Tuesday, 9 July 2013


Hey everyone,

I just wanted to apologize for the HUGE delay with my posts...I know it's been quite a few months now since I've last posted anything here, due to our rather intense and crammed-up workload at college. I am still in the process of finishing my ANIMATION SHORT FILM made entirely in Maya, and I expect to be finished with that [hopefully] by the end of this month [July, 2013]. After that is out of the way, I can assure you that things will be "back to normal" on the blog.

Thanks guys, sorry again for the delay...trust me, it will be WORTH THE WAIT!
[And feel free to check out my YouTube channel as well! www.youtube.com/user/NathanaelXavier/]

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Body Mechanics: Push and Pull

[If the video doesn't work, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPf7LrU_X-4]

Alright, it's been one, crazy, long week, but I finally completed this! I added some basic textures and lighting just to make the scene more "complete."

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Body Mechanics: Pool Dive

Finally, after 2 and a half long weeks, it's complete! I wanted to animate an olympic dive but make the ending funny, and voila! I came up with this :)

Body Mechanics: Basball Pitch

[NOTE: There's some pretty loud audio at the end of this video, so adjust your volume accordingly to avoid any damage to your ears!
Experimenting with parent contraints [where an object is parented to a joint of the rig for a certain amount of time]. I worked on this as much as I could before I had to submit it...but still, I know that there's some polishing and fine-tuning to do. 

Chariots of Fire - Funny Run Cycle

[If the video doesn't work, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmwsgcYQuMc]
Well basically we were instructed to create another run cycle but make it more "unique" and interesting, so that's exactly what I did...it's a kind of flamboyant yet heroic run!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Stylish Walk - Moves Like Jagger

I just wanted to create a different walk cycle and experiment with some different styles...I looked at tons of references from YouTube, the Animator's Survival Kit and references from life as well...and this was the end result!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Scene Inside, Light Outside!

Here's our first lighting assignment of Semester IV! So we started using Mental Ray [yay!], and the first challenge was to achieve a realistic indoor scene which had to be lit by natural/outdoor light. This was done using GI and FG [Global Illumination and Final Gathering]. The image on the top is the original image, rendered in Mental Ray. The second image was rendered in Mental Ray and then edited a bit in Photoshop [bringing out the shadows and highlights, and making it a warmer, evening tone].

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Monday, 11 February 2013

After Effects: Xtraordinary Productions New Intro

First of all, Happy New Year 2013! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and joyous welcome into the new year...And let me start off this new year by announcing my NEW INTRO! May I present to you my final "digital signature" that will be displayed at the beginning of all future films that I create.