists, whether we are drawing, painting or, posing 3d or animating. Communication of body language, emotion, and expression will be covered as well as capturing moments of drama and acting pose principles. Your work and knowledge will improve with this information in hand.
Selected demo reel animation shots from Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and King Kong will be shown and discussed. Also, the demo reel shots to be discussed in this lecture have been keyframe animated by Chris. He gives very thorough presentations and you will find it entertaining and informative.
Along with the presentation, Chris will also be discussing his work on some of the following shots in Academy Award winning films.
Shelob Cocoons Frodo – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Animated Elements: CG Spider (Shelob), CG digital double (Frodo)
Kong attacked by bats – King Kong.
Animated Elements: CG Gorilla (King Kong), CG bats (15+)
Felbeast grasps Gondorians – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Animated Elements: CG Flying Creature (Felbest), CG digital double
(Ring Wraith, Gondorian Soldiers 5+)
Bats crawling/hanging in cave – King Kong
Animated Elements: CG Hero bat, CG background bats (12+)
Cave Troll Walk Cycle/Muscle Test – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Animated Elements: CG Creature (Cave Troll)
Kong protects his new toy – King Kong
Animated Elements: CG Gorilla (King Kong), CG digital double (Ann’s
As usual, conceptart.org proceeds are going directly to the community including helping to pay for the 25,000 dollars in servers we just had to buy for this year, as well as the upcoming major tech additions to the site. Thank you all for the support and thanks to Chris too!!!
See you soon!
Last edited by Jason Manley; September 11th, 2009 at 01:07 AM.
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September 11th, 2009 #2
Not many of you know me, but my name is Chris Hatala and I am a Co-Founder and also Animation Director here at Massive Black, Inc. You may have caught one of my presentations at the MassiveBlack/ConceptArt.org Workshops. If so, I hope you dug it!
I'd first like to say that I'm really happy to have an opportunity to support the Community and teach too! It's my job to convince you that your dreams can be a reality! (as long as you work hard to achieve them =)
This lecture covers the ideas and theories animators use to put characters, creatures, and monsters in lifelike and believable poses. I have tailored this course to directly apply to concept artists, illustrators, fine artists, and animators simultaneously. I've used these techniques constantly, from my work on Lord of the Rings and King Kong, to the other projects I put my life and time into. I gave a similar, 2-day lecture, at Paris GDC and it went over really well in the master classes. I have rounded it out for easy, entertaining digestion, so I hope it can help you!
Here are a couple images of characters I posed for marketing renders, which hopefully shows you that this topic applies to both 2d and 3d work at the same time.
That said, I would be happy to take suggestions and input on what else you might like to see covered during this talk. I am here to help. I can do live animation and posing demos, talk more about gestures and body language, show more film shots and discuss animation, or outline creative problem solving techniques that span all media. I want to give you the info you want most. So, all comments and suggestions are welcome.
Thanks everybody and I look forward to the lecture!
September 13th, 2009 #3
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OMFG now i know i have to bear witness to this- this would help me massively! especially when finding models is borderline impossible and i gotta go with my imagination.. any chance you can cover how to do that effectively?
September 14th, 2009 #5
That is exactly the point. Chris understands how to create any kinds of poses from the most subtle and beautiful to dynamic and intense from imagination. He will share his ideas on that in the presentation.
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September 14th, 2009 #6
space-sprayer: thanks! i hope you'll be able to stop by.
rinjii: you can be sure I'll try my very best! By talking through some of my shots, the plan is to give you more options, ideas, and ammunition for when a model isn't available. =)
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I'm so there for this one.
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September 14th, 2009 #9
Oh wow! Time to mow some lawns for that $75!
I must ask, are there any plans for a DVD? If so, consider it bought in triplicate.
September 14th, 2009 #10
Nateman742: no plans yet for a dvd, so this is pretty much a live only presentation. this presentation will likely only be given through conceptArt.org or through one of the massive black/conceptArt.org workshops. on a side note though, i have been creating a bunch of downloadable animation tutorials that should be available early November. they range from beginner to advanced, although the focus of those is mainly animation. the live presentation is structured to hopefully be helpful to all artists, regardless of medium. thanks for the interest!!
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You all are the best. Tanks!! Tanks much!!
This is a good one. I think you will find the info you need in Chris. He is one of the best animators on earth and knows posing masterfully. He is a very good teacher and is open with his ideas, perspectives, and theories. Learned a lot from this guy over the years.