It is finally here! My first ever fully CG, animated short film. This was a group project done throughout this past semester with 3 of my good friends and classmates. We worked really hard throughout the semester and learned SO MUCH while creating this film. There was a lot of headaches and stress and there are certainly some issues with the project but never the less we are proud of what we accomplished and are looking forward to our next film and hope to improve even more!


Happy Holidays and Updates!

Hey everyone! First of all happy holidays to everyone. Its been a little bit since I’ve posted something but that is the life of a busy college student at the end of the semester.

Luckily that is over for a few weeks and I get some time to relax at home with family and friends. However, not all the work has stopped. Next semester is my first time attempting to make full cg short animated film with 3 other of my fellow animation students. We decided that the 15 week semester is not long enough to get the absolute best product that we could accomplish so we started preproduction work the last two weeks of the fall semester and have made goals to accomplish stuff over this winter break!

I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for this project and have been working quite a bit already. So please stay tuned because in the next few months this blog is going to be getting lots of updates with the progress of the film! For now, however, I’ll leave everyone with a very early look at the beginnings of one of the environments thats going to be in the film– currently titled “WITHIN”.

Stay tuned…..


Recent Work

Well, its the end of my semester and my classes are all requiring our final projects to be turned in. I’m currently in a Digital Lighting and Rendering class at the moment and for my final project it was open ended. The only requirements were that it look at photorealistic as possible.

I decided to light and texture a living room scene. The model was provided by Digital-Tutors, I do not enjoy modeling at all so I decided not to model the scene which was allowed for this class.

Ambient Occlusion Render

Final Beauty Pass

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well it’s Thanksgiving and I’m home for a few days from school. Sadly, I have quite a bit of school work that needs to be done even on my break. However, as I wait for all the food to be ready and family to arrive, I decided I would make a short blog post. I hope everyone else has a wonderful holiday and is thankful for something!

Now I’m going to leave you with a video of an absolutely fantastic stop-motion animation. I saw this about a week ago and shared it with my friends at school, now I figured I’d share it with any of my blog readers! It is very inspiring and I can only imagine how much work this had to of taken. I’ve always been a fan of stop-motion animation and am now even considering dabbling in making some on my own after seeing this film.


Much needed update

Well, to start off… sorry for such a long delay between posts. My last post was right before my fall semester of school started up. It has been WAY to long. I have had a very busy and exciting semester!

As the semester is starting to wind down to the last 4 weeks or so, my final projects for many of my classes are beginning to take up more and more of my time. However, I get to head home for Thanksgiving break and see my family which is always nice.

A brief overview on what I have been up to these last couple of months. First and foremost, I have been trying to work on as much Character Animation as time allows while still making sure to get my actual school assignments done. I’m not in an actual animation class at the moment but I’m taking a Digital Lighting and Rendering course and have learned quite a bit about this topic. Next semester will be my first class in Motion for Computer Animation as well as my first time working with a group of students to create an animated short film!

Now for some exciting news! Thanks to the opportunities of going to a well-known school like Purdue University, I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Bob Peterson of Pixar! He is actually a Purdue Alumnus. It was great getting to sit down and talk to him with a few fellow animation students and my professors! He is an extremely interesting person and his visit was very inspiring!

I’ve also gotten the chance to meet and talk to representatives from DreamWorks Animation that came out to our school for a couple of days and gave a talk as well. One of the speakers is also a Purdue Alumnus from just a couple of years ago so it was nice getting to speak to a fellow Boilermaker who works in the industry that I hope to work in someday soon!

I’ve currently gotten a few animated shots done in my spare time that can been seen on my progress reel over at http://www.mattsackley.com Most of them are thanks to the helpful material over at Digital-Tutors. My absolute goal for the year is to get a respectable demo reel made to try my hand at applying for animation internships at any studio that will take me for the summer. My major goal is the Disney Associates program whose deadline is April 20th. It’s a long shot but I want to have a goal to work towards!

Well I’ve rambled enough… I hope to have some more interesting content up soon. I’m sorry for not posting for so long. It feels good to get back to blogging though, I really should not have taken such a long break!


Hello everyone and welcome to the Walking Ball Blog. If you interested in animation both 2D and 3D, you have come to the write place. I myself am a student character animator who is currently pursuing a degree in animation. On here you will likely find any sort of progress that I am making along the way, as well as all sorts posts regarding interesting resources, articles, books etc. that I happen to have found. Please feel free to take a look around and stay tuned for new posts coming soon.

Thank you,

Matt Sackley