Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tests à la pencil

Any comments would be great.

Things I already know:

Stickwalk: Lift the back heel up more to make it look like it's pushing off, and it needs more up/down.
Sexy Walk: Needs more up/down, legs pop a little, it just doesn't look like she's walking!
Crazy Eye: I need another traceback of the mouse's blink frame in the first 48 frames

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The downside of pose to pose...

Did you know that you can do pose to pose animation in 3D? And it can turn out GOOD? I've been a believer of the layering method until tonight when Raph Anzovin of Anzovin Studio came in for a guest lecture in the 3D character animation class that I took a couple years ago (I poke my head in every once in a while).

And it looked GOOD. Before now I thought layering was the only way to do 3D animation, but this pose to pose stuff is more up my alley, given my "traditional" background.

And speaking of pose to pose, I'm coming to realize how much of a crutch it is for my hand drawn stuff. My spacing is absolutely terrible still. least I can still work from pose to pose by hand :[

Friday, October 3, 2008

Андрей Хржановский

Talk about a broad range of animators I've met. Richard Williams last week and now, Андрей Хржановский this week.

Yes, he's Russian. I have no clue how to pronounce his last name, but his first name is Andrei.

Here he is autographing my sketchbook, looked on by my animation professor and mentor, PGA:

Apparently, thrusting a sketchbook and pen into the hands of an artist if the universal sign for "sign please!"

He doesn't look like a guy that stirred up much trouble, but apparently the Soviet secret police loved his work so much that they took his first film and locked it up for 20 years and then sent him off in the marines for two years (check the bottom of the post for the video)

These films were screened tonight:

SO TAKE NOTE! Timing is timing, no matter what culture you're talking about. I love the fast pace of these gags. I also love the fact that Andrei first screened this in the motherland when there actually WAS a butter shortage (due to distribution problems).

The other films they screened tonight were more... experimental...

One of the things I'm told is that Eastern European animators are REALLY good at subtlety. There are some very obvious symbolism in here... but if you were asked by the powers that be, it's just about a guy sticking his furniture inside his amoir because it IS!

A warning for the next film (2 parts): It's weird. It's trippy. It's cutout animation. There might be more than one reason why they locked this film up and sent Andrei on a military adventure:

yeah, it's weird and I love it.

I just wish I could speak Russian so that I could've conversed with this guy. My head's stuck in Hollywood right now and it'd be great to hear the other side.