On set…

making of

 

Getting Trip into position last Friday. We had a good week of shooting, was nice to be reiminded how much I love stop-motion, it can be so much fun when you get into the flow of it. Hopefully will be able to iron out some of the problems I encountered this week. Looking forward to getting back in my black box tomorrow morning!

Leg break…

breakleg

So, this happened right at the beginning of the week…but it actually was very fortunate because I was accepting the fact I had accidentally made the right leg a little longer than the left, so I could file it down and make sure the threaded ball joint screwed all the way on this time. Once I fixed him up, off we went starting with the end scene. I can’t tell you how much I love this armature! It’s so brilliant to animate with, makes a huge difference, it has weight and brings personality and flexibility beyond what I anticipated. Totally worth the money. And so, the following day…

blue trip

 

EXHIBITION AT LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Parties CharactersOur animations are part of an exhibition at The London Transport Museum, opening May 17th. Here are the characters I designed for the animation ‘Parties’ (online soon!)

Susan Young

Last week Susan Yong gave a lecture at college. I really love her fluid and imaginative animations, we are so lucky to have her talk in depth about her process. She is such an interesting person too, she’s doing some really brilliant research at the Royal College at the moment about animation as therapy.

http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=515521

My lecture notes:IMG_2722

She’s from the Valley, he’s not…

ValleyGirl

I finally watched the whole of this movie Valley Girl, about Nic Cage, a major cornchip (a “punk” from Hollywood) and this pastel pink betty from the Valley. Naturally there’s more than the literal mountain range that they’ve got to overcome to be together. The plot holes are so 80’s, and the music ranges from kickin’ New Wave to the truly bogus Josie Cotton. With totally tubular lines like “fuck you for sure” and “Bitchin’ is this movie in 3D?”… “No, but your face is” ¬† you gotta see this movie!

Nicolas-Cage-Valley-Girl

For a glossary of the Valley terms employed please see this trippendicular lexicon:

http://www.inthe80s.com/glossary.shtml

VAL

Been getting some inspiration¬†from The Valley lately. I’m digging the 80’s Valley jargon in this Moon Zappa record (below). Plus picking up the vibe the places to hang from Encino Man, a movie about a frozen caveman who learns how to be just like a regular dude…sorta.

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Not to stray too far from the Hollywood side of L.A. I re-watched the eternally awesome Clueless, a film that apparently just gets better and better as time goes by. So witty, and a cute attitude too.

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