March 21, 2011

Mark's Reel

Animation Mentor has asked their mentors to upload a reel so that students can see our work and get to know us a little better. Students, I hereby present to you a sampling of my shots from "Toy Story" 1 and 2, "A Bugs Life", and my short "The Pumpkin of Nyefar". Now you know me better!

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25 comments:

Joseph Mingoo Lee said...

Wow so much great animation. I really love the one where jessy grabs woody! Totally still holds up with todays super polish animation.

Mark Oftedal said...

Thanks Joseph! Nice color stuff on your blog, too!

Omar said...

You're an animation god, lol. The fact that you did that stuff a decade ago and it still stands as great animation blows me away. Keep being awesome Mr. Oftedal :)

Mark Oftedal said...

hey Omar, I saw your blog too. Sheesh, you're in high school?! Nice animation- you have a bright future!

Steve Marshall said...

Mark I don't know if you are aware of this but you are so awesome! Those Toy Story shots are legendary! How's the schoolism class? I was thinking about taking one now that I'm done with AM.

Thanks for all the inspiration,
-Steve

Mark Oftedal said...

Hey thanks Steve, I hope everything is going well in your post-AM life! Schoolism is great. My caricature class is really challenging me and pushing my skills WAY more than I could ever do on my own. I highly recommend it...

Jeremy said...

I agree with Steve, you and Doug had some of the most memorable work from Toy Story. Great stuff and thanks for sharing!

Mark Oftedal said...

yeah man, Doug's stuff is awesome. He really hit his stride in Toy Story 2 though... he's incredible.

tinylittlesandra said...

That short is just so great! Very entertaining.
Shot four with Woody shaking Buzz, I remember hearing in an interview that this was before Pixar had… what ever its called that stops objects from going through each other. So you didn’t have constraints for this shot or anything – was it all key framed!!? So beautifully done… as are all the shots.

Mark Oftedal said...

Sandra, I don't know how you knew but yeah, that was before we had IK built into the models. We had a process for pinning down the legs and whatnot, but it was laborious to say the least.

So you're an AM student? Have you done the schoolism classes too? We have a lot in common!

tinylittlesandra said...

I dont know either, I cant remember... maybe on the extras? Or on a Spline Doctor's interview - I listen to those thousands of times I forget who says what. No doubt I'll stumble across it again and I'll let you know. No IK at all, even on the legs!? I cant get over it - it seamless! I had a shot of two characters wresting, I had constraints and IK and it still nearly killed me to do it. The fact that it goes by in about a second, hurts a little too.. hehehe...
Schoolism was brilliant. Its remarkable how much the character design has helped my animation.

Yeh, I watch a lot of your critiques, but I never knew you had a blog, till I saw you on the list of superhumans on Austin Madison's blog.

Mark Oftedal said...

Sandra, we had an 'ik tool' that we used to do ik, so it wasn't eyeballed. It's just that it took a long time to get the results you would have had in seconds if ik were built into the model.

You kids these days, you don't know how good you have it.

tinylittlesandra said...

It was the John Kahrs Splinecast - roughly 14 mins in, they talk about polishing contacts. One of the shots they talk about is Woody shaking Buzz's wings on the bed.

… and collision detection were the words I was looking for =)

Ryan Hayford said...

amazing work mark! my last mentor brett coderre spoke very highly of you and said you're the man to have for class 6! Very excited i managed to fall into your class, i've been following your eCrits for awhile.
looking forward to it!
rock.
ryan

Mark Oftedal said...

Brett Coderre is a great guy, you were lucky to have him as your mentor... I look forward to meeting you, Ryan!

Nayoun Charoenchai said...
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Nayoun Charoenchai said...

Hi Mark, I just love the first scene. It's just so entertaining and I won't ever get bored watching this. But I just can't stop laughing at the night shot. So funny. Maybe it's because Tom is so good at acting annoyed, but your animation is so amazing with the voice. Super awesome stuff. :D

Like Bryan, my last mentor for class5 was Brett Coderre and he told us to take your class if possible. I didn't get into your class at first, but someone wants to swap class with me. So, I'm in your class!! How Lucky am I?!? Brett would be so excited to hear about this. :D

I can't wait to be taught by you and be a better animator. So excited to meet you in Q&A tomorrow Mark!

Best,
Nayoun

Kris Staber said...

beatiful stuff mark !

yamasaki said...

Doug Sweetland told us brazilian guys that you are the greatest pixar animator ever had. Congrats on your awesome reel!

Mark Oftedal said...

Yamasaki, was Doug drinking too much cachaca when he said that? He's too kind, but thanks for saying so.

Joshua Perry said...

Pretty awesome stuff! Inspired!

alex vaida said...

hi mark !

i'm posting very late, my apologies - i did see the reel when you made it public.
i can't get enough of you short film. i watched it many, many, many times.

fantastic work, Sir !

David said...

That "you are a child's plaything" shot in Toy Story 1, is one of my all-time faves, a classic piece of good acting.

Drew Rilett said...

Awesome Reel Mark!! You animated some of my favourite shots from those movies. Have a great term at AM.

Grant Cahill said...

What a fun and memorable reel! Your ability to convey emotion is incredibly well done. I loved the humor in the movement of the circus performers from Bugs Life, "I'm a flower with nothing interesting to say".