Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Scorpion and The Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?" Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."

Very recently (Last week feels like a day ago) I decided to change my Senior Film. The choice to do so has been a very difficult one, but I recognized I was not happy with the film I was doing. Working on Pyro Pup was a great experience, but slowly I realized it was not what I wanted to leave SCAD with.

I felt that I needed to try something that was a bit different, open up my skill set a bit, and experiment with something I really wanted to do. Using the fable of " The Scorpion and the Frog" I am going to a Experimental film. I am extremely excited about this and have been doing animation test and character designs, as well as thumbnailing shots, and researching great animated filmmakers and experimental animators.

The point of this film, or rather, what I am trying to experiment with is the use of value, and composition, to tell story. I am generally trying to get a horror/macabre type feel with this film so watching classic horror films  has been pretty fun ( recently watched Psycho (1960)).

So I hope you all wish me luck in my endeavors! And I hope you are as excited as I!
Trying to figure out the frog. Who is He. How will he be drawn and animated?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Layouts for Pyro Pup

So I recently got the book  The Noble Approach by Tod Polson. I have been trying to not only apply the teaching of Maurice Noble to my film but to my other artwork as well. Here are some studies I did based off the readings about composition and value in layouts:
The very top is the animatic version of shot 1, The second is final version, and the final two were concepts playing with composition.

Close-to-Final Design for Pyro Pup Shot 01
So in conclusion I feel  The Noble Approach  is a spectacular read, and I recommend every animation artist have a chance to read it ( and own it!! )