I don’t know why but I love stamps. I also love animating. I love stamps and animating. So for the past two years I’ve had this fantasy of designing a stamp that I could use to identify stacks of animation paper, folders of relevant material, contracts, ALL the clerical shit. Something about stamps makes clerical shit seem romantic. Anyway- for my thesis I’ve gone and done it:
I was gonna carve the stamp myself out of this linoleum kit my mom bought me a couple years back- but I’m pretty bad at carving- and I wanted a stamp that I didn’t have to roll with ink. When I decided to PAY for the stamp to be made- I thought I’d push the limits and add some real thin line-work in there.
It arrived today and I’m super pleased with the results. A cool stamp and a badass laser-etched? wooden block background to help me identify it.
Now I actually have to make my thesis so I can stamp it.
My old buddy and animation brother Jesse James Dean just graduated from the Academy of the Arts up in San Francisco. The only person in his year to present a finished work in time to graduate. Because he’s a man that keep his promises. Here’s Meat Pops:
He and I both realized we wanted to be in animation at the same time. The dude is going to be successful. Katie and I went up to San Fran last weekend to see his graduation screening chill with our other buddies. It was an awesome 2 days. Here is a random assortment of pics:
I went off the grid for a little while to produce the animatic for my thesis. I usually never bring my animatics to this level- but Peter Chung and Jennifer Yuh Nelson have both infected my brain with the quality of their work and I spent an entire week in a chair drawing my thesis. Here it is in order:
And here it is ALL AT ONCE:
It took forever, but it was totally worth it. I feel like I’ve already finished my thesis- now it’s just filling in the spaces. Two days ago I showed it to the faculty, got officially approved, and I start production in JUNE. Here’s one of my favorite stills:
AAAAAAAAND the slides I used to present my thesis to the review board:
Another design for Bill:
Eventually I want to make it more simple and more gestural. I’m going to start animation tests and style frames on Monday. Right now I’m relaxing and collecting neck-wrinkle data:
LASTLY- I’m designing some stamps for my thesis. Don’t know why- I just like stamps:
Messing around with some of the features in CS6. Stabilized this footage of Katie in After Effects, rendered out each frame individually, then ran a batch action of this new ‘Oil’ filter in photoshop. It’s interesting. I mean, it looks like a silly photoshop filter- but I think it’s sort of mesmerizing when applied to video. Make sure to watch it HD, otherwise it just looks out of focus: