Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

3D animation that looks like 2D animation

The animated film is made very dynamic and full of depth by using 3D space. The interest is the design is in the 2D style. We also get to see a giraffe on a motor scooter, which is pretty cool.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Great Storyboard = Great Film

2nd Year animators have just completed their first shot in their major project animation.
It is time to go back to the storyboard and choose the next shot to animate. Time to review what was learnt about storyboarding.
A storyboard can be adjusted (if it is your own project) to better understand what needs to be animated.
Roughing out the next shot, from a project storyboard, in a shot storyboard of its own is a valuable starting point moving into the next bit of animation to complete.
Bill Plympton on how he uses storyboards:
A storyboard is a critical part of the process of making a film. Many decisions are made and ideas resolved in the storyboards. The story takes form and begins to be explained. Many things are planned in a storyboard:
  • character designs develop
  • movement and action is depicted
  • editing and transition choices noted
  • meaningful camera angles
  • camera lens choices made (e.g. wide angle, fish eye, macro, 35mm)
  • lighting
  • backgrounds/ sets
  • composition and staging choices for storytelling
  • dialogue
  • sound effects
  • music
  • timing (SLUG)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Bill Plympton animates in 2D

Suggestion: follow this blog to get an insight into Bill Plympton's process.

Crayon Dragon by Toniko Pantoja

A Cal Arts second year animation student animation. How do they get this good? Practice and passion for the work.  Animate every day :) because you want to.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Animation EVENT: Find out what is Pozible with Crowd Funding


Crowd funding is important for animators. Especially new animators just starting out in a career.

Crowd funding is just a fantastic positive thing for new graduates that can create money making project work and develop skills needed for working in the industry at the same time.

This is where crowd funding plays an important role: in getting an enthusiatic new animator's work out and in front of potential collaborators, funding bodies and studio based employers.

Also so you can eat and afford shelter when you leave the nest.

What is crowd funding?

Brisbane, to find out more about Crowd Funding it is strongly advised that new animators join the CityCat ride from South Bank and attend the "Let's Talk Crowdfunding", ticket only evening in Brisbane at the Powerhouse in New Farm.

Thursday 19th April 2012.

Tickets are FREE. Seating is limited. So make sure you get a ticket.

(picture ref: an Australian animated film made with crowd funding)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Animation Field Trip this Thursday March 29th 5pm


To mark the end of first term for the first year animators (and also celebrating the handing in of their 2nd Flash assignment), an Animation Field Trip is planned for after that class, and for the wider SBIT animation community to catch up.
The Film is: the Universal Pictures collaboration "The Lorax"
The Place is: Southbank Cinemas
The Date: Thursday 29th March
The Time (may vary, check session times): 5 pm
It will be a 3D session, so bring your 3D glasses.
Students: only $11.00
p.s. If people are interested in a free local animation event, check out the Mondo Motion talk at QUT Kelvin Grove tonight 6pm. It is a talk titled "Life on Pegs" - a talk about pre-digital animation.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fresh Animation by PES

I really enjoy the craft of the stop motion pixilation animation of Pes.
Pixilation animation:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Story of Animation - by The Animation Workshop

Animation is a sequence of events. They can be labelled along a timeline as the "3 P's":
  1. Pre-production planning (where all the fun is)
  2. Production (where the hard work and satisfaction is)
  3. Post-production (where everything comes together and the adrenalin rush subsides)
2nd years please watch this video clip and take particular note of the 10 second part between 2.26 to 2.36!
How many different jobs are covered in an animation procuction pipeline? I wonder if any one may care to list them in the comments, please? 

Mind the GAP

"Mind the gap", is what a robot says when you step off the London Underground.
But in this animated text motion graphics piece by David Shiang Liu, the GAP is also the difference between student animation work and skills and an experienced animator's work and skills.
It is easy to expect too much off ourselves and become discontented with our student work and what seems to be too slow progress in our animation work. Try not to defeat your self. Expectations and impatience are two evils a craftsperson must face, acknowledge and conquer with dedicated and regular practice. Animate every day.
Or as Dory says in 'Finding Nemo', "Just keep swimming".
(And Ian Lacey might add when talking about learning animation, 'Just keep animating but do most of it outside your comfort zone'.)
Where expectations and imaptience are evils, challenges and practice are the tools to become, firstly a competent craftsperson, then a master craftsperson, and finally a contented one.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Captain Awesome 2D and comic book style design mix

Thanks Lydia (2nd Year) for pointing out this interesting student film
from the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. The mix of comic book
page images in an animated comic book style and over-exaggerated 2D
animation has plenty of appeal (an animation principle).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

An animation student film from Europe

Can you see the influences from animated films that you know? Are you able to dig down into this animation and work out the APPEAL?