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Wesley Chandler

                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    

Wesley Chandler

Welcome to Wesley Chandler's website. I am an Animator and Freelance Cinematographer
in the Greater Vancouver area. I am committed to keep helping others,
learning more, and being a good asset to the film and television industry.

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Animation Reel Summer 2012 from Wesley Chandler on Vimeo.







Next Project: Independence Day: Resurgence!

Here is a first look of the cast in the new project I’ll be working on!

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Goosebumps! The movie!

Releasing on October 16th! Check it out in theatres! This show was one of the most difficult shows I have ever worked on. I’ve never pulled hours where I was working from 9 am to 5am (19 hour work day?) and consistently leaving work anywhere between 10pm and 5am for 4 months straight. Although all the long hours, it was a fun project to work on. A lot of amazing creature animation and hero work. Everyone on the team got a chance to do some really cool stuff! It was also a great time to bond with an amazing crew. It felt like we went through a war together and came out a close family =).

This was also my first animation job as a Lead Animator. It was a great experience learning from such an amazing Animation Supervisor Jason Snyman! And learning to bridge the gap between client request and our fellow animators. Hopefully everyone enjoyed working together as much as I have! Go check it out in theatres! It should a be fun halloween movie. =)

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Website blog back alive?

Well look at this!  Seems like WordPress had made this automatic update that fixed my website!  For the last 2 years I wasn’t able to log into the administration page to post things.  Now that I’m back, I might start backlogging some blog post about all the changes the past two years!

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Bardel: Veggie Tales in the House : Rigging Modeling!

Wow! What an experience it has been! It was one weekday I went to go visit my wife, Calista Chandler, at lunch time where the Line Producer, Tini Wider, came running up to me and said ‘Wesley! I heard you can rig! Can you start Monday?’. To be honest, I haven’t rigged in years and only learnt what I did in school. But I told her I’d come and try to help out as best I can and take on the easy mundane tasks. It was the period where Aaron Hempler, who was my rigging supervisor and good friend needed extra help. I quickly learnt a lot from him on rigging and was able to assist him. After a month went by, my proposed contract was up, but they end up extending me another month, and then another month, until I ended up staying at Bardel for 6 months. During this time, I had the awesome pleasure to work with Melt Van der Spuy and Jan Zgiet, who taught me so much on programming in Python. I even then had the opportunity to help out in the modeling department and learnt tons from Warren Dowson who was the Modeling Supervisor.

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Finished on Amazing Spiderman 2

Here is the trailer for the up coming Amazing Spiderman 2. It was a blast to work on, and we learnt a lot about physics with our animation supervisor David Schaub. He really helped us focus on accuracy and broke a lot of myths about gravity.

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Good e-Reader Intro Video

Over the summer as well, I had worked on a short freelance project to create an intro video to the company ‘Good e-Reader’. They wanted to follow a similar Pixar style intro, so I came up with this. I finished the modeling, shading, rigging, animation, lighting, and dust fx compositing within a month of work. The foley sound design just finished. Here is the final product!

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David and Vionna’s Wedding Video

Over the summer, we had the pleasure to film David and Vionna’s Wedding.  It was such a beautiful wedding filled with singing, dancing, games, and a heart touching ceremony.  We were happy to be apart of it and very happy for the two of them!  Here is the wedding highlight video:

David & Vionna’s Wedding Highlights from Wesley Calista Chandler on Vimeo.

More of our wedding video work located here

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On to the Amazing Spiderman 2!

At the beginning of summer, we finished the bulk of animation for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I was fortunate enough to have 2 months off over the summer.

As soon as I finished Cloudy2, after several years of waiting and deciding, I took the opportunity to do laser eye surgery with my time off.  It turned out to be a very successful procedure with vision better than 20/20 and a fast recovery time.

Following the 2 weeks of recovery, my wife and I went to Comic-Con for our first time with free industry professional badges. It was quite an event, a place where you end up walking a lot! We even found the cloudy 2 crew walking around outside of the convention centre.

Over the summer we also shot a few weddings, an engagement shoot, and a couple maternity shoots. You can see them all at our WesleyCalista website. Here are some photos:

At the end of August and a busy summer, I am back at work at Sony working on the upcoming movie Amazing Spiderman 2.

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Spartan Race during Cloudy 2 Crunch!

In the midst of trying to finish the new movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, we did a 5 km obstacle race!  It was a good way to keep a little bit active during our 12 hours a day work schedule!  Here is a little video I compiled of the event featuring some of the Sony crew who participated!

Sony Imageworks Spartan Race 2013 from Wesley Calista Chandler on Vimeo.

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Oz: The Great and Powerful is an Anim wrap!

Since the start of April of 2012, I have been on this project for 8 months it has been a pretty crazy and difficult roller coaster ride. By the time we reached the end leg of the project, we were working from 70 – 85 hours a week, getting up to 7 days a week! Now that I have come to the last day on this project, I look back and realize how much of a ‘family’ we have become! With all my co-workers, co-ordinators, leads, and anim director, we stuck to it together for more time then we did at home. And in the end I think we were able to bring together a movie worth watching!

I’d also like to thank Sony Pictures Image works for giving us the morale support we needed. Getting us breakfast and lunch and dinners, as well as those occasional coffee from JJ Bean and other coffee shops, and the masseuse at the end of the project so that our backs don’t break! It really helped to keep us going… especially the coffee =)

 

I for one will be looking forward to seeing Oz: The Great and Powerful on the big screen!
What a great team to work with!

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