Recent News…

I’ve been in the studio shooting stop-motion as much as possible in the run up to the rough-cut deadline. I’ve shot all the stop-motion parts and it’s time to devote all my time to the 2D part. After that I will do some more stop-motion, because there are some things I still wanted to try for the beginning/titles and for fun, but so far I’ve got what I need. I managed to reshoot the tattoo scene and the opening scene and I think they work a lot better and I enjoyed using the lighting and reflectors I borrowed from the loans store the “kino flow diva light” 🙂

Check out these new production stills:

tattoo shootin hoops locker sandwich

Also you can follow me on twitter and instagram, that’s fun because I’ve been posting pictures directly from the set…

Working on the last shots

Trying to finish all the animation this weekend has been a task, but necessary so we can be final cutting tomorrow! Can’t wait to see the bits that haven’t been put together yet, and all the elements that Steph has worked on that are just great! David and Lynn are working on the lines part when the characters jump in the cab and the bus. They’ve worked really hard this weekend. Thanks everyone…last little bit!

I did some drawing in pencil for what seemed like the first time in ages. Such a beautiful feeling. Not that I don’t like drawing straight into flash but theres no comparison, for the sensation paper and pencil gives. These were just to get the position for the final shot.

         

REGULAR SHOW

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I was reminded of Regular Show yesterday. It’s such a hilarious Cartoon Network show! The character design is so funny too, Benson is a foul tempered gum-ball machine and a Mordecai is a 6ft blue jay! In this episode Benson tries to control his anger… the results are worth waiting for.

UPA

Yesterdays lecture on UPA was ferociously inspiring, I can’t stop thinking about Rooty Toot Toot! Although I was familiar with the style, and the Cartoon Modern book I didn’t really know anything about UPA as an animation studio. It’s fascinating how influential the work was on subsequent cartoons, but also on graphics and illustration of the time. I was particularly captivated by how they made the characters and objects transparent and the colours of people’s clothing or buildings didn’t need to be contained by their lines. It reminded me of screen printing and the brilliant effects you can get when you introduce line drawings onto flat background, or when the registration is off (which if you are me happens every time!) This style does still seem refreshing and modern even though it has been appropriated rather exhaustively. Some of the imitations are swell too.

For a more analytical and authoritative account here’s John K’s : Stylized Spumco