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Thesis Pitch Bible

2_Palmfarm & Jar

      Had to make a pitch-bible for my thesis. I’m not the best graphic designer and all the text kind of made the layout look like garbage, so I removed it for the purposes of the post. What you’re seeing here are some first-pass designs. I’ve got to push Bill so he’s easier to animate and hopefully a more stylish design. One that doesn’t look like Master Roshi. The title is tentative. There is actually a lot more work to be done.
I was getting some great feedback, and I thought my story was 100% done, but when I put my storyboards into an animatic it timed out to 8 and half minutes. Which is much too long if I want to produce any worthwhile animation. 2 minutes need to be shave, which is going to be rough. Plus I’m going to try and work in more scenes that will be exciting to animate.
     Like this:

     That is a beautifully animated little spot that Simon showed me yesterday. I downloaded it and was stepping through the frames last night because I was blown away by how much motion-blur they animated into the image. I also noticed that the individual drawings aren’t that great. It’s just the movement that’s phenomenal. Plus everything the story lends itself to animation.
     I’m a little worried that I have the opposite problems. My drawings might be solid, but they don’t move as well, and the stories I write don’t translate into stuff that’s easily animate-able. I’m sure I can make my thesis move well, but I just have to keep reminding myself of what’s possible in animation. There is a lot of learning to be done, and a lot of stuff to keep in mind at all times.
     Put this on top of an exciting potential job opportunity I’m not sure I can even talk about- and I’m almost seizing up from all the stuff I need to be juggling. But there are only 2 weeks left in the semester, so I have to crank it out.
     Woof- this blog needs more drawings and less venting.

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idol head

Mignola has seeped into my subconscious. Here are some doodles that are a result of that infection. And below is an update on some of the freelance animation I’m doing:

Now I’m going to take another stab at boarding my thesis.

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Trashed my 3rd draft of thesis!


NO MORE procrastinating – all boards and style development now. IT’S STARTING TO GET FUN.

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Some Extracurricular work

It felt like I had some spare time on my hands a few weeks ago, so I decided to obliterate it, and I took on a little bit of extracurricular work. First is a animation that’s going to be projected on an 8 foot wide inflatable balloon at a Visual Music event at USC in a month:

It’s some kaleidescopic imagery made out of vegetable MRI’s that a “Boston based technologist” Andy Ellison has been putting out on the internet. I think they’re amazing. The first repeating sequence is garlic, and when everything turns into solid white circles in the middle, you’re looking at grapes.
Second up is some work I’m doing on a 3rd year MFA’s thesis. Lisa Chung is unbelievably positive friendly and her thesis is going to turn out beautiful, so I’m happy to be a part of it. Plus I get to get more familiar with Flash. This is only my second pass, and there hasn’t been a clean-up yet, but it’s fun to work with these lump monsters instead of my usual fat old men. Which I guess aren’t that different.

I’ll post the final version when I’m done with it- but here’s version 4:

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