Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cecelia & Her Selfhood - animated by Adrien Merigeau

3D that looks 2D - the magic of textures and effects

Doodling in Class

I have always been interested to observe animators doodling in class while a presentation is being made. In fact I encourage it. One reason is that the doodlebrain is disconnected from the chatterbox and that makes it easier, as an instructor, to present information. Doodling helps students to remember. So please doodle!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Animation Scout

At the beginning of second semester the second year animators were introduced to more detail about facial animation. As time hurries on to the final few weeks they will be working their way back up to their character(s) eyes. Here is an interesting resource:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Animated Film Preview/ Trailer Design

The second years are powering forward with their major projects. Most surveyed in class plan to complete a whole animated narrative film. Some are realising that animation takes a lot of time and that learning animation while doing animation sometimes means doing things over and over again to get them working. The option for some animators will be to create a film trailer/preview that features at least 5 Essential Animation Principles Scenes (EAPS)

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Planning Animation

It is so good to hear other animators say similar things. Just add "Act it Out" and collect video reference to the research and you will be enjoying your animation production. It is all about knowing what you want to do before you start in the animating software (or on the page).

Monday, September 5, 2011

Drakezilla - I Look Down. Animated by Elle Newton-Reid

Animation by Elle in 2nd Year. Nice work in AfterEffects.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sheeped Away - Junaid Chundrigar

There are some excellent animation principles at play in this short film. Appealing spacing and arcs and sheep.

The link was emailed in by Michelle Boland (animation culture writer) via the Spungella blog.