I was interviewed over at Zippy Frames about the Boxhead and Roundhead feature. Wheeeee!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Making a film is like deciding to adopt an orphan from some war torn, strife ridden corner of the world. At first it seems like a great idea. There's a lot of energy and excitement of what's to come. Then after a while it starts waking you up screaming in the night, and freaking out in company.
Shitting all over your regular plans and costing you more than you expected.
Eventually you want to avoid it but you can't, because if you do it'll wither away and die and by now you feel some responsibility for it.
And people keep asking "How's the film? Is it doing well?".
So you stick with it, through the exhaustion and late nights and drama.
One day it grows up and it heads out on it's own and you've either grown to love it or you never want to see it again.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Boxhead & Roundhead feature has been plodding on.
I've been crawling, exhausted towards this point for months, but finally I've tipped the 40 minute mark. Only another 28 or so to go (and a whole bunch of fiddly face animation that I'm hoping to foister onto students over the summer).
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Friday, April 12, 2013
A note to all my students. This business with the redundancies at Disney is sure to be playing on your minds. I have this bit of blunt advice for you. It isn't going to effect your career path. In the years I've been teaching I can think of maybe 4 students with the potential to be doing the kind of high end animation that Disney requires in their features. Further to this, they've barely been making anything drawn anyway.
This doesn't make the situation any less miserable or frustrating but do know that you are a devilishly talented bunch and although it's not an easy path, there every reason for many of you to one day add your own names to a long list of greats.
And please, learn some 3D.
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From the blog of Michael Sporn:
In the past week I saw a half-hour of Elliot Cowan’s fine film, the Boxhead and Roundhead feature. This is the feature length version of the short films he’s been doing for years. Graphically, those black and white shorts were brimming with exciting animation in vibrant black and white. The feature, of course, expands on what was done in the shorts and is graphically one of the most exciting animated films I’ve seen in ages. Elliot has about a hlaf hour done, and the film is well on its way. I can only speak high of it, but I’m reluctant to say much of anything for fear of giving away something I don’t have the right to say. If you’ve heard any chat about this movie, it’s true. This film is as good as anything I’ve recently seen. And I’ve seen it all - big budget and no budget.
Big thanks to Michael who's blog should be visited by all animation aficionados and lovers of drawing.
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