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

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THE SPACE

A few of us have our Shakespeare animations on the BBC/Art Council website THE SPACE. We also did interviews that you can see on the website too. Nice to revisit that project it was such a great collaboration. Thanks a lot to The Space, The RSC, Jo Morrison, Darryl, Steve and Birgitta!Picture 2

 

http://thespace.org/items/e0001k02?t=ccj5g

Music by the talented Laura Stevens: http://laurastevenscomposes.blogspot.co.uk/The Space interview

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.

ROCKING THAT PINK

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Some layered drawings for my 2D animated parts, bringing back those pinks and keeping the drawings free and fluid.

And the cover for a magazine I saw in the BFI shop today, I like the colours in the illustration:

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TRIP CHANGES

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The last 2 weeks we had lectures from Phil Hunt from studio AKA and director Ben Hibon, not only were they lectures brilliant their advice and observations on our work was really accurate and very helpful. They were both really clear about what they thought needed changing to improve the story.

Thanks to them and Steve I’ve made some quite big changes to the story and I feel it’s really taking shape now, the improvements have helped me figure out exactly what I was trying to say with this film and I feel I’ve got some renewed confidence about the idea.

I also got more help from Ioli and she was so encouraging and really payed attention to the new idea, bringing new possibilities not just for the acting but for all the elements. She has a really great eye and was really positive about me retaining my personal style, experimenting and making the most of my strengths rather than worrying about my weaknesses.

The new animatic shows Trip, still having a bad time at school, but in the new version he is the only puppet and everyone else is 2D. The tattoo is his first attempt to be more 2D, and eventually his connection with tattoo artist Pepsi is what brings him from an isolated stop-motion world into the 2D world. I want to keep the 2D world loose and sketch with the essence of my line drawings. I hope I will improve my stop-motion animation by focusing on the single puppet, rather than spreading my attention too thinly over several puppets.

I feel I need to spend the money to get a more professional armature because I know there are definite limitations with my home-made versions, I’m stalling slightly because of the cost, but I know it will be worth it.

School Set

IMG_2130 the school set as it is now…. Arrested development because I need more fake grass and fake bricks. Darryl has been brilliant, setting up all the things we need for our stop-motion studio and aplogies to Steve for encroaching on your office space!