Category Archives: Process

‘Escape Velocity’ Storyboards

“Escape Velocity is the speed at which the kinetic energy plus the gravitational potential energy of an object is zero” says wikipedia. It’s the speed required to escape orbit.

My idea for the final due on December 13th is a multiplane single shot of this rocket leaving the atmosphere. I had to jam out these storyboards because my plan for sound is due tomorrow. The idea is simple and one I’ve had for a while- but the final has to be 60 seconds long- and that’s putting a strain on my original concept.
The time minimum is making me push the animation beyond what I would have preferred. I’m worried that I’m losing the idea that made me want to make this piece in the first place. But the time for second guessing is over- I’ve gotta start production now or I won’t be able to finish, so I’m gonna push through with this plan.

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A few weeks ago we went as a class to go see the Tim Burton show at LACMA. As a result, this week’s one hour assignment is to create a short animation in the style of Tim Burton, using any of the methods we’ve learned so far:

SPOOOOKY . I was truly not excited about this assignment. There were no bright ideas rattling around in my brain. So I entered into my hour with low expectations. But ignoring the lame scare, I think this ended up looking kind of nice.

I don’t know if you can tell on youtube, but last minute I decided to screw around with a multiplane and animate rain running down the window, which ended up being one of the most interesting parts. I believe that if it was actually visible, you would agree that it was cool too. What’s cool is that there was barely any animating going on, it was a stupidly simple set up. I was working on something KIND of like this:

(Except the plates of glass were being held up by stacks of plastic film cores.)

 stacks of plastic film core

I collaged a few images in photoshop and printed them out. And drew the Burton deer for him to change into: That was really it. I placed the window frame above the deer head and scraped glycerin across it every frame so that it looked like it was raining.


That’s the experiment that I think got me the most excited. I know it’s too dark to even see here, but at full resolution it was a nice touch. So I got a new trick to keep in mind.

The only thing thing I moved after that was a lamp for the car lights and the exposure/ISO setting on the camera to fake the thunder. Easiest project yet, and I think it’s the most successful.

Well- that’s it for me. The length of this post can be attributed to procrastination, but now the guilt is overwhelming, and I have to go work.

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Lip Sync Assignment

I am shocked with how much fun these assignments are. I tried to push this movement a little bit, but I still think I could make it crazier. Everyone in the class has the audio clip and crit’s in 3 minutes. I’m excited. I’d say there are 5 people still in the cubicles still working.
Einar was telling me that the best drawings come during the in betweens, and I definitely agree for this project. After 20 or so drawings of the head I started to loosen up, here are my 2 favorites:

I also got to use x-sheets for the first time:

I printed out 3 x-sheets. One to plan for the body, one to plan for the eyes and one to plan for the lips. Somebody had already analyzed the audio clip and delineated on what frames the words would start. Next time I’m going to have to do that myself. So I animated the lip-synch, then I made this frame for it so it had some context:

I don’t know if he’s telling someone else to get away from the cake- or if he’s seeing himself in a mirror and is trying to stick to a diet. It’s dumb either way.

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Gator Study and Limpy Walk Cycle

Quadruped Walk Cycle week! I’ve tried to cram a lot into these past few days. The result isn’t anything particularly awesome, but I definitely learned a lot. Hopefully soon I’ll upload a rotoscope of my dog Barley I did.
A lot of activity around school, the animation show of shows last night and a free screening of TinTin on Sunday. I’m trying to reconcile my illustrative drawing with animation here on this alligator, but I’m not sure about the results. It seems to stiffen up the movement:
I found this video of an alligator walking for reference:

But I was having trouble understanding what all 4 legs were doing at once, so I edited the video into this thing below:

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Some nostalgic exercises

I was doodling in class the other day and little images of Florida kept coming out.

I’m not very confident dealing with light, so I scanned it in to experiment:

Zoomed in real close- the sunset one looks like some UPA style background. But I like the colors:

It’s feeling fall-ish outside, I want to start making some soups.

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