Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Animation: Merry Christmas

I hope that the 6 of you following this blog had a lovely Christmas! Haha!

Here is a Toy Story Holiday greeting I animated on.




-C

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Toy Story 3 clip

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays! Today Lee Unkrich debuted a clip from Toy Story 3 on ABC Family. I am having a blast helping out with this film! I'm going to miss the project when it's over.



Here is a link to the clip!

Monday, November 09, 2009

UP on DVD and Blueray today!

Hey guys,

Be sure to pick up your copy of UP on DVD and Blueray today. The DVD is fantastic and is filled with tons of behind the scenes features with director Pete Docter and even a new short film, Dug's Special Mission, directed by Ronnie del Carmen. Go buy it!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Toy Story Double Feature Intermission

I had the pleasure of working on the animated segments for the Toy Story 1 & 2 3D Theatrical Double Feature. The project was a lot of fun, and included 3D, 2D and "shadow puppet" animation.



The credits for the Double Feature intermission are as follows:

Directed by: Mark Walsh
Produced by: Galyn Susman
Edited by: Steve Bloom
Production Management: Sara Maher, Brice Parker
Production Coordination: Stephanie Hamilton
Supervising TD: Brian Green
Lighting: Mitch Kopelman
Designer: Marty Baumann
Motion Graphics: Susan Bradley, Catherine Kelly, Claire Munzer, Jon Vargo
Story: Adrian Molina
Animation: Chris Chua, Daniel Gonzales, Cat Hicks, Bruce Kuei, Holger Leihe
Sound Design: Barney Jones
Assistant Editor: Tim Fox
Sound Mixing: Tom Meyers, Skywalker Sound
Design Consultant: Andy Dreyfus
Producer's Assistant: Morgan Karadi

Sunday, October 04, 2009

New animation: Potato Head "Wooo!"

I animated this tv spot with Mr. Potato Head a while back. I cannot find a YouTube video to post of it but here it is on Facebook. I hope you enjoy it!

WOOO

Monday, September 28, 2009

More new animation

I animated the shot in this teaser where all of the toys are walking in a line through the arch way. Woody was animated by Daniel Gonzales. Mmmm walk cycles!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Animation



Here is a commercial I animated for the Toy Story 3D Double Feature. It's in theaters for 2 weeks only starting October 2nd. Don't miss it!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Siggraph 2009

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to mention that I WILL be attending Siggraph this year. I have been granted the time off and will be arriving in New Orleans on Wednesday the 5th.


If you are attending, be sure to check out my film "Wild Dogs" at the Computer Animation Festival! There are many wonderful films screening this year from co-workers and friends of mine.

Thanks so much!
-Cat

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My first Toy Story promo shot

There is an invisible moving going on here at Pixar right now. Invisible in the sense that the films have already been made, but the promotional material for them is rolling out now. I'm currently having a blast animating the characters that I loved and grew up with as a kid.

Here is the new trailer for the Toy Story 1 & 2 3 theatrical re-release. I got to help work on this trailer the first week I arrived back at the studio!



Be sure to catch Toy Story 1 and 2 on the big screen AGAIN in 3D starting October 2nd. This double feature will run for 2 weeks ONLY so don't miss it!

Friday, July 03, 2009

More Frequent Blog Updates

Hello all!

It seems that out of most folks I know, I update my blog the least. So I've decided that I am going to start sharing more of my personal journal entries through this blog. Keep an eye peeled for entries filled with thoughts and observations on story, behavior, movement, character, design and entertainment in general.

Since Michael Jackson's death last week, I've been watching many of his music videos and stage performances. I thought I would share this clip. The contrast of his movements and their timing here are pretty amazing. The smooth and slower transitions mix perfectly with his sharp hits and dramatic body shape changes. The added texture of his hand and finger gestures are also very appealing. Watch how loose he is in one moment an how ridged and secure his poses are in the next. Very cool stuff.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wild Dogs Parody Poster

At Ringling, all of the computer animation major seniors create fun parody posters for their thesis short films. This year's poster theme was Oscar winners. I decided to do last year's Best Picture winner, No Country For Old Men. That and There Will Be Blood were my favorite films of 2008, I'd say. Sadly I only had about 40 minuets to work on this, but here's what I cooked up.


I also was pleased to find out last week that Wild Dogs was selected for the annual Best of Ringling show! It's both a huge honor and a personal accomplishment. I have accomplished my goal of being accepted into the BOR show 4 years in a row.

Two weeks until schools out forever!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pack the chew toys, we're heading to the Big Easy!

This week I was shocked to receive the news that my senior short film, Wild Dogs, has been selected for the 2009 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival!

I'm honored to have my film selected this year and am very excited to have my film screening for this event. This will be my first time attending the international ACM SIGGRAPH conference. Ringling College of Art and Design placed eight films in the festival this year. Totally awesome! This year's conference is being held in New Orleans on August 3-7. The wild dogs and I hope to see you there!

Keep an eye on my blog for updates about Wild Dogs. I'll be wrapping this baby up here sometime in the next two weeks. The film will debut online sometime this summer.