Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TAAFI 2016

Interestingly enough, over the 6 years I've been immersed in the animation world, I've never experienced an animation event. I've been at Sheridan for 4 years now and am officially done school (which is crazy! I'll speak more to that later), and in all that time I've never felt the need to experience TAAFI or any other animation event.

I was given the opportunity to go to TAAFI this past weekend with my friend, Becca (check out her awesome work here!), and it made me realize what a foolish decision it was to pass on it for so long. I only went for one day, but in that day I was able to connect with so many industry professionals in a friendly environment.

When I arrived I was a tad overwhelmed. I'm not at my most confident when it comes to selling myself, as many artists can relate to. We're a breed that prefers to be behind the scenes, more often than not. After settling down, I managed to work up the nerve to chat with some of the people manning the different studio booths, and was met with nothing but positivity.

I was also able to attend two lectures that day. One by Allison Rutland of Pixar (and also a Sheridan Alumni), and one by a panel of short film makers, consisting of Marv Newland, Michael Rianda, Michel Gagne, Rob Silvestri, and Eric Goldberg. As a character animation fanatic, I was obviously most thrilled to hear Eric talk. For those who aren't aware, I was fortunate enough to be mentored by Eric during my time at Disney, and this was the first time I had seen him since my internship. We discussed his role on Moana, as well as his most recent work, this Simpsons Couch gag. It was fantastic getting to reconnect with someone so influential to my career as an artist.

(See if you can spot Becca and I!)

I was actually fortunate enough to see Allison's talk twice, as she also gave a lecture at Sheridan a few days prior. I was pleased to see there were some small differences in each talk, so I was able to get every morsel of information she so kindly provided. Her talk was much more practical than the Birth of a Short Film talk, I found, as it was more about workflow. Allison is an incredible CG animator responsible for the bulk of Riley's emotional scenes in Inside Out, and she was recognized for that by ASIFA when she won an Annie Award this year for her contributions. She has a nuanced understanding of subtlety in animation. I learned a lot about texture, muscle tension, and performance during her talk.

I think the coolest part of TAAFI was in its reminder that the industry is so incredibly small. I saw so many familiar faces, people I've known for years, people I've met once or twice, and a host of Sheridan classmates. It was a really fun time!

Stay tuned for an obligatory "I've graduated!!" post coming soon!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Third Year Film

Overcast [Sheridan Third Year Film 2015] from Carly Dziob on Vimeo.


Here's my third year group film!

It was super fun, and we were one of the few groups who essentially went through the whole year without any inter-personal issues.

For those interested in what I animated, the most notable shots would be the opening shot of the rabbit, the two kids looking at the clouds as the camera rotates, the squid exploding the train, the robot deflecting lighting, and the main clouds blowing away all the dark clouds (lets try to not get into the intricacies and politics of the cloud world and why certain clouds are sentient and others aren't). I wish I was able to animate more, but I was also the head of animation for the project, and so my time was largely spent assisting others.

I was mostly found animating on this film, but my biggest responsibility outside of that was cloud character design. Below you'll find some of the vis dev and character design I was responsible for.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chef Animation Test

Chef Test from Omar Elhindi on Vimeo.

Here's something I debated on including in my reel for the summer of 2014, but decided against it. Either way I think it would be nice for it to see the light of day in all of its poorly rendered glory.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


So once again, it's been a while. This summer has been a very interesting one for me, as I was given the incredible opportunity to work on my first feature film, while still being able to return to my fourth year at school this September.

I was fortunate enough to be animating on Hotel Transylvania 2 at SPI, where I interned during the summer of my first year at school. It seemed fitting that my first internship gave way to my first real job. Obviously I'm not able to share any of the work I contributed quite yet, but be sure to see it in theaters this September! I'll be sure to post my (small) contributions to the film as soon as I'm able.

As far as my third year film, my group and I are involved in several smaller festivals and are waiting on the OK to put the film online. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Third Year Preview

So I'm saving the majority of my third year related stuff for when the thing is done this April, but until then here's a bit of exploratory work I did. Both of these are radically different takes on how our film (about clouds) could look.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Action Analysis

Action Analysis from Omar Elhindi on Vimeo.

This is my third year action analysis. I really don't have anything else to say to make this make any sense. All I will say is that the screams are from a goat.