Monday, December 5, 2011
For stress relief, right click on the video and leave it looping. Then set it to full screen (ahead).
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
The MPEG2 video file created along with the WAV audio file can be used in DVD authoring software, such as Adobe Encore, to create a DVD that plays in a DVD player (as compared to a DVD backup disc that just stores data).
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Beleow is a trailer for a completed film from a student (3rd year) at the Academy of Arts University (AAU) in San Francisco. How many EAPS can you see?
Let me know if you can find the complete film to view.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
The link was emailed in by Michelle Boland (animation culture writer) via the Spungella blog.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Animation is a compulsion in a rare few creative people rather than a career choice.
They take it into their grasp and hold it like a maleable hot chocolate hug mug. Either the animation forms around the animator, or the animator forms around the animation. In some cases they blend so that the creator is indistiguishable from the creativity. Animation is no longer the illusion of life, it becomes the creativist's life.
I have spoken to a few recent graduates of the animation course recently. They have tried other things. Now, with real-life jobs and tasks pressing sticky fingers on them, find themselves back to exploring the magic of animation.
Here is the music clip by Gotye:
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This animatic is by an animation student (Henry Zhang, again)
Monday, June 13, 2011
Animated effects are often organically formed in the animator's imagination with a bit of planning but 'feeling' the animation by working straight ahead. Jason Lynch, our special guest stop motion feature film animator, spoke about this animation type and the animation principles in his recent workshop with SBIT animation students.
The other recently featured FX animator on this blog is Ryan Woodward.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
As Sarah Murray (All Farts are Humorous blog) will tell you, I am distinctly unenamoured by fart jokes. I am counting on "Gus" having a twist. Anyway, Andrew Martin is a Brisbane animator working hard on a project and I seek for you all to lend some support.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
To have a great passion and not express it in your art is a crime against your self. Think on that on days when it feels inspiration has run dry.
Amnesty International celebrates a 50th anniversary. That deserves a few thoughts, lively discourse, some pickled squid and a flickering candle.
A great collaborative combination of animation tools and techniques:
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The 2010 film is directed by David Prosser a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London. It is produced by Passion Pictures who worked with Shaun Tan on The Lost Thing.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I posted about Ryan Woodward's work in May 2010 (below)
Once through for entertainment. Oh, OK, twice through for entertainment because the first viewing is quite stunning. Then study this animated music clip. Note the animation principles. Do you think he used video reference? Note the hand drawn appeal. Ryan Woodward is making a making of documentary. Find out more here.
Monday, May 2, 2011
--- earlier on in February...
I was just over at 2nd Year Harvey's blog being wonderfully challenged by some of his ideas and concepts.
It reminded me of Don Hertzfeldt and how an animated story can be well told with well planned, seemingly 'simple' design.
The telegraph poles and wires in the opening sequence made me think of Johnny H's 3D letter design.
There are quite a few lateral thinking and parallel idea cosmic atomic rays currently basting my thoughts.
Friday, April 29, 2011
In a recent interview Tim Minchin is described, in part, by Melbourne Comedy Festival Director Susan Provan, "... His art is his activism, and he uses it to surprise people into fresh perspectives."
That quote probably applies more to Tim's views on belief, beliefs and the imposition of beliefs in people's lives. But what we have above is the philosophy and words of this artist communicated through animation. Creative, visually engaging, animation.
Animation carrying a provocative undercurrent of meaning rather than solely (soullessly?)designed for the enterprise of commercial entertainment and profit. Animation and entertainment don't need to be dichotomised into mutually exclusive concepts in these cases. They can be both and more.
It shows that animation can be a unique medium to actively tackle controversial issues in a creative way using the Sean Leahy (cartoonist) ethos, "Make them laugh and make them think."
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The second years have been riding along with my explorations on the theme of the "Moment of Contact".
We watched the meeting sequence in How To Train Your Dragon, where Hiccup makes contact with Toothless - the anticipation was about 7 minutes.
We watched Summer Wars and a different type of contact, this time between two human characters. An initial little finger touch building through at least two more powerful hand holds as the emotion in the story intensified.
Something to realise as an animator is that the sense of touch in humans, a life-form the viewer strongly empathises with, is expressed most strongly through the hands. When people describe something as "touching", they describe the idea that contact was made with their emotions.
Hands are important in communication and animation. In many cases they can be regarded as 'best supporting actors' or 'betrayers of emotion'. The secondary action (an animation principle) portrayed in the hands can be at counterpoint to how the character is acting, but at the same time a revelation of how the character is truly thinking or feeling.
Studying people's hands, the shapes, the gestures, the tension, the floppiness during any communication exchange can reveal so much about the true feeling of a moment and the energy and emotion of the speaker.
Milt Kahl's hand drawings are often referenced as examples (especially search out the ruff versions).
Below is a show reel by Mike Stern who animated on How To Train Your Dragon. Watch, in particular, the hand acting at about 00:36 onward. The acting, the contact, may communicate more in that sequence than the dialogue?
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Second years will possibly create an animated music clip later this year, so the first clip has double value. Sourced from a post by Ian Lacey.
An ocean environmental campaign that caught my attention when I was an animation student was "Rise above plastics":
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The one Jac meant is posted on her blog; Ausschnitt by Maurice Hubner.
The clip below is the one I meant.
Interestingly they are both European based animation, and both by German animators.
Australian animators can be influenced quite strongly by mainstream United States style animation. But it is equally apparent that Japanese animation has a strong influence. If an animator has grown up watching the ABC, their influences, may be from the United Kingdom through imported BBC programs.
The excitement of being an animation student is to research and experience the wealth of the global animation experience. Sometimes finding the best animated film ever made (KJFG No.5).
Thanks to Trent Ellis from the Animators Alliance Australia, who hosted International Animation Day in 2010, for introducing me to this, I think, amazing film. It highlights what poets, playwrights and songstresses teach animators about finding a rhythm in our storytelling.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Well it won.
The achievement deserves a re-posting of this article among the other things like a gold statuette.
Artworks is a good place to point one's ears. Today they talked about Shaun Tan. He is an illustrator and story teller.
Shaun Tan, like Tim Minchin (who voices the film) and author Tim Winton, are from Perth, Western Australia. So am I. So my ears get particularly crinkled when the limestone dust and salt is stirred in my soul. Shaun now lives in Melbourne.
The Artworks program reminded me of an email that I had from Michelle earlier in the year with reports of Australian animation success at the 2010 Annecy Festival. Animators will note that Michelle talks about Passion Pictures in the UK on her blog. They develop the Gorrilaz music video clips. They also co-produced "The Lost Thing" with Screen Australia.
There is an interesting post and link to a video interview on the Ozanimate site about Shaun and the success at Annecy.
Which brings us back to Shaun Tan and the film "The Lost Thing" animated by Leo Baker
- June 2010: Cristal Award for Best Short Film at the 34th Annecy International Animation Festival - the world's largest animation festival, in Annecy, France.
- June 2010: Best short animated film at the 57th Sydney International Film Festival
- August 2010: 'Best Short' (not best animated film!) award at the Melbourne International Film Festival
- February 2011: Academy Award, Best Animated Short
I'll hand it over to you to research some more. Second years may find it interesting how Shaun presents himself online with the design of his web site. How many EAPS did you count in that animation trailer?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
The "Animato" project is where the animators form the word 'Animation' from letters modelled by 7 different studio teams for the Create 3D Digital Environments subject.
It will be a 5 to 15 second animated clip that can be used as a base design for an animated logo to attach to their animated work.
Some animators are struggling to find their animated logo. The minimum requirement is a bouncing ball and being able to clearly see the word "Animation".
The Pixar Studios animated logo lasts 13 seconds, has a bouncing character, displaying the animation principles, interacting with the letters in the environment. It should serve well as inspiration.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The pencil test is attributed to Frank Thomas. He did animate this sequence in the film. First years in particular should note that name.
Today we had a collaborative class where 1st and 2nd year animators worked together on the concept of ideas. We also looked at animation examples from the Lady and the Tramp (1955).
The first years looking at the film from a historical perspective, in particular taking notes on how the ideas for the story may have developed.
The second years, who will be developing storyboards, looked at how the story was pitched in the 1950's using storyboard panels pinned up on a wall. Taking note of the loose but communicative drawing style of the boards.
Wheren (a new word) animation students get their ideas:
- In the shower
- At the edge of sleep
- Sugar rush
- Mushroom risotto
- After eating
- When ill with a fever (apparently if you catch swine flu you may think you are a planet)
- On public transport
- Music: listening or playing
- Dreams (if you remember)
- Being out in nature alone
- Inspiration from other artists
- Staring at something
- Eavesdropping/ hearing something said
- Brainstorming in a group
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Watch Robb's "how to" clip at the end of the film. The second years will learn some storyboarding techniques taught to me by Robb. Robb is a Disney traditional 2D animator who moved into a career as a storyboard artist. It is a pathway that can be considered by animators who love drawing, or love film making and storytelling (via storyboards).
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
The 2nd years are working with a client this year designing animation with a marine and coastal theme. Keep checking here for a 'making of' video.
This clip is “Lose This Child” by Yuval & Merav Nathan. Their other work should be recognisable straight away.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When we sat down around the studio table for our first animation class, our first ruff draw, I asked what do the new animators like to draw with?
As we draw I continue to talk. Animators go into the zone while drawing. That's an 'altered state of awareness', usually an alpha state. A place with no time, a place where cats spend most of their 9 lives.
I talk hoping that the animators are engrossed in their altered state and not consciously listening. So I can implant an idea in their brain - "Use a soft B pencil. 4B or 6B is good. Like Glen Keane." Work ruff and loose, tease your drawing out of the lines, the arcs of marks.
Animation drawing is a new way of "drawing" for many animation students. The best draftspeople, the people who 'can draw', seem to suffer the most. It's because animation is about observation and thinking, and then expression. Expressing movement and motion, energy and emotion through lines and paths. Animation drawing is about observing. Eventually the drawing gains energy and reality starts to look different the more you study animation.