Demo Reel

My demo reel took a semester to complete.  As I create more animated shorts I will reconfigure the demo reel, putting my best work forward.  The work shown in this demo reel features Jail Break, Seasons and a Walk Cycle using the Andy Rig.  Creating a demo reel is a long process that requires an artist to look at their own work critically.  You want the reel to catch the attention of whoever is watching.  Your work should speak for itself and show the 12 principles of animation.

Seasons Progress

At the end of last semester I had worked on a project I titled Seasons.  I encountered some technical difficulties before the project was due to present.  As a result my Ncloth for the Fall season didn’t have falling leaves.  One of the things I wanted to fix this semester for my demo reel was a tree with falling leaves for the Fall scene.  Below is a clip of the new Ncloth I created.


Below is a completed version of my project for this semester.  This project consists of a weather cycle displaying all of the seasons.  I used Maya 2016 to create the particle effects and environment.  The pollen particles were created in Adobe After Effects.  Some technical issues occurred at the last minute and will be fixed next semester.  I will also redo the render to have either a resolution of 1080p or 720p.


Recently I was trying to figure out a way to create the Fall scene for Weather Cycle project.  Since this scene requires showcasing wind, I had the idea to create leaves falling from a tree.  While searching for ideas to create this with particle effects I realized it wouldn’t be practical to use this method.  Many animators online have been using nCloth to create leaves falling from trees.  I found a youtube video to help understand how to create nCloth for falling leaves.  The link to the video will be listed below.  I will warn you that the music in the video is a bit distracting, but the overall video is helpful to follow.

Below is a playblast of the nCloth I created for my Weather Cycle project.

Pinterest Weather Cycle Inspiration

The following link has some images that helped me to develop an ideas for the environment in my project.  I also included images of some of the seasons to help me better understand how weather appears in reality.  I will frequently looked back to these images while creating the particle effects to help create a sense of realism in the project.