Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I do love animation.

I now have 5 followers. This is amazing. I have been doing some animation for Shadow Machine on Dino Stamatopoulos new tv series "Frankenhole." I am now back in Portland and getting ready to animate for the Hood to Coast Documentary. After that I want to come up with a little short to practice the new techniques I learned on the show. Doing ten seconds a day on the show one learns a lot and gets pushed in terms of what you can do. I had a chance to animate things I was maybe tentative to approach before or didn't have a reason to approach. Such as someone giggling. I mastered that shit I tell ya. It helps for someone to say, "this is what the character is going to do...now do it" you do it and find out that, yes, you can do it, and yes you are able to work through how to make it look right. It's exciting. Anyway Jeremy Spake and Shea Bordo have made some pretty amazing puppets laying around the studio so hopefully I can put them to use in the next few weeks. Fuck I love animation.

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    I second, fucking loving animation. It's amazing how the first few shots on a personal short look COMPLETELY different from later shots in the same short. The improvement just comes in waves that you feel crashing gently over your hands and mind as you take your next frame knowing that you're getting exactly the image you want, and knowing how to do it without the puppet or rigging toppling over- that's empowering, and something you can take with you to your next shoot, at which some point or other you think "hey, I've done this kind of action before...this time it's easier". The animation learning process is like putting together a puzzle as big as the Earth, and that puzzle can have as many or as few pieces as you want it to.

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