Monday, January 27, 2014
Of the many sensible people on planet Earth one of my favourite is Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Many years ago on his JJJ radio show he was taking talkback questions from the punters and was asked, for the millionth time, about a perpetual motion machine. Patiently Dr Karl suggested it was a waste of time and that you'd be better off trying to make a self-tickling device. It's impossible to self generate the kind of reaction you get when someone else tickles you. So you might do the world and your bank account a favour by creating something fun and jolly like this. This has stuck with me and I've worked the idea into a gag in my Boxhead & Roundhead feature (which is nearly done, by the way). So, thanks Dr Karl. I suspect this isn't the first time you've had your toes dipped in animation and maybe it won't be the last.
at 1:37 PM
Monday, January 20, 2014
New York based animator Michael Sporn has died. I didn't know Michael well, but we corresponded on a semi regular basis. A few months back I wrote to tell him that there seemed to be considerably less than there was the last time I saw him. He brushed it off. He was hardly going to tell me his problems. Michael was a grumpy kind of guy but he was always supportive of my stuff which I appreciated. Goodbye Michael... Take the time to scour his blog and let's hope it remains online for as long as possible. http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/
at 4:58 PM
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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.
at 8:43 PM
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).
at 8:45 PM
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.
at 11:29 AM