Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Second animation i've made through pen and scanner!

25th Estate Film

stunning animation created Apt Studio:

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

more films on:

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Lemon Tree

This is one of my animations, marker pen on a scanner, planning to make a little series of these, got my second one nearly finished, should maybe have it done either tomorrow or def thurs!

the human zoetrope

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Mazz's scanner animation

Ruth Lingford

suggested by an MA animator Ruth Lingford. She draws on the computer, changing each scene with a tablet and pen

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

scanner animation

20 second animation

Heres my "10 second" animation which is actually 20 seconds because it is HALF speed and I cant fix it!

Am embarrassed to put it up - look at it wobble!! lol it didn't look this bad on my tripod-less camera....
But better than nothing I guess!


^ This is one of my favourite animations. I think the illustrator Jonny Hannah was involved.
(sorry dont know how to post video links!)

My ten seconds is done but i need to finish downloading After Effects before I can put it up!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Very very scary

This is a very strange way to animate an image indeed.
Check out the other facepainting animations this guy has done on his flickr account. I think this guy has a lot of time on his hands!
James Kuhn's facepaint videos on Flickr.

The Crossing. Chiara Ambrosio. Mixed media animation.

Really great example of actually using stills to give the illusion of animation. This artist uses photographs with effects added such as hand drawn elements and excess contrast to distort them. There is a bit of stop motion but it is not smooth so it complements the rest of the animation (and not smooth means easier!)

I like how so much atmosphere is created by using black and white and tilted camera angles. There is also a part near the end where images are projected onto other objects, very inspiring! There are some other interesting effects to try out also, I think on one part each frame of the stop motion has been inverted so it gives the effect of an X-ray!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Thomas Hicks

Thomas has several pages in the latest issue of Varoom the aoi illustration magazine. I first saw his work as animation and immediately fell in love with it - perhaps one of the only animators to really inspire me enough to start animating!

Thomas Hicks Animation Montage from Thomas Hicks on Vimeo.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

I love this person's simple animation shorts, compiled here in a longer reel:

SHORT Brief can be found here!!

Four week frenzied animation experience:

first week pixelation! Or other forms of stop motion, check the links below, to understand more.

FOR MONDAY you will need your first 10 second experiment! 120 frames, at 12 frames per second - either imported into flash, or after effects! Can add sound if you so wish!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

simple and do-able animations

Hey everyone, I thought I'd post a few animations that fit well with what Chui was saying about the idea being good and the animation simple. I think as illustrators you aren't gonna want to produce something that's too complex but shows off you're style.

Some local animators "The brothers Mcleod" are good at keeping their animations simple, short and strange. I put spamland on here cause it's just so unique. They took the words that spam emails use to get through spam filters, and made it into some sort of dark poetry recital by an odd creature. There are only a few frames here really for every movement he does, very minimal really. there's more on youtube as well.

here's one with old ice lolly sticks

and here's an example of what you can by thinking outside the box and not even really animating at all

This one is done by filming flipbook and then compositing the films like a mosaic

The Black Dog's Progress from small time inc. on Vimeo.

I'll post some more up if anyone finds these useful, but i'll leave it at that for now
carry on.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Other Good Stuff! (If only in my opinion >.>)

The Cat Came Back

Simon's Cat

(Courtesy of Debbie)

The Cat with Hands
(Also courtesy of Debbie...see we were working Chiu >.>!...Also highly freaky)

(I saw this on the culture show earlier this year. Essentially the creator was studying animation at the RCA and couldn't decide what to do for his final project so did it about his inability to decide...Its so relatable..I'm sure when you watch it you'll say 'yeh I do that' to atleast a few things in there!...I'll have a look because they showcased animation every week for a while and they were all good...might be able to find them!)

The Adventures of Mark Twain
(Highly disturbing)

A Fairy's Tale
(My favourite...I want a tooth fairy)

I thought I'd also put my own animation which I did for my elective last year (the only one I've ever actually done >.>) just to show you that even simple people can animate! (I realise it doesn't really fit with that good title)...Remember I handdrew each frame using a mouse (really stupid thing to do) and did it in a few nights. I also did the whole soundtrack (either played pieces on the piano or sampled stuff). It's called Bangkok Ugly about a dog I met in Thailand that I dubbed Goblin Dog (because he was hideous) who eats a fat child and then proceeds to explode >.>...I made up some speel about consumerism and how it was destroying traditional values in the far east...but that was just to get me more marks for my elective xP

Also my friend Will is studying vis comm but specialising in animation (specifically hand drawn animation) so I might be able to get him to help with stuff or even come down to do like a workshop..err...maybe >.>"

Monday, 24 November 2008

Movies That were shown today!

Home of the Twisted Films of PES:

The making of the Tale of How (a team of three)

Chad Banger:

How We Met:

I Met The Walrus:

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - White Corolla

Taller Than Trees:

MUTO – A Wall Painted Animation by BLU


David Fenech - Cheveux Dangereux:

Short – Donky Toys

Channel Bumpers

Lots of basic animation information here:

and thanks to Alec/x I now know the following:
Pixilation involves the use of live humans as stop motion characters. This allows for a number of surreal effects, including disappearances and reappearances, allowing people to appear to slide across the ground, and other such effects. Examples of pixilation include Norman McLaren's Neighbours (Canada, 1952).