Sunday, March 25, 2012
And here's a close-up:
Several years ago I came across an excellent podcast on iTunes called The Animation Podcast.
It was the first animation podcast that I found and still one of the best. Disney animator Clay Kaytis (animation supervisor on "Tangled") interviews the greats in the industry, including Andreas Deja (supervising animator for Tigger, Jafar, Scar), Eric Goldberg (supervising animator for the Genie), and Burny Mattison (story department for "Tarzan", "Pocahontas", "Aladdin"). His interviews are in depth and he asks interesting questions. He conducted the last podcast in 2008 however the website is still going strong and he continues to answer reader questions.
Check out the podcast here and feast your ears on animation gold.
Image via The Animation Podcast
Image via Manny the Movie Guy
Friday, March 16, 2012
Here is the close up:
And here is Serafina, the model. She's one of my favorite models and a very cool person:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Animation is quite a mechanical process. Before I came to school I read several books and watched several tutorials on the process. Now that I am in my second animation class, the material I researched before I arrived at school is beginning to make more sense. Once you begin working on animation itself, the tips and tricks in the books become applicable to your everyday experience.
The toughest thing about animation is that it is a one step forward, two steps back process. We animated a walk cycle last semester, which was not nearly as difficult as this walk cycle, which is weird to me. You would think that having done this before, it would not be as difficult. I have a great teacher this semester who explains the concepts better, and I believe that the reason that all of my assignments are harder than last semester is because he is teaching us a better way to plan out our shots on the X-sheet and is focusing heavily on how we can improve our timing and spacing.
I am indebted to the other students in the grad lab for helping me figure out how to properly use an X-sheet and plan out my keys and breakdowns. Thanks also to the Animation Club for inspiring me to animate a ball with legs and to add the torso, head and arms last. It's all about working in layers - if the legs move properly, then you go on to the next thing.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Special thanks to the 11 Second Club for posting this link on their site. Enjoy.
A job might last two to three years where as a career in the animation business is “a life”. Steve presents an engaging opportunity to build a point of view and help you get in this industry and continue to grow. ~Steve Hickner, Director DreamWorks Animation Studio
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Legend of Magdalene Animatic I
The Legend of Magdalene Animatic II
I enjoyed the project but I see now exactly why there is a mix of ones and twos in a film. Makes it a lot easier to come up with a wide variety of camera angles.
One Shot Thumbnails
One Shot Storyboards
Two Shot Thumbnails
Two Short Storyboards
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Several of the Disney strikers left the company in the 40s, went off and formed their own company, the United Productions of America and produced several Academy Award winning shorts, including "Gerald McBoing Boing" based on the Dr. Seuss story of the same name of a boy who speaks in sounds instead of words.
"Gerald McBoing Boing"
This is the group that brought you "Ragtime Bear" (the very first Mr. Magoo short), "A Unicorn in the Garden", "Rooty Toot Toot" and Edgar Allen Poe's the "The Tell-Tale Heart," one of the darkest films in the medium. We watched all of these shorts in animation history class last semester and I instantly fell in love with the limited animation and graphic style, especially "Rooty Toot Toot", one of the best cartoons I've ever seen.
"Rooty Toot Toot"
company began to decline due to pressure from the House Un-American Committee, threatening legal action if anyone in the company was suspected of being Communist.
However, you can PRE-ORDER the DVD on TCM.com site right now and enjoy the films that heavily influenced Disney, Warner Bros. and many of the cartoons you now see on Cartoon Network. The DVD includes 38 shorts and commentary by Leonard Maltin ships out on March 15th.
"Gerald McBoing Boing"
Model Sheets from AnimationResources.org