Friday, November 26, 2010

Addicted - The Old Man and the Sea - Bliss N Eso - Aleksandr Petrov

Painting over artwork. It intrigues me. Crumpling up a ruff pencil scribble used to coax a pose from a piece paper I can reconcile and understand the power in it for an animator. But for a painter working in oils or spray to obliterate their work in pursuit of an animated moment is mind boggling.

I have been over at Elle's blog. She has been researching and sharing her discoveries in true tertiary education style. We had a debate in class about how AfterEffects can be used to create many animated effects such as progressive graffiti style animation. As animators we should seek to understand and deconstruct the 'magic' that appears on screen to inform our own animation.

Elle posted this 'making of' clip:

Elle's research and Zade's debating fired up my curiosity. I hope you all got to see Aleksandr Petrov's Oscar winning film "The Old Man and the Sea" in you animation research classes?

The idea of painting over 'finished' work has a parallel between Bliss N Eso, Blu and Petrov's work. So taking some research energy from Elle's work I was able to find this clip to post of Petrov talking about his animation process (and hopefully proving to Zade the film was not made in AfterEffects ;) ).

All animation consists of creation and destruction of the same picture. A bit more information from Petrov (in Russian with English subtitles) about the process he uses, starting with storyboarding, with which animators will start their 2nd year of study in the course for 2011 (so it's worth watching).

Muto by Blu


Corey said...

Hey Frank

I remember seeing MUTO as a first year. Needless to say I was amazed by it.

The fact that there are people out there who can conjure up this kind of manipulated motion in their minds is really inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Frank, Zade, Elle, and Corey!
I was enjoying reading the debate on your blog, Elle! And Franks train of Petrov. It's such amazing work, Bliss and Eso, Muto, and Petrov! I see that any work like Bliss and Eso celebrates the location and takes it's inspiration from graffiti, or rather it is that! I mean this is slippery, hard to define art, but it comes from a genuine place....the desire to tell a story with a succession of images....of course you can do this sort of thing by altering layer after layer in photoshop, but it doesn't have the sense of time and place like the two grafitti inspired works. And that clip of Petrov is great Frank because it shows how, between the key poses and breakdowns, (His storyboards)the animation drawing should be intuitive...not about how it looks....He's definitely in "The Zone" working from his head-data! Great exploration Elle!