Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I was watching this clip (below) and thought, "Gee, it would be great if all my students watched and listened to this inspirational artist."
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Look at the eyes. Look at the eye-eees! Up there by Bernard Derriman^ , down there by spaghetti mixed with western*. "It's all in the eyes" (a link to an educational animation lecture... no, it is not one of mine... so go there and check it out!)
If eye darts could kill, that clip would be regarded as one of the biggest on-screen massacres in film making history!
Oh, and an animated music clip that brings together some themes bubbling through the animation studios recently.
Field trip to Annecy 2011 anyone?
*If the First Year Stop Mo' Crew are feeling left out, here is a special Spaghetti Western for you.
^(Thanks Michelle for your email trail to this clip)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am unable to animate Blake's hands intuitively using the mouse and instead am forced to use the attribute editor to get his fingers to move. It won't let me select his digits with the mouse.
Is it something to do with a mode he is put it? I think the modes are called "FK - IK" however I can't find a way to switch them or any reference to them in "How to Cheat in Maya".
Do you know how to change these modes and if it will achieve the desired effect?
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Below is an image by Artur De Pins (One of Terry's favourite artists), which, in one image, shows quite a few different interactions between characters in a cinema.
A further challenge for the first years will be to animate their character. Interaction with surrounding characters will be strongly encouraged as it will require team work and communication between animators. As we always remind students, "Animation is a collaborative process."
Have you been to the cinema lately? Were there particular people/ characters in the cinema that caught your attention?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Of particular interest to second years would be to research the individual animators' web sites and how they present themselves to the industry. You can easily tell, as can potential employers, that these animators are strongly presenting themselves. Two of them use professional looking blogs (as we discussed in class this week).
Film found over on Avner Engel's online workbook. He is an Australian animator currently studying at AnimationMentor.
It is our first week back at animation school and the second years have been looking more closely at some eye animation. Check out the blinks and eye darts in this film. Note how they enhance the character interaction and the energy and emotion in the film.
Remember when watching any animation: "Once for entertainment, once for thinking, once for critiquing*, then start studying the detail." (*transfer thoughts to written words)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
How about trying this 4 drawing cycle (on twos) and test it out with a line test or three?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Second years are working on their major project narratives and will have a music video assignment to work on in Jane's classes as well. I hope this clip may provide some inspiration.
Check out all the quiet moments that rely on 'camera movement' and 'idle' animation or FX cycles.
"It's just a little story describing one of life's lonely moments. There's a girl walking through an empty town, I think she's sort of isolated in her world. To her the real world just shines through in fast glimpses sometimes. There's not really a correct interpretation of it, it's a simple story."
* The second years are lucky they have music and audio students to work with.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I have noted with curiosity some 2nd years attempting musical composition on the eukalali. Music is a close relative to animation, with beats, timing, spacing, narrative and arcs.
It might be blurring the borders a bit here but I found this time lapse / stop mo' music clip quite interesting to watch as it also gives an insight into the film/music maker's process.
Listen carefully for the performer's motivation in the final part of the clip.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The featured clip (above) won the 11 Second Club competition in September 2009. The animator's name caught my eye and I realised that it was Liane-Cho, one of the animators who was a tutor in the workshop time I had at the Gobelins summer school in 2009. He had just finished working on the 2D feature film The Illusionist. Will posted about that film on his student blog.
It was great to read a bit more about Liane-Cho in the interview by Eric Scheur.
His work is critiqued by Animation Mentor Dana Broadway.
The work below is from his blog. Warning: Strong language use.
After Michelle's comment (Thanks Michelle!), I have also embedded Liane-Cho's student showreel from Gobelins - pretty much all pencil tests (some 3D).