Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Though the land of the rising sun is world renowned for their anime it certainly isn't a place for animators. I had been suspicious of the treatment of employees in studio Ghibli for some time and my fears were confirmed. As tough as the film market is in the United States it's easy to assume that it would be twice as hard in Japan. The long nights with no pay that workers experience here is a daily grind for the Japanese. Studio Ghibli is a place that takes advantage of the bright new dreamers, wear down all the passion they have into making a film until finally they burn out. Truly it is a market where only the strong survive. I think most the students I know in SCAD would never make it there.
If people are curious about where I got this information it is in fact a very reliable source. One of the guest professors on the trip, the infamous Mark Schultz, was able to meet with his friend Geoff Darrow. Darrow is currently working on an animated version of his comic Shanghai Cowboy at MadHouse. I'm not sure how hush hush the project is, so the only thing I'll mention is that you should anticipate the most awesome crab ever. His experience at MadHouse however has not been much of an enjoyable one. When Mark and Professor Gotto entered the studio they say it was one of the most depressing places they had ever laid eyes on. Cubicles the size of outhouses, people passed out on the floor, and a general negative energy. Geoff explained that this was a very common sight in Japan and that workers collapse in studios because they work all night long. Animators only get paid by scene, and crap pay at that. Anyone working there are hardcore fanboys that do it because they love it, not because they can support themselves. A high percent of employees still live at home with their parents because their salaries are so low.
Not everything that I heard from Geoff was bad news. He also had some rare gems of valuable quotes, and an interesting back story on how he got in the industry. He was also so kind to show our class some of his production originals for Shanghai Cowboy and sketched a self-portrait for me! I may upload that here later.
I'll leave you with a few of Geoff Darrow's quotes:
" six legs and big claws equal big laughs"
" People on an airplane-not funny. Now you put a bear on that airplane, that's funny"
"In animation everything is black and white. People are either ugly or attractive."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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The scene when the whale gets all excited about seeing it for the first time is also almost completed.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Well I completed the walk cycle of my skeleton guy. I tried to give him the slight look of military, but I think I over worked it. When the walk cycle happens in place it didn't appear to be that bad, but when going across the screen it looks stiff. Rather then tweaking this more then it has to I'm going to spend my time wisely and move on to the final tutorial.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Second rotoscope completed. I got tired of people, so I rotoscoped a cat instead. The only problem I encountered was that the cat actually stops in the frame at the end, so for looping purposes I animated him going off screen.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Just completed the second tutorial for the puppet animation required. I had fun with this. I have a little bit of experience doing puppet animation from back in Animation 2 class. My final project was all done in photoshop and after effects. After Effects makes puppet animation in Flash feel like putting together a 20 piece jigsaw rather then a 200 one. So I enjoyed this. Hope you like my mad dog hopping around in Hannah's gunflower world. Is it bandages, or a straight jacket? You decide!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Robyn Haley “Dirigibles don’t fall in love (w/t)”
Blowing Winds and the slight ambient sound of water flowing.
Shot of the whale floating in the sky going about his business.
Blow hole noise (slight burst of air).
Close up shot of the whale blowing out clouds.
Long shot of whale. Two seagulls fly by cheerfully intertwining their paths.
More seagull caws
MS of whale smiling
Fading gull caws.
Long shot of seagulls fading into the distance and over the shoulder shot of whale.
Ambient sea/sky sounds
CU of whale. Looks around.
Ambient sea/sky sounds
POV nothing is there but the sky and his clouds.
Ambient sea/sky sounds.
Slight whale sigh.
ECU The whale casts his eyes down in his loneliness.
Ambient sea/sky sounds.
MS. Whale spots something in the distance.
Distant sound of engine
LS. Slight zoom. A dirigible floats in the distance through the clouds.
CU. Whale is pleasantly surprised. Assumes the dirigible is another whale.
Engine sounds and rushing wind.
LS. Pan. The excited whale flies next to the dirigible. It tries to impress it by blowing out a heart cloud.
Loud humming of engine.
MS of dirigible having no reaction.
Cross cut of the whale looking perplexed.
Gleeful whale noise.
Cut to MS of whale and dirigible. The whale smiles at its idea and flies in front of the machine.
Explosion, flames, faint sound of people screaming.
MS. Instead of gently nuzzling it, the dirigible crashes into the whale.
Flames, faint sound of screams.
Down shot. The dirigible falls toward the ocean.
CU. The whale looks absolutely mortified.
Monday, September 22, 2008
His short films are where it's at. Especially Revolution of the Crabs. Everyone needs to watch it.
A fair warning though if you check out his illustrative work be prepared to be a fair amount of disturbed. He has some raunchy drawings of a strange mixture of frog/chibi/pin up girls.
As Max would say "aawoooo".
Sunday, September 21, 2008
1. A guy walking down cliché ave. (ie. falling pianos, open man holes, etc.) and narrowly escapes each only to spontaneously combust at the end.
not quite sure if this will work. May be too complicated.
2. Box of kittens. Evil kittens.
eh. I'm bored already of this.
3. A guy is seen in a totally empty area and the only thing that gives it life is different beats and rhythm causing his appearance and area to change.
so far this is my favorite. It requires a number of backgrounds, but then is simple in terms of cycled dance animations. There's a lot of freedom with it. The major speed bump is what music I use. I may be forced to create my own.
4. Something involving a dirigible. I was thinking something classy, along the lines of a few rich men just standing about in a cushy area sipping tea tooting "what what, splendid day for an air ride what." until it zooms out to the scene of the dirigible hitting the building.
very classy, right? Perhaps a bit too simple though. Not sure if it will meet the required time length.
That's all I have at the moment..... I just don't know what to do.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
1. Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
2. School: Savannah College of Art and Design
3. Major: Animation
4. 2d or 3d? - second dimension all the way.
5. Favorite Color: Purple and Green. That's right, there are two. Maybe even more. Who says you can't have more than one?
6. Favorite Food: Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and fine breads. When I make a meal, I always consider "now how can I incorporate cheese into this?"
7. Favorite Animal: Hawks?
8. Favorite Movie: honestly I can't pick.
9. Least Favorite Movie: Jumper. Though there are more horrible movies out there just as worthy of this title.
10. Favorite Band: Deep Forest
11. Favorite Artist: Alphonse Mucha
12. Favorite Book: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
13. Favorite Show: Dexter
14. Favorite Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Brothers, and Metroid Prime
15. My only weakness: bullets. Only sometimes stabbings and diseases.