Kazuto Nakazawa is a Japanese character designer and director of numerous anime series and video games who also goes by the pseudonym Takeshi Tsuji (according to Wikipedia). It came to my attention today that he’s been an animator for a lot of shorts I appreciate. This list includes:

Story and music aside, I really like this style of animation. Particularly in ‘Kill Bill vol.1’ and ‘A Kid’s Story’. Even though I’ve focused primary on 3d animation, I’d really like to learn 2d and develop a similar style.

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In the summer/fall of 2011, I was given the awesome opportunity to work with the Canadian Film Center’s Media Labs, and help develop a thought-controlled video game called The Quetzal. I was contracted to both rig and animate characters for this interactive story, having it completed for Nuit Blanche. Residents from all over the GTA had a chance to view, and experiment with this experience, and received good reactions.Both producers, Mike Evask & Mark Thoburn have decided to go forward with the technology and start developing their next project. If you’re interested in learning more about The Quetzal, or the technology, check out this interview. They also have a Facebook page too.

 

According to the Mayan calendar, 2012 is the end of the world, but it’s also the offical start to my career in game development. You could argue that it’s already begun; currently working on projects, particpating in events/jams, or networking entirely. However, this year I’ll be gradudating George Brown’s game development program, and I’ll be looking to begin my own adventure. Since the Toronto Indie Guys Podcast has an offical new space, I’ve decided to change my website a bit. Hoping to make it more profressional, seperate for blog & portfolio, and overall easier to navigate. I’ll be posting more, and have a fully functional portfolio to show people. This post is dedicated to a fresh start, and a continutation of many good things to come.

Cheers,

Art

Gamercamp L3 was amazing this year! If you weren’t able to come out, you missed a lot. I loved the atmosphere, the talks, the games, everything. It’s going to take a while for me to write up a proper blog post about this awesome event, but here are some public articles about L3. That’s Max & I from the Toronto Indie Guys podcast on the image cover of the A.V. Club piece.

The Toronto Indie Guys will also be interviewing Gamercamp organizers, Mark Rabo, & Jaime Woo for a special post-mordem on L3.

Heskey – The Powerhouse!

November 22, 2011

The joke is that he sucks.