Monday, November 21, 2011

Double Whammy!

Finally, here is my senior thesis film from 09, Code Monkey. I tried to keep it for the festival circuits, but never had the funds to distribute, so here it is. Enjoy!

Also, my website is now up! Check it out at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Another of my favorite animal mash-up experiments, the duckodile.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Internal Crisis, 3D animation test

My September 11 Second Club entry.

A man is having an internal crisis and talks it out with a puppet.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sword in the Stone Animation Test

Sword in the Stone from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.
A new 3D test using the Boris Rig.

This time he wants to be the hero.

Rig by Jason Ryan Animation.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Oblivion Descends" - Zeratul Fan art

I decided to do a piece to really challenge myself, and after talking to my other half I decided to go with the very character that inspired me to get into art in the first place: Zeratul. The goal with this was to push myself as much as I could through the painting process, give myself a method to work with in future projects, and to get myself to a level I could be proud of. I feel very happy to have come this far with the piece, and now I'd like to put what I've learned from it into practice with my own designs. It's a big step for me, but this piece makes me much more confident in my ability to make art the way I envision it in my mind, and to continue to make things I can be proud of.
The art you see here is my handiwork, but the character Zeratul belongs to Blizzard Entertainment.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Two Final "ARMSmasters" Shots

Here are two recently refinished shots from Mike Winn's ARMSmasters project. We've been going back through the trailer and adding shadow passes, new scenes, and even more effects. These two shots are from the original, and have gotten a nice face lift for our final (final) trailer.

ARMSmasters Kongou Zoom shot from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

An updated version of Kongou's rocket to the face shot. Now with shadows, gradients, and effects!

ARMSmasters Aeslyn Turn shot from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

Another ARMSmasters updated shot. This is the Aeslyn turn shot with shadows and a few added effects. Makes a pretty big difference!

To see the original trailer, take a look here!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

3D Animation Reel

3D Animation Reel from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

A compilation of my recent 3D animation tests, as of January 2011, compiled here for easy access.
Musical Accompaniment is "Tricky Turtle" by Blockhead

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sneak Cycle

Sneak Cycle from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

Another cycle test using the Boris Rig. This time it's the sneak!
-With shifty eyes-

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Fish License" Dialogue Test

Fish License from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

Here is a 3D animation test I've done using the Norman Rig, to take advantage of its really nice facial capabilities. The dialogue is from the Monty Python sketch "Fish License."
It's really quite wonderful to practice from wittily written dialogue like theirs. Hope you enjoy.

The Confident Walk

Confident Walk from Niles Bontrager on Vimeo.

A confident walk cycle test using the Boris Rig, from Jason Ryan Animation.