Sunday, August 30, 2009

So much has happened...

Been quite awhile since the last post, I've been caught up in this frenzy of catching up with the news and it has turned me a little bit bitter. Sometimes I ask friends a few questions and we immediately jump into an argument - the beauty of politics. I feel like I've been so detached from the world, sitting inside my little bubble blissfully ignorant of life outside it. It has become such a ghastly place recently - the U S of A and I'm ashamed I didn't make myself aware of it much earlier.

BUT! On the bright side it gave me a great concept for a film that I think has enough merit to pursue to the end. I don't know if I'll be able to tell the whole story in anything around ten minutes though but we'll see... maybe 20 will do (10 minutes is already ambitious -.-). With a few tips from my friend Jim, I came up with a sketch of the protagonist - Milton James Harvey.

This is the evolution of the Moe character - pretty neat how far he's gone :)

Speaking of Moe I did this really small commercial clip using a Butterfinger bar. I'll admit that I had 8 days to do it, slacked off the first 4, got sick the next 3, and did this overnight haha. I am so driven -.- Because of the time restraint I'm not really proud of it, but practice is practice none-the-less. The light was too low, the clip was too short, the list goes on and on... but my dad and I got to make some chairs!

Here it is:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Moe's Disco Dance - Contest Entry!

During my time practicing the animation with Moe I came across this contest at - a place to buy/sell handcrafted goods. What better than a stop motion animation to fit the theme: "A Handmade Moment".

So I tried a couple of different moves and for the past few days have been working on just this little tiny 30 second clip as an entry. It's amazing what you can learn doing something like this and I've certainly gained a mountain of knowledge from doing this minuscule clip. It seemed easy to do at first but post-production (mostly cause of my own laziness during animation) took far longer than I anticipated. Never-the-less after just two normal work days and then two sleepless nights I've completed it and I'm pretty satisfied.

Any tips / critiques about the animation are extremely welcome. If you really like it drop a vote - but I'd love a comment about anything I can do to up the animation game. Thanks for lookin'!