I'm bad at blogging...

1:12 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

Okay, so I haven't blogged since June, if this is not proof that I am a failure as a blogger, then I don't know what is... Anywho, I have been busy since I came back from Disney (which was one of the most amazing experiences I could have possibly have been given). I had to be in class as soon as I got back from California. I have my senior production class this year, where we are working on making our student short. We have all character modeling done, all character texturing finished, and a large percentage of environment texturing and modeling finished as well. We also have our animatic locked down, which is really helpful, it keeps us on track!! I can't really share a whole lot of what we're doing right now, as we're trying to keep production in house (like the big guys do) but I hope I can bring more to my blog site thing as soon as possible.

As for my demo reel, I haven't really had a vast amount of time to work on it. But, I do have some projects I am planning to put into the reel that will display where my lighting experience stands. I'll try and post more stuff later this week!!

Walt Disney Summer Internship: Days 1-3

8:47 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

Here's a run down of the past three days, I can only tell you certain things because I am under a confidentiality contract with Disney. There are a lot of things I am not allowed to discuss with anyone outside the studios.

Anywho, Monday was my first day at the animation studios. We all got a full tour of the place (which took most of the day), had lunch, and got settled at our desks. I saw so much beautiful artwork and concepts up on the walls from their two future productions (which I can't name) and also from the Princess and the Frog. Later, another intern got a "special story assignment" to go and pick up a "special story object" from Anaheim (which is about 2 1/2 hours away with traffic) and I'm the only intern with a car, so I offered to take him, and of course 3 other people had to come to. The "object" turned out to be a big white banner all taped up, and when we got to the destination the person just gave it to us and made us leave. We had just sat in rush hour traffic for 2 hours and they just hand us the object and shoo us away!!! So we decided to get even by buying a heavy duty white shower curtain (which played a convincing white banner) and burn, shred, cut, run over, and dirty it up. When we handed it to the Story head yesterday he thought it was hilarious!! It was really funny.

Yesterday I met my mentor, who will be the person teaching me while I am here at Disney, she is a lighting artist who has worked on Bolt, and Meet the Robinsons. She's very nice, I get to meet up with her again on Friday to get an assignment!!!

Today was a bit less hectic. I met a Disney legend, Burny Mattinson, who has been the head of Story for The Rescuers, The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. It was amazing to listen to him talk!! I then attended a figure drawing class, which they offer every week. Lastly I went to have a tour of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, which is where they keep every last bit of original artwork made by Walt Disney Animation. It was amazing to be able to look at the original storyboards for 101 Dalmations!!

Until I post again!!


Walt Disney Internship

4:17 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

I haven't posted for a while now, so I figured it is time to do so. Big things are already happening this summer for me! First off, I got accepted into Walt Disney Animation Studio's Summer Internship Program!! I am a lighting intern, so that means I need to brush up on my stuff to get ready. The internship officially starts on June 12th (Orientation Day), I begin working in the studio on June 15th, and the internship ends on August 21st. I still can't believe I got it, it seems so surreal!! I will be going to Disney's studio in Burbank, CA and will be sharing an apartment with fellow interns. Here's what the studio looks like:

I am beyond excited for this!!

I also got the position of lab monitor at my school, in the DAC Labs. Now I get paid for living there!! Hahaha! Just kidding, I actually do work there.

I also finished my finals for the semester just last week. My first final was for Character Animation. I polished and added to my previous animation video "Weapon of Choice." Here is it is:

Weapon of Choice Character Animation Final from Rebecca Forth on Vimeo.

My other final was a Fluids Project, which...well...wasn't phenomenal. It was supposed to be a glass of water, with a fish in it being poured into a fish bowl. For some reason, the particles in Realflow did not really like my glass mesh and went straight through the mesh when the glass tipped over. I resized the glass and even remodeled in Maya before exporting it back out to Realflow. In the end I just went with what I had and tried to use caustics and ray-tracing to my advantage.

Rebecca Forth Fishbowl Fluids Final from Rebecca Forth on Vimeo.

Weapon of Choice Pre-Viz

1:24 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

This is the video for my animation of the "Weapon of Choice" music video by Fat Boy Slim. I won't be animating the entire (4 1/2 minutes!) video, but just some bits and pieces. This video is the pre-visualization, Pose-to-Pose, rough animation. I am going through breakdowns and polishing right now.

Rebecca Forth Weapon of Choice Pre-Viz from Rebecca Forth on Vimeo.

The Second Draft of my Lighting/Texturing Internship Demo Reel

5:42 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

Rebecca Forth's Lighting/Texturing Demo Reel 2009 from Rebecca Forth on Vimeo.

This is the second version of my demo reel that I submitted to Walt Disney Animation for their Summer 2009 internship. I only made a few tweaks, but I hope to have more pieces for my next version.

Senior Student Short 2010
The Penguin Meets Mary Poppins

I am currently working with my fellow classmates on our Senior Short. The short is titled The Penguin Meets Mary Poppins, and tells the tale of Mary and the Penguin meeting before they became a nanny and a villain. I am part of several elements of the pre-production process, including Character Design, Storyboarding, Editorial/Story, Animatic, and Key Frame Illustrations. We are currently wrapping up Storyboarding and are hoping to have our final 2D Animatic by this Friday. We hope to have final Character Packs by next week, as well as Key Frame Illustrations. The Environments Team is also wrapping up on final Environment Packs and Set Packs. We are also hoping to have a rough 3D layout of cameras before the end of May!

The First Draft of my Lighting/Texturing Demo Reel

6:21 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

This is the demo reel that I sent in for the position of Lighting Intern at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, CA. I'm hoping I get it, but if I don't, it definitely won't be the end of the world.

My next deadline will be for Walt Disney Animation Studios, which is April 20th. I'm hoping to add more to this reel and polish it.

A Tale of Blogging, Classes, & Demo Reels

11:04 AM Posted by Rebecca Forth

Okay, I'm new to blogging and such so this may be downright horrible. But I figured that it would boost my networking options and such, so here it goes!

First off, my name is Rebecca Forth and I am currently a 3rd year student at the University of Colorado at Denver. I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Digital Animation. I am still learning animation techniques and fields, but have found that my strength seems to lie in Lighting and Texturing (which pretty much come hand in hand).

Currently I am attempting to get an internship for this summer at an animation studio. I'm applying to Pixar, Walt Disney, Blue Sky, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network! My first deadline, for Pixar is this Sunday and I am somewhat rushing to finish it up!

Here's some of the work I am submitting in my demo reel:

I made and rendered this image in Autodesk Maya 2008 using Mental Ray. As of right now I'm compositing in some render passes for a higher quality image.