Lost Adventurer, Aleks Kirilenko (3D)
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09-03-2006, 05:26 PM
Hello guys !
This is my fresh Demo Reel for your consideration.

Follow this Link :

http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01a.jpg (http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/Maxim_Khantaev_Showreel.mov)http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01b.jpghttp://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01c.jpg (http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/Maxim_Khantaev_Showreel.mov)

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Enjoy !

09-03-2006, 08:43 PM
Excellent reel Maxim! I really enjoyed the array of style you put into these various animations. The baseball scene is quite good and the timing is really nice. Major props on the cutout's too!
I'm curious to know the time span these were created. Thanks for sharing

cheers. :thumbsup:

09-03-2006, 09:32 PM
Dear Max,

Awesome Reel man, I love it! You managed to edit the piece with the animations in a way that everything fits perfectly. Plus, you are showing us amazing animation abilities.
Since this is a front page material (hope you get plugged)...
Awesome work man,



09-04-2006, 03:48 AM
rock. that was great man! beautifully editted! very nice! no complaints

09-04-2006, 04:32 AM
Hi ! Thank you for a warm reply Ratatat ! 2Ds are 6 and more years old and 3D stuff is gathered from 4 years work period.

09-04-2006, 07:46 PM
That was by far....one of the best animation reels i've ever seen....ever. Congrats. The composition and the music and the skill were all fantastic. Really really nice job. Keep it up and keep inspiring....


09-04-2006, 08:50 PM
That was by far the most gorgeous animation reel I've ever seen.

You are a king among men sir. 5 stars.

09-04-2006, 11:00 PM
VERY VERY impressive array of work!! :thumbsup: great stuff sir!

09-05-2006, 12:41 AM
wow, great reel !!!:bounce:
congratulations :applause:

09-05-2006, 12:53 AM
Wow... one hell of a nice reel with some awesome animation!
Shouldn't be too hard to find nice work with a reel like that! :thumbsup:

09-05-2006, 01:29 AM
amazing reel!

09-05-2006, 02:51 AM
Wow, that is a magnificent reel. Nicely paced and all the work is impressive!
Definitely going into my inspiration folder, keep it up.

09-05-2006, 03:03 AM
God! :eek:

That is one of the best reels EVER! Very inspiring!!!
Loved the bat one... powerful!

5 stars for sure!!! :bounce:

09-05-2006, 04:30 AM
Very nice reel. I loved the ram chewing.

09-05-2006, 08:15 AM
excellent reel!

loved it! really liked the baseboll scene haha! and the waterdude flying around was nice!
have to see some more if I am to CC it. but I wanted to write directly after seeing it =)

Nice Work! keep it up ;)

09-05-2006, 01:30 PM
Great Reel !!! Great Animation !!!

I know most of this stuff from TV.

Keep it up!


09-05-2006, 02:34 PM
Dunno why for somer reason I couldn't post earlier, but now that I can, I must say its was just awesome and inspiring!

Just one suggestion...maybe you can lower the music during the dialogue clip near the end of your reel.

All the best :D

09-05-2006, 03:34 PM
Truely excellent, entertaining and lots of fun! Great animation!!!:thumbsup:

09-05-2006, 03:42 PM
Great work!



09-05-2006, 04:06 PM
Quality stuff there !
Great work :thumbsup:

Rabid pitbull
09-05-2006, 04:13 PM
Wow that is looking sweeeet!! :buttrock:

09-05-2006, 04:22 PM
very cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

Tom W.
09-05-2006, 04:28 PM
WOW... That's like who framed roger rabit, but in 3d... AMAZING!

09-05-2006, 04:31 PM
Really an amazing reel man! :thumbsup:

I especially loved the animation of the fish at the end, that was awesome! But overall, the reel was just great, very well cut and presented.

http://forums.cgsociety.org/images/rating/rating_5.gif from me! :applause:

09-05-2006, 04:34 PM
Really nice stuff, I think I've seen the baby on TV.

09-05-2006, 04:43 PM
Awesome work! And great music, that Beatle Juice theme is one of the best examples I've seen of how the right music can really highlight the work. :thumbsup:

09-05-2006, 04:44 PM
thats perfect storm mannnn

09-05-2006, 04:48 PM
Awesome work and an Awesome name

09-05-2006, 04:49 PM
I cant really judge some of the stuff, because the cuts are so fast, but i think some shots of this splashy dude are absolutely brilliant.
Maaaan - u rock! ;-)

09-05-2006, 05:03 PM
Wow!!! Absolutely amazing, and great music choice to boot!

09-05-2006, 05:18 PM
that's just great!! a lot of variation too, and very inspiring, thanks for sharing this.

09-05-2006, 05:24 PM
Hahah, that was great. That pretzel thing is crazy! Love the baseball bit alot.

09-05-2006, 05:41 PM
a gud animation..u on a rite track to be a professional animator...
enoyed it..

09-05-2006, 05:43 PM
i think i saw it on tv a few times :P, 5 twinklies!

a gud animation..u on a rite track to be a professional animator...
enoyed it..

i just saw this.. lol that stuff was everywhere on tv, commercials, movie commercials etc etc..
i guess if he keeps it up he can be a professional animator .. someday :P

09-05-2006, 05:45 PM
excellent - particularly like the cutout-paper-style piece. :thumbsup:

09-05-2006, 05:46 PM
Thats really great stuff!

09-05-2006, 05:48 PM
I love it! :scream:
It's one of the best reels I've ever seen. The whole reel was interesting and fun to watch.

09-05-2006, 05:55 PM
That's a very awesome reel. Humbling and inspirational :thumbsup: Do you work with Ran, by any chance? :)

09-05-2006, 06:06 PM
OMG, I don't see an animation reel like that in a long time now.
You are a top notch pro.

Incredible the way you animate, great timming, pose, everything, you make 'the magic', few animator do 'the magic'.
Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm watching this in loop, slow motion, frame by frame... *lol*

Congratulations on FP !

My best wishes,


09-05-2006, 06:09 PM
So in the end does the pretzel knight finally manage to slay the pretzel maiden and ride away on the pretzel dragon? ;)

Loved the loose way those moved. Very fluid and appealing.

09-05-2006, 06:13 PM
Great stuff Maxim!
Making us proud :D

09-05-2006, 06:57 PM
excellent reel ! very inspirational !

09-05-2006, 07:24 PM
Nice animation ! very enjoyable !
Shalom !

09-05-2006, 08:13 PM
Absolutely entertaining...great characters and animation.


09-05-2006, 08:40 PM
Awesome demo reel! The expressions and movement are great.

09-05-2006, 09:09 PM
Wow man, that's amazing! Well deserved front page and 5 stars from me, more if I could! Simply excellent!

09-05-2006, 09:09 PM
OK, I'm going into super-critical mode for this reel that really blew me away. :)

1. The pretzel monster and the cow/bear anim were most technically impressive to me.

2. The squirrel callgirl :P (low-res) and the crying child (weird animation and tear moved strangely) didn't seem to belong in this reel.

3. The sound didn't time perfectly with the animation in the baseball scene (a 10 second club entry?)

4. I liked the mouse and the sheep (pretty simple compared to the other but he just looks so stuupid :P)

Even with these things, it still is one of the most impressive reels I've seen. Very very well done indeed! :)

09-05-2006, 10:10 PM
Is a rare thing indeed. You make me proud but also baffled that so many of the animations I knew from TV were made by just one person. Wow. Are you thinking about moving and trying your luck abroad (as I am attempting, though I am still a student)...with these works in your belt I am certain you could get a position in a place like Pixar or ILM, hmm??
Also, did you learn animation in Israel? Where?
Great reel. Best of luck.

09-05-2006, 10:27 PM
Very impressive reel :)

09-05-2006, 10:30 PM
Where were you?

09-05-2006, 10:37 PM
Love your work, Maxim!
פשוט מקסים

Kurosaki Ichigo
09-05-2006, 11:41 PM
10 Stars, trully amazing and inspiring. :thumbsup:

09-06-2006, 01:47 AM
That has to be one of the best reels I've seen! Great editing and the animation is beautiful!

09-06-2006, 02:51 AM
verry, very, very good, congratulations :buttrock:

09-06-2006, 03:00 AM
Hello guys !
This is my fresh Demo Reel for your consideration.

Follow this Link :

http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01a.jpg (http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/Maxim_Khantaev_Showreel.mov)http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01b.jpghttp://www.ranimation.com/reel06/P_01c.jpg (http://www.ranimation.com/reel06/Maxim_Khantaev_Showreel.mov)

Right Click (save as...)

Enjoy !

weird, there is no link showing for me.

Can anyone post the link again please

09-06-2006, 04:34 AM
weird, there is no link showing for me.

Can anyone post the link again please

Right-Click one of the images and choose "Save Target As.." or "Save Link As.."

Oh, and to the author... 6 STARS! That was awesomeness!

09-06-2006, 06:57 AM
Friggin cool man!


09-06-2006, 07:49 AM
Maxi U Rock!

to the people who dont know , max is by FAR the best animator in Israel
a super talented guy in all aspects of 2d 3d

are u looking for a job now or what???


09-06-2006, 08:08 AM
Mate, this is awesome reel! Very nice skills! One question though- I`m interested in the making of the dog/dragon commercial. Who rigged it ? How did you do the transformation ? Particles ? Thanks in advance!

09-06-2006, 09:03 AM
Very intresting works. Nice stuff:thumbsup: 5stars

09-06-2006, 09:22 AM
Absolutely brilliant.

Like someone else asked, how was that pretzel monster rigged? I was totally blown away.
Is it perhaps a combination of goals and traditional joint binding?

I really liked the water/liquid guy too, but then again I liked everything in your reel

09-06-2006, 10:17 AM
There has been a serious amount of gushing in this thread - and you deserve every single bit of it - this is simply unbelieveable work. The pretzel monster is just jaw-dropping. You have serious talent!


09-06-2006, 11:58 AM
Oops, my firewall was blocking the other images and the link.

09-06-2006, 12:12 PM
Very impressive works! :bounce:

And beetlejuice's theme for the song is very funny! Beetlejuice is the best! :scream:


09-06-2006, 12:31 PM
That's just about the best reel one could ever ask to see. It has everything. I'm guessing you were a traditional animator and added cg, like many of us, since there is cel work as well.
Superb stuff. Especially fond of the morphing pretzel characters and their animation as well!

My son spent 7 months in Israel last year, and loved it. May God continue to protect Israel.


09-06-2006, 01:11 PM
The actions shots were overall good (some very good) but you should take out the acting shot at the end.
Seemed very weak compared to everything else. Some weird head angles at the end on the main character and questionnable choice of acting...
Depending on where you wish to apply, studios like dreamwork and Pixar seems to want to see a good deel of acting; wich is missing in your reel.

good job nonetheless


09-06-2006, 02:55 PM
Superb work!

At last I know who has doen those awesome comercials.
your Baigel Baigel (dog dragon castel and knight) drive my cruzy

tell us how you hv doen it please


09-06-2006, 02:58 PM
Hi Maxim,

This is one of the best animation reels I've seen in a long time! You are VERY talented. The fluid motion, spot-on timing and emotion that comes from your characters is amazing! So, how come you're not working at Pixar?



09-06-2006, 03:42 PM
Pixar didn't invite me yet. I'm not pushing ;)

09-06-2006, 03:55 PM
excellent, that was fun to watch.

09-06-2006, 04:22 PM
very nice work mate :applause:

09-06-2006, 05:08 PM
Want to thank all mates for such amasing replies! I am truly overhalmed for a while now. I feel like I won an Oscar or something. Guess all the sleepless nights were worth it.

A few word about pretzel rig. Over-all it was simle and I could move each piece separately. There were a few good scripts to randomly select and morph between different kind of pretzels, but you don't see this scenes in showreel. What you do see was all moved "by hands".

I love to move it all by myself :)

09-06-2006, 06:51 PM
cool work 5 stars:thumbsup:

09-06-2006, 09:29 PM
man, really nice work. i love the music too. goes really well with your reel.

09-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Really awesome character animation, great work you rock mate!

09-06-2006, 09:41 PM
very creative and inspiring reel indeed, a lot of great stuff on it. weight is not your greatest strenghts though :D this would be my only crit. OK, let me tell you what are the shots I absolutely love in your reel, from an animation standpoint. here we go, in order of appearance:

1) the cow and bear first shot - for appealing, fluid movement, and clarity. the shapes really flow very well and read well as well :)

2) the immediately next shot of the cute furry mouse girl - for immensely appealing expression and tongue thingy :D

3) the cow and bear second shot - same reasons as for the first shot.

4) the strong blue splashy dude's second shot (immediately after the pretzel dragon-to-princess transformation shot) - for great timing and powerful, absolutely believable movement. this shot has awesome weight.

5) the three headed pretzel dragon overlapping-heads-play-thingy - for very cool overlapping action

6) the iPod dude on blue background - for natural dynamics in the movement, and appealing gesture

7) the last shot - for, again, natural dynamics and detailed movement; this one looks and feels absolutely pro. my favourite shot ;)

there must be more, but many of them pass by so fast it's really hard to judge :D so I've only considered the ones that stay on screen enough time to read well. also, some have extremely fast movement, that looks fluid and all, but doesn't read so well in the context of the demo reel. this is not necessarily a crit and I'm not even sure about these superfast shots on a demo reel... are they OK to have them there or not... I wonder what others think about this issue...

09-06-2006, 11:22 PM
That is a fantastic reel - plenty of great squash and stretch in the animations, strong poses and a lot of life and energy in the characters! That pretzel dragon was awesome, I loved it.

My only suggestion is to add your name and contact details again at the end of your reel, because after such an exciting showreel it would really stick in people's heads.

Keep up the great work, you've inspired me to keep working hard so I can get to your level someday!

09-07-2006, 07:14 AM
sweetWork! man...totally love the variety...:)

maybe you could just trim it down a little bit...just to make it even more solid..


09-07-2006, 07:59 AM
I bet is great,but i can't download it .Anyone else has the same problems ?

Edit : Ugrh.... My connection sucks :D

09-07-2006, 10:25 AM
Hi Max,

Great and impressive reel and great animations!


09-07-2006, 01:17 PM
I agree. This is the best reel I've seen so far =) I love the different styles, it shows amazing skills. You'll get a great job in no time. good luck!

09-07-2006, 01:38 PM
That reel is one of the best I have seen yet, and something to aspire towards as a new animator.

09-07-2006, 05:43 PM
great ones

09-07-2006, 08:25 PM
As I was scrolling down the praises and congratulations while I was waiting for the reel to download I was thinking...."man...is this reel THAT good?".... and then I watched it....
WHAT THA?!?!?!

Totaly awesome! What can I say..... keep it up?.... hehe.... 10*!

09-07-2006, 08:55 PM
Very nice :thumbsup:

09-07-2006, 08:58 PM
simply great work, max. i love it, very cool stuf there, keep it up.

09-07-2006, 10:46 PM
FANTASTIC STUFF. Really loved it. Music worked a treat.

09-08-2006, 02:37 AM
Hi Maxim,

This is a very inspiring character animation reel...Thank you for sharing it with us. Also, the music complements your animations ever so perfectly...awesome animation and great editing.

Would love to see more stuff from you in future. Keep entertaining!!!:bounce:



09-08-2006, 04:48 AM
Great stuff, indeed! Don't know if this was asked yet or not, but if I may, - what software do you use? What's your training and background?

09-08-2006, 01:31 PM
THats one hell of a reel man:scream: , its awesome, keep going, hope to c more of ur works:)


09-08-2006, 03:12 PM
Hello Webhead !
This is all Amasing Maya man!

About background and training. As long as I remember myself I've always interested in catroon characters and animation, drew a lot in this style, flip-animated all my notebooks at school, comixes etc. etc.
When I started to work in traditional animation at 1994 I've had two amazingly talanted animators/teachers to shape me up and teach me animation trade: Albert Zmora and Arie Harnam. They are currently work with Pitchi Poy Animation Studio in Israel.
During long period I've learn from Walt Disney masters by watching their magic frame by frame, and finally in 2000 I've been pulled in 3D world by greatly talented animator and artist Orna Aizenstein who's running Pitchi Poy Animation Studio's3D Department.

I just merged all this keys in one point.

09-08-2006, 09:24 PM
Great work! :applause: My favorites were the pretzel characters and the blue fluid guy. Excellent! :)

09-09-2006, 11:22 AM
Excellent !
My favourite is the goat who's chewing, so funny !

09-09-2006, 12:42 PM
I'm really impressed....
when I see these things I start studing more and more...

09-09-2006, 06:22 PM
OK...If Disney/Pixar doesn't hire you after seeing that reel then they would have to be asleep at the wheel.

I dream of the day I'll be able to animate like that. THE best animation reel I've ever seen. Amazing work.

09-10-2006, 05:16 AM


09-10-2006, 10:49 PM

That is amazing animation!
What 3d/2d software did you use to create them?

Can you please brieflye explain your educational background, and techniques for animating?
How does one get to the level of expertise you have?


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