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Jeff Gabor Ice Age 3 walkthrough videos

Posted on July 10, 2009  11 Comments
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Comparison Reel

Comparison Reel

He did it again! If you missed Annie nominated Jeff Gabor‘s “Horton hears a who” comparison reel, make sure you check out his new Ice Age 3 comparison reel and …. something I had never seen before, a day by day shot walkthrough so you can check how he goes from layout to final polish step by step in 33 days.

Some people might be surprised by the density of his stepblocking or how long it took to finish that great 11 seconds shot but that’s what it takes to create outstanding shots. I wonder how he felt about the change of soundtrack in the movie though.

Just like Horton, watching the shot frame by frame without the motion blur or fur simulation is a pure delight.

Thanks Jeff!

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11 Responses to “Jeff Gabor Ice Age 3 walkthrough videos”

  1. daniel on July 11th, 2009 01:33

    hey oliver
    thats great to see the evoluion reel, very inspiring.
    33 days to do this shot. its amazing.
    Very nice to see the poses in the turn, He really pushed those poses to the limit, and it works brillantly.
    thanks for sharing, thanks to Jeff as well

  2. daniel on July 11th, 2009 07:20

    what does he mean for “defining transitions”, day 9. Just before he gets the blocking approved.

  3. Akif on July 15th, 2009 23:54

    Oh!I can’t wiew it.It says ”Forbidden” :(

  4. Mike on July 16th, 2009 13:20

    Hi there,it looks good but when I click link,I got this:

    You don’t have permission to access to this document on this server.
    Apache Server at”

  5. michael on July 17th, 2009 06:29

    “defining transitions” means he’s working on the inbetweening between the main story telling poses.

  6. Olivier Ladeuix on July 17th, 2009 10:20

    hehe yeah Michael might know better than I do what Jeff means ;-)

    I would have said this is when you go from blocking to “blocking +” like we say at Animation Mentor or IP for Pixar(In Progress).

    One thing that doesn’t come across clearly in that video is the preparation and constant feedback with the director. Before going into blocking and Blocking +, I am pretty sure Jeff explained to his director using thumbnails or video references where he wanted to go with the shot from day1. I don’t think an animator would work for 10 days before showing his work to anyone.

  7. Olivier Ladeuix on July 17th, 2009 10:21

    Akif and Mike the video is working on my side right now

  8. daniel on July 17th, 2009 10:37

    Thnaks guys
    I would imagine this but just to be sure, so its adding inbteewns by himself not leaving any work to the computer..thats great..
    it’s an amaizing shot, isn’t. must be hard work on 20 sec for 32 days, respect.

  9. Olivier Ladeuix on July 18th, 2009 11:20

    oh yeah DMCA, you want to leave the computer do as little work as possible. Animators like to say that the computer is the worst inbetweener.

    At work here at “2 minutes”, I have two animators who only animate hands and spine in IK. This pretty much requires to animate on Ones. I also did some work at Rare where I animated on Ones at 60 fps but that was a bit insane ;-)

  10. Akif on July 19th, 2009 05:02

    Now,yes it’s working for me too.It’s great!Thanks for sharing.

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