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.
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.
I took the plunge and got a professional armature kit (from the helpful guys at http://www.animationsupplies.net/) and began remaking Trip from scratch. It really will make a huge difference to the animation, working with homemade twisted wire armatures is fun, but they are limited and break too easily. I’m really looking forward to animating with the new model. It also seems worth the investment since I plan to make some follow up episodes. It’s thanks to Brook for inspiring me to raise the bar on my animation, she had her armature from the get go and I could see how great it looked. It’s one of the wonderful things about about being in college is you are encouraged to push your work further by fellow students.
It was very fiddly to make this thing for the the first time and took me ages. I had to concentrate so hard to make sure I was getting all the bits right. I still made a few mistakes, but the next one should be easier! The articulation of these joints are awesome!