Thursday, 18 March 2010

Animation Workshop # 01 - Name Morph

Here's my first ever hand drawn animation, other than the joint effort on the face morph of course. Its a bit jumpy but i think its okay, it took a lot longer than i predicted but i guess everything in CG is like that :)


  1. Nothing there, Richard!! :(

  2. I like the part when the black bit morphs into the black screen and then the dark black morphs again into nothing.

  3. You know that was my favourite bit too, not sure whats happend there, ill try it again :/

  4. Richard I think embedding from youtube is still the best way to go.

  5. Ha love the comments, vimeo is a good alternative too :)

  6. Yeah i know i did try using youtube but same thing happens :/

  7. Online Interim Review 23/03/10

    Hey Rich,

    There's not much new stuff for me to respond to here, but suffice to say I very much like the 'pas de deux' element of your story idea, and your body of work so far demonstrates that you've pushed past your initial lack of enthusiasm for The Bilious Spinning Top, and are crafting it into something very engaging. When you come to storyboard, be sure to really 'direct' your story; use all that you've learned so far - so think about making the most of the 16:9 frame, the rule of thirds, the way the viewpoint can create intimacy simply by tracking in; use a variety of 'shots' as you draw; think about montage editing too - so that you cut between midshots and close-ups, and work closely with your musical sound-track; match the timings and cut-rate to the music and very quickly you'll begin to create a very coherent piece of work; demonstrate all that you've learned re. the effective telling of stories. Consider too, your staging - remember that your environment may - or may not - be important; don't underestimate the effectiveness of white space and the simple line drawing.

    See the following post for general guidance re. the written assignment - it seems to me that, following the success of your last assignment, you've taken on some good technique and research habits; your challenge now is to continue to nurture an authoritative 'voice' and a more elegant writing style.

  8. Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

    ‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


    ‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

    Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

    ‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

    In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

    * If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

    When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

    When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

    You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

    Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

    Please double-space your written assignments!

    You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!