Animation – Michigan International Speedway

Here’s a clip we did for the giant LED video scoreboard in the center of the Michigan International Speedway, during the NASCAR race in 2009. Kid Rock was the grand marshal for the cup race. We got to sit up in the announcer’s booth for the entire weekend and see the view from way up there.

Animation Progress

My current animation – a 30 second clip of a small ship approaching a space station – is now up to 32 hours of render time in Carrara 7 Pro, and is 83% complete. I thought it would be done sooner, but as the geometry of the station came into the frame, it slowed down drastically.  I’m guessing it probably has another day to go.

The current uncompressed AVI file it’s building is over a gig and a half in size.  My question to more experienced animators would be how do you work with files of this size? Will I be able to upload this monster to YouTube, or will I need to compress it first?

It’s 1280 x 720 pixels, 24 frames per second.

New Animation in Progress

I decided yesterday to build myself a new animation demo reel.  The last one I had was about seven years ago, so it’s way out of date, even if I could find where I archived it.  The software I have now is head and shoulders above what I was capable of doing back then.  I have all of these scenes built for my comic work, rendering static images, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to set things in motion.  Most of the day, my machine is off, not doing anything, so I might as well put it to use.  I just hope I don’t run out of drive space!

The image above is a screen shot of the first 30-second clip rendering in Carrara 7 Pro. It’s got about 4 hours to go. I’m doing this one at 1280×720 pixels, so it should look pretty sharp!

New Animation

Here’s an animation I just finished for a local business, John’s Appliance City, in South Daytona, Florida. The text segments were made in CorelDraw, then imported into Adobe After Effects and set into motion.