25 August 2009

Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear

One of the great things about working in a studio surrounded by some great talent is that you'll constantly get all sorts of cool videos drop into your email inbox. Like this..

... I'm particularly fond of the "collapsing knight".

19 August 2009

at home with Harryhausen...

Sorry, bit of a hefty post this (only because there's nearly half an hour of video). But it's not very often you get the chance to watch two legendary filmmakers sat around at table chatting about work and the industry.

I'm privileged to have met both of these guys and fortunate enough to have worked for one.

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Animation Timeline

I came across this ages ago on The Animation Podcast. Yeah, I know most of you have probably seen it before, but I still love it.

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17 August 2009

Tip: Try losing focus...

This may seem like an odd thing to use as a blog title, but I don't actually mean lose your concentration. It's really more a case of watching your work with soft eyes. I've been doing this subconsciously for years, and it wasn't until a Director I was working with started mimicking me that I really became aware of exactly what I was doing.
The trick is to squint a little when reviewing the progress of a shot during playback. It's really effective during blocking or first pass stages of your animation. It's pretty much like photographers using soft focus effects to get rid of blemishes on models, only you use it to soften the harshness of a blockout. Defocusing your eyes will help you look at the overall picture of your work and how it's flowing. It'll also highlight (at a more final stage) any mistakes or glitches you might have missed by only focusing on one element.

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12 August 2009


Some days you just can't move for stumbling across great animation stuff, and this is beautiful and brilliant (although the hair and cloth dynamics does start to get a little irritating after a time)...

Apologies for anyone who's seem this via the Thinking Animation blog.

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Endangered species

A bit of fun from Tony White...

This film was created exclusively to illustrate Tony White's recent book... 'Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators'

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#animtip tuesday on twitter...

Calling all tweeters and (in fact) none tweeters! This only started recently, but it's a great resource of tips from animators around the world. Get yourself some animation tips. Go on, spoil yourself

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11 August 2009

Tip: Having fun?...

No? Ok, so it's not entirely about having fun, but if you're not enjoying what you're doing it really will reflect in your animation. Like wise, if you're hungover, tired or got a head cold you'll never produce your best work. Obviously we can't be 100% all the time. We are, after all, only human (although most animators are an unusual breed of human).
I'm a firm believer that animation comes from the creators heart, mind and soul. So, if your body's out of balance for what ever reason, you'll never bring to the screen an animation or sequence that you'll be entirely satisfied with.
I know that probably sounds all "mystical guru", but there really is no mystery to it. Relax and enjoy yourself.
Have fun, you really will notice it in your animation.

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4 August 2009

in the pursuit of perfection...

"In the begining there was nothing, only an idea. But I believed you could build anything out of almost nothing. You just have to strive for perfection".
Kihachiro Onitsuka

I stumbled across this via an origami related spam email in the studio. I know it's a couple of years old now, but I like it and thought I'd share. Admittedly, I feel the animation (in parts) is a little clunky and not particularly polished, but that just emphasizes the visual style of the film. It is, after all about the "pursuit of perfection" and not perfection itself. It sweetly mixes stop motion and computer animation to tell the story of the Japanese sports brand ASICS in origami.

The Origami campaign won the a Silver for TV at Clio 2008, a Gold for TV and Cinema at the London International Awards 2008, and the
Grand Prix for Design at the Eurobest 2008,

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