© 2018 by Xander Morningstar

ANIMATIONS

CURRENT DEMO REEL

VANILLA WALK

This is my first attempt at a basic, vanilla walk cycle. Not a lot happening here, other then me experimenting and trying to get a grasp on the movements of Crouch, Passing, Upward Movement, Contact with Floor, and back to crouching. 

CITYSCAPE BACKGROUND

This short animation was made in Photoshop and is essentially a cityscape parallax animation. The different layers of the buildings move at different speeds, giving the illusion of depth, likewise with the expanding sky. This piece was an practice in what a "loading screen" could look like in a video game. The sounds clip used is from the Nintendo video game, Super Mario Odyssey. 

CHOCOLATE WALK

I'm moving onwards with my movements and trying to create more action. Here, a vanilla walk cycle becomes more exciting when the Fat Stomper character encounters an unfriendly robot character. This shot was a focus on an irregular jump movement, landing on one foot, regaining balance, and also the differences in a fluid movement and a more robotic type of movement, such as the mechanical legs and gun from the robot.

CHALK

The piece here is designed a lot more stylized then some of the other "clean" and "minimal" pieces that I have done. I looked up a chalk-like brush in Photoshop, and then created a blackboard effect with several drawings on it for the animation. It's short, experimental, and fun. I enjoyed taking on a more dreamy-approach with this piece, and would like to make more with further ambition!

PORTRAITURE

This portraiture-based reel was an exercise in the different styles of animation. I was beginning to work on "The Jenna Coleman Show", so I used the same actress to practice stop-motion, rotoscoping, frame-by-frame, etc. The first clip shows the beginning to the Photoshop frame-by frame animation, then the next clip is a rotoscope of a thumbs-up. After that, I toyed around with stop-motion, and finished off with another Photoshop frame-by-frame animation.

THE JENNA COLEMAN SHOW

"The Jenna Coleman Show" is a drawn animation in Adobe's Photoshop. It is designed to look like the opening to a sitcom, starring the British actress, Jenna Coleman. I used different images of her from various films and television shows she has worked in, and tried to make it look like she plays every character in this sitcom. The music is, "Mr Sandman" from the Chordettes (1958). I created several styles using the same color palette in this piece, and tried to jump between a messy look, to something very clean, yet surreal.