Aidan Animation Blog.

Animation and VFX talk, camera gear and 3d scanning.

Launched a facebook page for my Photography

Finally I've created a facebook page specifically for my Photography. It's been a long time coming and now I finally have a large enough back log of images getting swallowed up in my personal fb feed it was time to create a dedicated social space.

I'm not a Pro Photographer, it's just a hobby for me, but I do feel I'm getting better and better every time I shoot.

Hit the link to check it out and click the like button to get the updates.

Aidan Martin Photography

Photo: Aidan Martin.
Model: Jill Lister-Martin.
Mua&Hair: Liz Gridley.
Styling: Jill Lister-Martin.
Producer: John Jennings.
Assistants: Katie Karandais & Chelsea Hyde.
In association with JoKa Photography.

The end of Hobbit

Goodness it's been a while since my last post.
Since 'Dawn of the planet of the Apes' released in June, I went on holiday with my wife to Germany and came back to NZ to work on the final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.
We are in full swing animating on 'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' which has a few weeks until it all wraps then back home to Australia for Christmas.

Apes figures

My 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' figures by NECA arrived yesterday.
Caesar, Koba and Maurice. I'm pretty excited to get some figures from a movie I'm really proud to be a part of. I think I'm the first in the Animation Department to get these guys.

Caesar, Koba and Maurice.

I pre-ordered them from BIGBADTOYSTORE.COM. They're licensed by NECA and I must say they are pretty cool.
They're nice and weighty, pretty standard 6inch figure size. Maurice is my favourite, all his hanging fur is a softer rubber so it moves a little with the articulation points. All the hands are made from the same material so you can fit the spears and book props into their swappable grips. Details on the spears are great and the character likeness for all of them is superb. Although they haven't noticed that Koba is actually missing a finger on his right hand. That's a hard detail to pick up on.

Really happy with them and now I have something interesting to 3d scan.

Cheers, Aidan.

HTTYD Live Show in Beijing.

The 'How To Train Your Dragon' live show is touring again, this time in China along side the release of the sequel to the first Dreamworks movie.
I worked on this show for a year and half with Global Creatures who produced the show for Dreamworks, as the Animation Programmer for the flying Animatronic Dragons. It was a fun job and I got to travel a bit as well while the show was being developed.

More Apes goodness

Another promo still of a shot I worked on for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'. This was one of the very first shots I animated on the movie. All hand keyed from reference of the Actors Toby Kebbell (Koba) and Andy Serkis (Caesar). Plus an amazing facial pass by Facial Lead Jack Tema.

The Gallant Captain

At the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 I was fortunate enough to work on a short animated film called 'The Gallant Captain' as the Lead Animator.
'The Gallant Captain' is the second short produced by the Lampshade Collective after the success of 'Nulabor'.

The film is currently doing the rounds on the festival circuit and is picking awards all over the place. For current awards and screening updates check out the website and check out the Facebook page. View the trailer below.

One of the best things about the little film was working with the small intimate crew in even smaller intimate working conditions.