Goobies

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Brew reader Michael Losure is a graduate student at the Texas A&M Viz lab who recently finished work on a couple of projects worth a look.

The first is a 3 minute CG short, just finished, named Goobees. It’s a darkly comic film about the inner workings of a vending machine, with a senario that’s a cross between Braveheart and Candyland. Losure and his partners — Seth Freeman, Tony Piedra, Patrick O’Brien — spent 18 months making the CG short inbetween taking classes and dealing with other college obligations.

The second is a stop-motion music video for the band Motion City Soundtrack. A fellow A&M lab student, Lauren Simpson, won an mtvU contest to direct a music video. Losure became the lead animator and editor. The resulting video, It Had To Be You, is a lot of fun – and a pretty good song. Losure adds:

I’m sending the films to you because I’m proud of them as films, not because I think the actual character animation itself necessarily meets Cartoon Brew standards. I have a strong interest in animation, but my schooling and job (I’ll start an FX position at Dreamworks this summer) are more technical. The viz lab specializes in the technical side of computer graphics – and on merging artistic skills with the technical – but there is no specific coursework in animation. I don’t think we’re very well known in the animation industry as a whole (probably because we don’t usually produce animators or shorts), but a lot of our graduates end up in various TD positions at the big animation companies (Seth and Tony are now at Pixar doing rigging and matte painting, and Patrick, Lauren and I are signed with Dreamworks for lighting and FX).

Pretty good for student work at a school that doesn’t teach animation per se. Pixar and Dreamworks are lucky to get you.


  • Jenny

    Goobies was wonderful: bravo gentlemen!

  • http://billfieldtrip.blogspot.com/ Bill Field

    I am not suprised at all. This Engineering Mecca has been cranking out great artists for a while now. Aggies are best known for the jokes told about them-”How did the Aggie break his leg raking leaves? He fell out of the tree.” I am married to an Aggie with a degree in environmental Design, she has created backgrounds for a great deal of my animated work.The Beautiful Blanca G. and myself are celebrating 16 (or 4 years) of marriage on Friday (take your pick, it’s Leap Day), and she has always helped me see the beauty and richness of life both in artistic and spiritual terms, and I believe a lot of that capacity came from her education and life at A&M.
    These pieces mentioned here are really incredible, and it’s little wonder they have gone to Pixar and Dreamworks…

    Jerry, what a great post! And thanks for mentioning that it’s folks like these that see to it that A&M is becoming an incubator for animated minds!

  • red pill junkie

    Goobees was great. There’s a deep philosophical truth hidden behing all that candy :-)

  • MMiller

    Whoohoo! Gig ‘em! I graduated from A&M, but my degree is in Journalism. I am now working in the CG field writing software manuals while attending Animation Mentor.

    Nice post, thanks for sharing. I don’t know if they still do it, but the Viz Lab had an annual showcase for the students work, it was really neat to attend those.

  • http://www.jessica-plummer.com Jessica Plummer

    Both of these were very enjoyable; thanks for sharing! Goobies was very well done all around, but I especially love all the conceptual art. The scenes in the beginning were hilariously disgusting! “It had to be you” was also very attractive and well put together, despite what Losure thinks about both of these not being up to standards. Keep up the good work A&M guys!

  • http://www.goobeesfilm.com Tony

    The Vizlab still has an annual show called Vizagogo. You can find out more information about the program at
    http://www-viz.tamu.edu/

  • Rodrigo

    TONYYYYY!!!! Congrats on you guys getting some limelight!!!