Well, March was another great 11 Second Club audio clip that I started and didn't finish. But I had good reason, though. Midway through the month, I flew out to interview with Avalanche Studios. I also was working on a test for another game company that was, at the time, local to me in North Carolina. Well, since then I accepted an offer from Avalanche, and moved across the country for the third time. Things are definitely fun so far, but in the meantime, I dug my March piece out and started working on it again. I think after working on my facial test and learning a few things, I'm ready to try and push this to a new level. There's some randomness to the blocking in this piece, including a small section of blocked lip synch. I added in that lip synch because previously that was just a held pose, so I'm trying to figure out where to add some head movements and whatnot. I plan on changing that hand gesture on "remind you," and for some reason the video compression cut off my last pose on "DO."
On a side note, it's almost August. This August will mark 3 years that I left my previous job as a police officer, taking on a day job to concentrate on finishing Animation Mentor. It paid off, and led to eventually getting hired on as a contract animator for Bungie Studios in January 2007. My career as a police officer started, ironically, with the police academy in August of 1998. No, the police academy is noting like the Police Academy movies, by the way. After graduating in January of 1999, I went on uniform patrol and served as a police officer for the City of Hialeah for approximately 5 years. In 2005, I changed gears somewhat, and transferred to the Florida International University Police Department, figuring on being a little more lowkey while I focuses on my studies in AM.
Anyway, I tend to rattle off my cop stories to my coworkers every now and then, so I'll share a few from time to time here on my blog. Who knows, maybe I'll write a book one day on how to go from law enforcement to character animation or something to that effect. :)