Saturday, December 17, 2011
Back in 2003, I was commissioned by the Ottawa International Animation Festival to create their poster and signal film for the student version of the festival, which at that time happened every other year from the main festival. Above is the poster I created and down below is the signal film - which is the film they play at the start of all of the screenings.
The film is a continuation of the oddball style of animation that I was experimenting with in the early 2000's. The crazy run/dance at the beginning was influenced by two of my favorite pieces of animation: Disney's Silly Symphony, The Goddess of Spring...in particular, this part: a piece of animation that I always get a laugh out of...
And the opening run/dance from Ub Iwerk's, Fiddlesticks...one of my all-time favorite cartoons:
The animation was all drawn on paper and then scanned in and coloured in Photoshop. It was a very tedious and time-consuming process. After I coloured all of the individual drawings for the animation, I exported them as tif files and assembled them one-by-one in Adobe Premiere, making each one 2 frames long...this was how I made all of my first few films until the Waif of Persephone, which was where I started using Flash as a compositing tool.
The music was from a stock library that I sped up to match the beat of the animation.
I love doing these short little pieces of animation, it gives me a chance to be more bold and experimental than I would be in a longer form film.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A brief comedic interlude...Here is a film I made back in 2002. It was my attempt to learn how to use Flash. I drew all of the animation on paper and then scanned it in and coloured it in Flash. My theory at the time was to just do key animation without inbetweens - sort of like early Hanna-Barbara TV cartoons. I was also experimenting with loose crazy animation, having been introduced to Jim Tyer's work which blew my mind apart...trying to see how far I could push things...I refined this somewhat in Waif of Persephone which I finished in 2006. I have a couple other films that I have to get transferred from tape...one day I'll put those up online as well.