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…

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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

Trip Heads

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I re-sculpted Trip’s head too. I’ve made around 15 now, but none of them really looked like the drawings I did, some had eyes like a goldfish, and others looked too alien-like/Munch’s The Scream… this one (at the top) is the closest so far. I’ve got two versions the same now, I used a slightly different modeling technique this time it seemed to be more effective! 🙂

New Armature for Trip!

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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!

Trip Transforms/Spot Lighting

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The grass outside the school is now complete, got a big roll this morning and stuck it down, which is perfect! Gonna be trying some more dramatic/unrealistic lighting options to set the scene.