Thursday, December 29, 2011

Girl and the Siren

Flickan & Sirenen Teaser ( The Girl & the Siren Teaser) from Jakob Arevärn on Vimeo.

article over at AnimateClay (where I found it) Something charming about the silhouette foreground elements and cardboard city.

Friday, December 16, 2011

William Groebe from Tippett on Animals

good animation - know your principles

good acting - fits the plate it's on

good action - so it feels real. so a cat walks across a talbe like a cat, a dog walks like a dog

good attention to detail - all the little intricacies and details in the real world (cat's scrunching nose) how toes spread when landing (of a cat) good polished animation

power of reference
find it and shoot it (yourself if you can't get an animal to do it)

he's pro w/ 14 years but if he just knocked out a dog walk and compared it to life it would be missing something. Like drawing a self portrait from memory, instead of from a mirror. Be humble, accept that you need reference. (slow mo often very helpful, smaller animals are often too fast to see)

shoot ref of cat walking and sitting, but also of yourself to get acting beats and timing you wanted

make it happen, don't let a rig hold you back from recreating what a real animal could do

head, neck and tail on world orient (so hips bouncing doesn't wig tail out, chest turns, head still acts where you want it)

just because you have controls doesn't mean you have to use them

he animates foot/palm into place first, then corrects wrist/heel

breathing trick: grab all spine scale them all a tiny bit (expand relax chest), then offset depth first then width, then offset the different spine ctrls from each other, then sometimes animate shoulders reacting to the chest

The Thing 2011 Practical Effects

Awesome (and annoyingly not embeddable) from StudioAdi, something supremely awesome about real world effects, light and actors all work better with them too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


nothing ground breaking, but fun


* found on animation

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kyle Balda - Layered Walk

I just finished taking a course at Animation Collaborative. One thing a lot of the Pixar animators talked about is working in a layered approach. What was really interesting was them talking about being A LOT faster using a layered approach. Well I have to give try on it, and along comes this Kyle Balda tut, perfect.

*found by spungella

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Aardman Pirates

making of, incredible the amount of stuff they have to build, makes me suprised we don't see more stop motion films that take place inside a featureless room. awesome crazy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 drawings a Day

drew a second a day for 3 years. GAAA hand drawn is so awesome

12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour from Denis Chapon on Vimeo.

During 3 years (2008-2011) i have been drawing 12 drawing of animation every day, it make one second of film. I had no plans what so ever before starting the first drawing. And then, each of the folowing days, I took the 3 last drawing from the day before and kept on animating. I use a none erasable pen, and drew on the back side of used A4 paper.

* found by JHD

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IndieAnimator Tumbler

Found another short film aggregator

some stuff I haven't seen on there

Aleksandr (english subtitle) from Aleksandr Team on Vimeo.

Monday, December 5, 2011

1979 Muppet film test

I just know I'm gonna come looking for this later

so much appeal on such few controls