Wind-Up Smasher of Oz

This is a nice rendered still of the wind-up smasher of Oz. In the storyline of The Journey of Oz he is wound up by the wind-up birds. His only desire is to smash all in his path.

The Wind-Up Bird

The Wind-Up Bird character from The Journey of Oz was never actually in the original Oz books. I was read the The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the time by Haruki Murakami. This was a little nod to that author while I was putting this animation idea together. In the story the Tin Woodsman winds up […]

Journey of Oz

This is a rendered image from the Journey of Oz. In this shot the Wind-Up Smasher of Oz is chasing the heros of the story–TikTok, Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodsman. The backdrop is a miniature I built out of foam, plaster, and random parts. At this point I’m not planning on finishing the animation, so […]

Trio of Oz Progress and Rename

My animation is moving along nicely now. I have 50 seconds of shots completed. If any of my readers have done any animation, they will know that that’s some good progress. The way I decided to structure this animation was to have hand-built miniatures with CG characters animated on top of still images. This technique […]

The Journey of Oz Props

I’ve been going through my storyboards and making all those little props that I drew for my little characters to use. Luckily these aren’t taking too long to do and will only be featured for a few shots. Rust Resistant Umbrella Axe Specially Formulated Oil Can by H. M. Wogglebug All-Purpose Drying Fan (Slightly Used) […]

Tinman Render

I always joke with my wife about having ADD when it comes to projects. Maybe I’ll actually finish this Oz animation that I’ve been working on for probably 5 years now.

Miniatures!

I forgot to post these. I’ve been working on my Trio of Oz miniature set. I’ve actually made more progress than this, but I’ll probably hold off posting any more until I finish. I’m hoping to be done by next week so I can start photographing it for real. I’ve also been re-working the storyboards. […]

Poor Tiktok

Poor TikTok! Was tweaking Smasher’s rig and I decided to do a quick render. I’m really liking the way these rigs have turned out. Smasher’s hands now stay put on the hammer, and I have 2 goals that I move around to adjust the hammer rig. The hands stay rotated and fixed on it, and […]

Trees for the Miniature

I’m nearly done with all the models for my animation so I’ve started working on getting the miniature I’m animating on up to par. I decided that the clockworld was too bare and needed some nice little foliage to give it some depth. Here are some trees that I’m working on for it. Floral wire […]

The Wind-up Bird

I got the rig done for my wind-up bird! Rather than another boring picture of a rig here’s a new render of the model. I tweaked the texture too. I finally also figured out how to tweak the ambient occlusion shader the way I wanted to in Lightwave.

TikTok Re-Rigging

I’ve successfully re-rigged TikTok. He’s a lot easier to pose now. I’m so glad that Lightwave updated and rewrote its rigging system. This pose took no time at all to achieve. Some of the technical hurdles on TikTok involved the fact that his waist needs to stretch and move while the two halves of his […]

Smasher

I will crush you! I finally got this rig working. So far it works like a charm. I’ve been having a lot of troubles with Lightwave’s rigging system. I’ve been playing around a lot with different methods for putting a system together. The problem is that there aren’t any good tutorials out there on Lightwave […]

The Trio of Oz Schedule

I’m getting really excited. I’m getting close to finishing up all the characters for my first scene. I think I will be animating by this summer! I started up this project in 2006 crazy enough. I’ve not been actively working on it all of that time of course. It had fallen by the wayside but […]

TikTok and Other Oz Friends

Make sure and click the links to see the unsquished images. I didn’t shrink these down before posting. TikTok is nearly done. I’m finishing up on his texturing. I’ve just got to redo his mustache and finish up on some final detail work. I still need to do his backside more thoroughly too. The wind-up […]

Scarecrow Explained

I had a few people asking me about my scarecrow character so I figured I would make a post about him. Scarecrow in the books was always the one with the brains who could figure things out. He also briefly ruled the Land of Oz until Ozma took over. He’s afraid of fire, and water […]

The Animation Survival Kit

As I am working on all of the collateral for The Trio of Oz I’m doing my research. I am currently reading The Animation Survival Kit by Richard Williams (Animation Director of Roger Rabbit). It’s amazing how reading some text is so enlightening. The animation on The Tin Woodsman was extremely elementary. I got the […]