Category Archives: BYU Animation Project

Amiens Cathedral: City of God

This is my senior project for my BYU Animation BFA. The project was to create the Cathedral in Amiens, France using 3D technology. This was built primarily in Houdini, with some early modeling in Maya. The final renders were composited in Nuke and the video was edited in After Effects. Continue reading “Amiens Cathedral: City of God” »

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Stop Motion Animation

Here is a stop motion animation I did recently for a school project. The sound clip comes from the and is a short bit from Dr. Who.

I’ve never done any stop motion animation before so this was a real treat. I wouldn’t mind doing more of this in the future!

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Quint, the Turtle

About a year ago I did this animation for an Intro to 3D Animation class. For some reason it makes me laugh, kind of like Aardman Animation’s “Creature Comforts.”

Well, recently I thought I’d revisit it to make it more presentable. I went back in and tried to make the textures a little more turtle-like and less plasticky. The animation is still a bit Muppet-like, but oh well.


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Houdini Shader Programming Final Project

Today I turned in my final project for my Shader Programming class. The project was to take a picture and insert a CG model into it and “Shade” it (jargon for texturing and applying a surface material) so that it looks like it belongs in the scene.

So here’s a test. Don’t scroll down too soon, just look at the image below and see if you can tell which object in the scene isn’t real.

Ok, so can you tell what was inserted?
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Character Design – Animals

The next two assignments we had were to study animal anatomy and then do characters from those animals. They were to sill be animal-like–unlike Disney’s Robin Hood–and the viewers were supposed to answer certain questions about them about their characters.

Some of the questions were:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Personality
  • History
  • Current Story
  • Favorite Movie
  • If they got incorrect change at a store, how would they react.
  • How would THEY react if they met YOU in a dark alley.

So, here is what I came up with:

Obviously, the worst part of this is the hookah. Should have spent more time on it.


This one just made me laugh.

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