Monday, 30 January 2012

Week 10: Showreel diary

Week 10
Things have had a slow start.
I've blocked things out.
The idea is a man running for his tube train but It has been missing something.

That's when I realised I've got bogged down in the realism. I've filmed reference so much and looked at people in a normal environment that I forgot that I'm animating a cartoon not a motion capture sequence.
So I've gone back to the drawing board and I'm looking at the classics.
I love the way in this clip from Ratatouille Chef Skinner is being led by his head and his arms have so much overlap.They almost trail behind him in this clip. you would never see someone do this in real life but get rid of it in this clip and you lose a whole dimension. LINK
(the posing at 1:13 is fantastic)

Another fantastic animation to look at for a realistic/ cartoony balance is the great 'cloudy with a chance of meatballs' this is one of my favourite animations of recent times. every move is so ridiculous but also in the right place. Love it!LINK
(no clip suggestion..just watch it all!)

Then of course, there's goofy.
enough said:
(4:52 onwards is classic Disney runs)

This drawing by Andrew Tunney
is a favourite of mine because in this still you get such a feeling of music and a pose I would never think of using.

So the motto of the moment is. if in doubt cartoon it out....that doesn't make sense but you get the idea.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Week 13 : Showreel Diary

Week 13

New Showreel Time.
Yes its that time of year.

I've decided that instead of settling and editing together clips from the shows I've been working on , I'd make a whole new reel.
Animating is a 24 hour job and it does come with the unfortunate bonus of not being able to just fill out a CV but that's surely why we do it.

So I've set myself a 13 week challenge. 5 new animations , each with 2.5 of a week to finish.

It sounds like a crazy plan but when we think about how much animation we are producing at work its quite a relaxed schedule.

The plan is:
3 mechanical animations i.e run, walk, jump
1 pantomime i.e a change in emotion without words
2 acting pieces (both dialogue pieces, one single character and one with two characters)

I'm aiming to spend most of the two weeks of each animation just planning.
Planning has definitely become my secret weapon as I have become an animator.
Ref, thumbs and more ref. I say secret but I think that we all know that planning is king.

This all sounds simple and easy in writing but I have already encountered my first stumbling block.
The plan was to animate a baby's first steps. I've wanted to animate this since uni as it has always fascinated me. Unfortunately I assumed that a few rigs would be easy to alter and I was proved miserably wrong so its been put on the back burner and instead I have started my run.

So cross your fingers for me and I'll keep you updated.
Go Go Gadget Showreel!