Monday, September 27, 2010

In case you weren't sick of me yet...

Starting to reconsider the direction of thesis. Perhaps it's less about people killing themselves and more about why the characters don't kill themselves. Hmmmm (ponder ponder ponder...)

While you're waiting...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rough animatics: which makes the best funny?

Hi everyone,
I have my first set of rough animatics for the "bro" skit. Which one do you guys like the best? Also, sorry I couldn't embed it, but blogger keeps denying me it's video loading magic. Tried several formats and sizes. Apparently, I'm just not cool enough. Hooray for youtube.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Also, you can only watch it if you have the URL. I don't like weirdos looking at my stuff. Let me know if there are issues.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Character Design

I'll help Jean revive this.

Here's a sketchy walk cycle.

 My character is the only robot in a normal world who has ever only been influenced by the news media (it's the only signal that has ever been picked up on his antenna). You get the impression he's been a solitary creature for most of his "life". My thesis focuses around his "enlightenment", or rather him going out into the world and finding out there's more to life than just negativity and despair. He's curious, naive, and worn out; much like an adult who has been in a coma since childhood. He wears a sweatshirt to try to fit into the mundane world, the irony of which is that he's a robot and will always appear different (kind of hard to hard your head when it's a TV).

Further suggestions? Improvements? Considering shoes to add to the ridiculousness of him trying to be one of the crowd.

Working Working Working

Thought I might try to revive this and put up what I wrote on my other blog. Please throw in whatever thoughts pop up!

Alright! Working away at thesis! Actually I've noticed that calling it by it's title negates the negative association with the word THESIS ;)

Actually I just wanted to put down my process. Usually I write it down on a messed up keyframe and tuck it in with my folder things I've learned. Putting it on here, makes it much easier to find though in the future.

Well, first off, I decided that I can't explain my animation as well as I can show it. So I'm doing a 'test' of the Intro (the first scene) with the narration over an basic Animatic! I'll slave over the rest of the storyboard right after..

Wrote out the story- really tried to get the feeling and tone of voice (without over doing it and being too indulgent) It ended up just being about being in the right mindset for it (relaxed and focused). Never worked when I tried to rush it

Story to Script- cutting away. I thought it would hurt to chop down all the words, but actually I don't mind. It's hard, but trying to find the simplest and basic idea... it's about finding the minimum for sharing a thought

Scripting and Sketching for Storyboard- I am SO SO SO glad that I decided to work more organically with overlapping segments. Thank you Mister Hock. I have a bad tendency to want to feel like I completed a step before moving on to the next; but having a schedule that has overlapping and deadlines? Perfect. So while I'm scripting, I have my sketchbook laid out in front of me. They compliment each other also, when I can't figure out what I should cut away I think about what I can tell visually. They're so connected. I always think of what the visiting animator said about doing documentaries "use the visuals to tell the rest of the story. What you can't put in the narration)

Then Storyboarding becomes more of a breeze- I try to think more about how I want think to cut away and how the camera should move -and of course note variations in the margins. This is also good place to try and push things.

Recording- Audio- used Garageband (new track>live>internal mic>adjust recording volume as ness.) Need to remember not to have that metronome on (Command+N). It'll keep that in the recording. Also Exported through the Share tab (one piece) that will need to be chopped up for later

Also I want to review Toon Boom more, because the program has a lot of potential. Figure out to export a single fame as a snap shot though! Here we go this is from the basic animatic for the Intro!

Monday, September 13, 2010


Hey Guys!

Animation Club to start this WEEK! We are opening up with UP (aka the most awesome pixar movie of all time...if you wanna argue with me on that one come to CLUB!)

Animation club will be held @ Brown in room 215 every Weds. @ 10.

Animation Zombies are coming! We are going to eat your hearts out!

- Sid, Jean, and Rachel plus WILL!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Hey Guys,

what time would be best for people to come to animation club? i was thinking either Weds or Tuesdays?!? Please comment back! thx

- Sid