Well this weekend marked the 1st "tag team" shot between myself and the Mad Alchemist himself, Phil Tippett. We started around 10am putting the finishing touches on the set (mostly me telling Phil to STOP! hot-glueing stuff to the TOWER!) then around 2pm we did a quick Pop Thru on 3's to see the camera Boom. and then.... Pull the Trigger, Unleash the Hounds, ..! it's "Animation as Theater" we adjust, adapt, and animate on the fly as we go, it was definetley more of a 'dance' than the typical Stop Motion practice!!! We couldn't see anything the set was so dark, we just watched the specular kicks off the edges of shadows and let the rest to fate.
We finished the shot around 10pm and went home exhausted but happy. Animation CAN be a "performance" and not some stiff-premeditated-overly-analyzed-over-critiqued process! And you can take THAT to the Bank.
it's back to the drawing thing. just to keep the muscles moving, 1 day doodles inspired by my kids (kid me) world, as usual, although i promise m0nsterS to appear soon.
it's whatever i can accomplish in a day, 1 idea , 1 chance.
today Jim Brown looked over at me and said, " i Surrender "... and i knew exactly what he was talking about! we've been doing this Once A Week ting for 30 weeks now and well i think we'd both like to sleep again-
well, week 26. this is another quick 3hr-ish stop-mo test. just mucking around with a cobbled together rig. it's all basically straight-ahead animation with FrameThief and a USB Web camera. not fancy, but it's a nice change from drawing.
week 25, KEEP IT SIMPLE! well, i took it back to the old world, a single light, a USB camera, an armature, an about 3hr.
it's all about dusting of the old muscles and doing something SIMPLE. this turned out to be a good test for this armature, as i moved it around i found several articulation points that it was missing,(mainly in the shoulders and hips) i could add more joints or just live with it.... live with t i think
week 24: well, here it is,.. finally, a "simple" idea gone wrong. i foolishly thought animating some TYPE would be easier than drawing every frame, and i'd get to use a new feature i hadn't tried in FLASH..... i could have done this much simpler but "planning" is not always something i take the time to do on these 1 WEEK ideas, it's more "think it, sleep on it, DO IT" and that's no way to animate.
week 23, and i'm posting just a partial piece again, ... this one is getting away from me. seemed like a fun "little" exercise to try TYPE and SOUND but it's taing on a life of it's own and honestly i just want it to be over. but in the spirit of trying to "care" (love) each little piece i will give this idea 1 more week before i just call it DONE... enjoy
WEEK 21 ! ok .. well, this was a lazy attempt, couldn't find the right sounds, didn't have the time or "patience" to add any sophistication, ... sort of reflects this weeks emotional state actually. week 21 out of 52 and it's getting harder or at least it feels like it, a curse if you will, but PATIENTS will see you thru...... right?
week 20 animation- these are drawings Tucker did in 1st grade. She was doing her "small moments" writing exercises and drawing a little moment from her week that she could remember , she drew these and then wrote out, "When i was looking for my Muchch" (Mun-Chi-Chi doll).
week 19 ! ... it seems like week 200 !.. well it's an experiment in rotoscoping. At first it was just an effort to try to get video into Flash and that turned into a rotoscope and that turned into manipulating ALL keyframes in a single Timeline. So it was a week of lots of tutorials to say the least. The first clip is of the original rotoscoping and the second is of me trying to squeeze it into something more "intentional".
well folks, i really tried to learn some new stuff in Flash. Symbols, .psd File importing, Breakapart, the Envelope Tool, and ALL of it FAILED. yep none of it worked like i'd expected. Lots of Youtube tutorials and some Book Learin' and none of it answered my issues. BUT NONE THE LESS, here's the outcome.
The story? "The Brave and Mysterious NinjaPirate defends the flowers of he hill from the Evil Sea Queen and her serpent."
Art work provided by Harper, (8yr old)
crummy Animation provided by Dad, (age indeterminate) ....
Week 13.! i was so going to make an epic, inspired by "actual events" but had to cut it short, i was trying to use Symbols and well , 'methodology' got in my way. If anyone ever says "animation is easy" , punch 'em.
Here is another short film i did LONG ago. I shot it on s8mm on a home made down shooter i made in my loft. (i cut a hole in the second floor's floor and mounted the camera on a tripod and tied the tripod to anchors i screwed into the floor). So for weeks i had to step over the tripod while going about my business! anyway, it is all paper cut outs (Artwork inspired by and done by David Ryan) on 2 planes of glass held up by saw-horses and lite by 8$ clip on lights. Again the music was done by Blaise Smith, (i should hook up a link to that freakin' genius's website soon!)
"The Best laid plans go so so wrong". I wanted to do something, anything that used 3D space rather than always playing things perpendicular to the camera. It's amazing how hard it is and equally as surprising what you can get away with. I joke with my friends about how horrible each frame or drawing is but in motion it sort of flows together. i gotz to start drawing better...!
Ok this one took 2 weeks. i posted a work in progress, but decided to just keep the Finished piece up. I'm still in the mode of "doodle fast and try 1 new button a week" . This week was trying to use a "symbol" instead of drawing every frame (look at the Swing). .. so i'm already falling short of my 52 animations... nuts
A nightly Ambush routine i endure. Not that i don't love it, well maybe sometimes not so much. I am discovering i approach FLASH the same way i approach Stop Motion animation, "straight ahead, frame by frame" with very little going back. It is not really the best way to work, i am going to "try" that more 2D approach of Key Poses and then Breakdowns... it's kinda antithetical to what my hand wants to do.
My very first FLASH animation. start FAIL, start FAIL, Finish. it's almost like the "real life"?! in an effort to have fun with animation again and try to actually follow thru on a New Years Resolution (which i never make because i never DO) i will start the year trying to do an Animation a Week. ("i'll believe it when i see it" says the peanut gallery). So here's the Start...
To start this thing off i FINALLY, after all these years, got off my lazy ^#*&$)#&_*!@#^ and posted my Short Film, The Hunger Artist. It took 4yrs, on and off, as i still had to earn money. It won many awards and did pretty well over all out there in the Festival Circuit world. I did the whole thing cradle to grave in my warehouse, but i had great help from Frank Petzold, Shawn Brennan, and Blaise Smith (who did the fantastic sound track).
you can find the whole thing on youtube or my youtube site under Hodiigeth.
Well all you Lowlier than Holys out there. I am splitting off my Animation work from my old Blog Site http://gibbysdowntime.blogspot.com/ , it seems i need to organize my disparate personalities into a less 'hunt and peck middle mouse scroll' interface. So for now all my Animation ramblings and efforts will be posted in this new shiny Blog and my Art/Decay will stay at "Downtime". Someday i will master the world of the interweb and harness it's vastness for my purposes. Until then i will stumble along creating multiple Me's.