Japan and Overwatch by Hunter Grant

On October 22, I will be in Tokyo, Japan along with several of my fellow Blizzard peeps, to give a talk on Overwatch. Ricardo Biriba and myself will be speaking on how we create the animation for the Overwatch Shorts. While Seth Thompson and Steven Chen will be talking about how we created our original Overwatch Announcement piece and how our departments evolution. Thanks to Taka Yasuda and Seth Thompson for organizing it all.

You can find the link to our talk here.

Overwatch Shorts are finally coming out! by Hunter Grant

After a very long journey we are finally here. Countless tests and prototypes and a lot of people working very hard to get us here today. Overwatch will be released to the public on May 24th. For those of you who are not part of our Beta, I can assure you it is a fantastic game. We cannot stop playing it at the office. 

Also part of our roll out to the world we have begun to release our Overwatch Shorts of which I have been lucky enough to be a part of. 

Our first offering is "Recall" where I got to be the Animation Lead/Supervisor on. Directed by Ben Dai.

 

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Our second up is "Alive" where my counter part Ricardo Biriba was the Animation Lead/Supervisor. Directed by Jeramiah Johnson.

 

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Our third offering is "Dragons" where I again got to be the Animation Lead/Supervisor on. Directed by Ben Dai.

 

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Our fourth up is "Hero" where my counter part Ricardo Biriba was the Animation Lead/Supervisor. Directed by Jeramiah Johnson.

 

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Our Intro to Overwatch is "Are You With Us?" where my counter part Ricardo Biriba was the Animation Lead/Supervisor. Directed by Aaron Chan.

 

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Our fifth is "The Lastion Bastion" where I began as the Animaiton Lead/Supvisor but, just as we got the show off the ground I went on paternity leave. So I handed the show over to Ricardo Biriba for the majority of the production. He did a fantastic job with our amazing team of animators as usual. Directed by Ben Dai.

 

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Our sixth offering is "Infiltration" where I again got to be the Animation Lead/Supervisor on. Directed by Doug Gregory.

 

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This teaser, "We Are Overwatch," was released prior to the launch of Overwatch. We were working on this at the same time as "Recall." Animation Lead/Supervisor, Ricardo Biriba. Directed by Jeff Chamberlain.

 

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Lastly, here is the original announcement piece we did for Blizzcon 2014.  Animaiton Lead/Supvisor, Ricardo Biriba. Directed by Jeff Chamberlain.

GDC 2016! by Hunter Grant

This year I will be heading to GDC for only 2 days. March 14th-15th. If anyone would like to meet up please let me know. My only real free time will be the afternoon/evening of the 14th. Sadly I will miss the rest of the show. 

Finland and NGS! by Hunter Grant

I will be heading to Finland and the Northern Game Summit in about a week. I will also be visiting three Universities to give Lectures and Animation Workshops. I will be at Aalto University on September 28th, Kajaani University (KAMK) on October 5th, and Oulu University (OAMK) on October 6th.

If you happen to be at the NGS this year, I will be speaking on October 2nd at 11:20 in Hall 2.

 

Best Lecture Ever! by Hunter Grant

 @SplineSurfer and @tomjech

@SplineSurfer and @tomjech

A big thank you to all the students at BGSU (and on the web) who came out to listen to Tomas Jech and me talk and ramble for 3 hours. We had so much fun! 

If you missed the lecture you can watch it on YouTube here.   

Thank you to Colby Wahl and CAC for putting everything together.

 

Coming to BGSU and CIA! by Hunter Grant

The brilliant Tomas Jech and I will be at BGSU and CIA from March 27th-29th (BGSU 27th & 28th, CIA 29th). We will be giving a joint Lecture and separate Workshops. Tomas will be giving his amazing brainstorming workshop, while I will be giving an animation focused workshop (split in two parts for beginners and advanced students). If you are going to be in the area feel free to swing by and check us out.