Saturday, February 23, 2008


Choose below where you would like to go.

Student Films
Bear Food:

The Jellyfish Girl

Computer Animation:

Scout's New Legs (Karl Gnass Storyboard assignment Oct. 2008)


Pencil Tests:


Blogger the plummer said...

haha, is that reused paper for the dog animation? lawlz, i totally do that. and that little girl animation is fantastically cute. =)

May 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mike Caracappa said...

Yup, it's reused paper. With limited resources, go with whatcha got I guess :)

Thanks for the kind words

May 24, 2008 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger C. L. DeMedeiros said...



September 8, 2008 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hi Mike,

thanks for stopping by my blog!

The project I'm currently working on is an animation short called Slim Pickings! You can see the progress at!


January 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Michael Shell said...

Words can't describe how inadequate my drawings feel now after seeing stuff like that.

Keep the great work coming Mike. I'm clicking your Follower button

March 1, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger sean said...

Hey, your animation is really fantastic, i mean it's really really great. Where are you working? You must be working for Disney or Dreamworks, right? You handled the deer moving away from camera very nicely, and that's very hard to do. I just stumbled across your stuff expecting nothing, and i was pleasantly surprised at your nicely crafted work. Well done.


July 14, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger RTTIGER said...

Man........that is some good shit!

July 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger sean said...

Well, you should, your stuff is really good.I was hoping you could tell me how to break into the biz, I've been out of school for about 3 years and i still live at home with my parents. It totally sucks living at home, most of my friends are working in the business and none of them have been able to help me out. Maybe I'm not cut out for animation. i really never was that good. Anyway, thanks for the nice work, I enjoyed your stuff.

July 21, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mike Caracappa said...

Sean, I have news for you...I'm in exactly the same boat as you. Its been three years since I graduated from Cal Arts and I'm currently living at home with my parents. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being in that situation, and I've had plenty of times where I tried to make my own escape attempts, tried to get a job at the studios, and tried to find a way to catch up with all of my friends.
It's not that you're not cut out for animation, it's just maybe at this current moment you may not be ready for it yet. I know that considering I'm not working in animation, I will still have a career in that feild regardless of my current situation. I love animation too much that I could never fully give up on it.
What I'm actually using the time for now is to persue other personal interests.

I discovered recently I have an interest in painting, and I've painted a few cartoon murals on my own in the last few months ( I don't know where painting murals is leading me, but I am kind of excited by it because it's teaching me a lot about color, drawing, and design. I also like it because I believe this is something I'm good at, so I'm actually motivated to keep going with it. Because I know taking a a chance and letting myself have this experience is bound to take me somewhere. I've also decided to take more anatomical life drawing classes, not to force my drawing to get better, but it's developed in me a love of anatomy and the human body. Sometimes I find a seminars and just take it because it's about something I like.

There are other things I want to do in my lifetime while I still can. I've always wanted to work in theme park design and imagineering. Saying I'm going to do other things doesn't mean I'm giving up on animation. But what I do know is that if I just follow what interests me, all of that knowledge and enthusiasim is going to support me when I am ready to go back into animation. There is no need to strain yourself trying to "break into the business". If whatever your doing is starting to feel like 'hard work' instead of something you enjoy doing, then it might be a good idea to step back and decide what it is you would like to be doing. Even if it seems silly to everyone else. All of Jim Hensons friends kept complaining when he would take his theater background seriously and stop playing with those damn puppets all the time ;)
I personally want to create my own webcomic. I also want to eventually write a book...about Disneyland. That might sound silly to a person on the outside, but if you're doing something that's motivated by your own inner passion, then you are more likely to have the life and career you've always wanted. And it will be because you are doing something that simply makes you happy.

July 22, 2009 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Mike Caracappa said...

So don't worry about getting into animation right away. This may be your time to just live your life and find something that enjoy doing. Also, the added advantage to living at home is that you can try things and still have something to fall back on in case it doesn't work out. But you will eventually come around. I think deep down everyone is much stronger than they realize. And the secret is to just let yourself know that you are great, no matter what you decide to do in your life.

If you need help deciding what you want for yourself, sit down and make a list of all the things in life you would love to have for yourself, and make those dreams as bold and crazy as you want. Another idea is to write down what you want, put it on flash cards and stick it on a bullitan board. You can call this your "Vision Board". Doing this is essentially sending smoke signals up to the universe. You're letting it know your interested, and it wants to help you. In doing this, you will find that if you continue to live your life, stay in the present, and open your eyes and ears, opportunities will start coming to you...and you won't nessicerily have to chase them all the time. The universe is there and it's more than willing to help you. You just have to let it know that you're interested :)

July 22, 2009 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger sean said...

Thanks, Mike, that's some really solid advice. Living at home has it's drawbacks,though. I have to walk on eggshells whenever Barbara's home, and my dad is soooooooo laaaaame. I think I can do animation, and I keep wondering if i should have gone to a
school that specialized in that field, or even offered one animation course. I went to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and majored in water conservation and landscape technique. I'm also 41 years old and before I went back to school, I worked at a pig farm in Bakersfield. If I don't get into the business soon, I'll just have to wait until I inherit my dads house. Hopefully he won't leave much to Barbara; they've only been married for a few years and she's only a little older than i am. My dad's very old, though and he always eats a ton of carbs, so who knows. Are you in your parents will?

July 27, 2009 at 2:18 PM  

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