The Michael Smith Computer Animation Website has updated to a frames format. If you do not see buttons to my Animations, 3D images, VW Transformer video, and other art work at the top and side of this page, click here.
Thanks for visiting -Mike Smith, Computer Artist
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October 20, 2003
(Okay so they're actually old ones you've never seen before.)
Broke the Animation page of my website into sections. One for my spare time animations, one for Wizmo's Workshop animations and the last for my Revenant animations. Added 5 "new" animations I did for Wizmo's Workshop. They should be great new additions to the Stupidvideos.com webpage as I think all my other Wizmo animations have been featured on that website.
September 28, 2003
Well, finally got the website back up to the point is was before I moved. All the animation links should be fixed and working now. I'll try to get some more animations up and going in the coming days as I've got a little extra bandwidth, so check back later.
Oh, and just to keep an old joke running, the 2D Images section is still being worked on.
Welcome and thanks for visiting!!!
August 5, 2003
Wow, been really busy lately with work, first time I've even looked at my website in a couple months. Feels soooo good to be employed again. We are in the final stretch of the game Whiplash and it will be out before Christmas. Also been becoming a Maya user these past few months, so I've now had to learn what gimble lock is and how to deal with it. At least by learning new software I feel like I've learned a whole lot more about the computer animation process and set up though.
You may have noticed that a lot of my video clips are offline. The problem is I've run out of webspace. My current ISP only gives me 25 megs to work with. If anyone knows of some good, preferably free webspace hosting somewhere shoot me an email.
And speaking of email, sorry to all of you who have taken the time to send me some awesome emails. My typing skills aren't all that (I'm more a hunt and peck typist) so it takes me a long time to type replies for them, and time is one thing I don't have right now. I do read all the letters and they do help me to keep me inspired on those days when I feel I have no skills and should look for a new line of work. I'll do my best to try and respond, but no guarantees.
June 17, 2003
One Year Anniversary!!!
Alright so it's a couple weeks late but I've been pretty busy lately. Anyways to celebrate I thought I would post a new version of an old animation. For a while now people have been asking for an better quality version of the VW transformer, so here it is. A near DVD quality version of the VW to celebrate it's one year on the web.
This is I version I did for my demo tape and it's slightly different from the original. It's a huge 4.7 megs, so it's not as 56k friendly as the old 1.5 Meg one but it is much better resolution. It also has new sound done by the amazing Tim Benson at Rainbow, so turn your speakers up really loud (especially if you have subwoofers).
June 16, 2003
Hmmmm....it seems traffic at my website has picked up lately, I wonder if it could have anything to do with this..
Holy cow, a new Transformer movie! AMAZING!!!
And just to answer the emails I've been getting lately, no I'm not working on the film (see June 13), but I'd like to think I helped inspire it in some little way. I'm just a fan like the rest of you, here's to hoping the film actually gets the green light and made.
June 13, 2003
Wow it's been a hectic last few weeks for me. I recently moved from Phoenix, AZ to San Mateo, CA near the San Francisco area (so now I get to pay double the rent for what the same apartment in Phoenix would cost, joy). I work at Crystal Dynamics animating for their new game Whiplash (coming this Christmas to a Playstation2/Xbox near you). Wait till you see it, there's tons of fun stuff in it.
June 8, 2003
Alright, one year after the launch of my website and how do a celebrate the anniversary? By having the site go down of course. Website went offline due to me changing website host because I moved to my new job in California. For now none of my video links work, but I'll try to get them back up and working in the next few days. Plus I'll update you guys on my new location and new job. Oh and my email address has changed as well...talk to you in a bit.
April 5, 2003
Just some little tweaks on the website...got rid of the DIVX avi videos on the Animations page because of some people not being able to watch them. So all the videos are MPG format now. The quality is not quite as good, but it frees up a lot of my webspace (so I can post more animations).
March 31, 2003
Another new animation as I finish up material for a new reel. I wanted to change things up a bit and do a more "realistic" animation after doing a couple of "over the top" cartoony animations (you know, trying to show my "range").
You can check it out on the Animations page.
March 26, 2003
You can check it out on the Animations page.
March 12, 2003
It features my kid model (which I had yet to do anything with), let me know how you like it.
You can view it on the Animations page.
February 27, 2003
Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated my site, but oh what an update it is. The reason it's been so long is I've been very busy doing animations for Realm Interactive's new game (it's going to be amazing), but I've just recently finished there and find myself looking for work again, oh boy...
I've totally changed the look of my site, I hope Schimpf forgives me 'cause I pretty much stole his web design because I loved it so much (he's much better at this design stuff then I am).
I think the site is pretty much debugged, it uses frames now, don't know if that will be a problem for anyone and it looks a little messed up in windows smaller than 1024x768, but other than that I think it's good to go.
Let me know what you think of the new design.
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