Monday, December 30, 2013
Happy New Year! Time to Animate
Happy New Year Folks!
I hope 2014 has lots of creative things in store for you.
Speaking of creative things, there are a number of fun and exciting workshops happening at TAIS ( Toronto Animated Image Society) starting in January. If you are an animator or just an animation enthusiast who has has always wanted to try their hand, now's a great time to check it out.
These workshops are taught by some very talented and experienced animators (if i do say so myself) who are all in demand in their fields which means they don't' give these workshops very often. Be sure not to miss out on this opportunity!
TAIS WINTER WORKSHOPS
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Space will be limited to 8-10 participants per workshop.
Classical Animation on Paper: 101 with Bryce Hallett
2 days: Sunday January 12 & 19, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm
$160 members (2 days @ $80 per day), $210 non-members (2 days @ $105 per day)
This two-day crash course will cover the fundamental principles of animation, including timing, facial expressions, movement flow and simple walks, etc. This is ‘old school’ animating with pencils on paper for beginners or simply those who’ve never had the opportunity. Participants will be given some work to try out at home to be reviewed on the second day. Materials and peg bars will be provided for use.
Instructor Bryce Hallett is an independent animator with 14 years of experience working for clients in Canada and around the world but always in his pajamas. He is perhaps best known for the "Ranger Gord" animations on the Red Green Show, and as the illustrator of the book Animation Unleashed written by Ellen Besen. Some of his other works can been seen on his website www.frogfeetproductions.com
Simple Silhouette and Paper Puppets with Lynn Wilton
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm
$75 members, $90 non-members
This introductory course will cover an alternative method of construction using easily found materials for simple silhouette (under-lit) and top-lit paper puppets followed by an opportunity to get under camera and animate. Materials will be provided and everyone will get the opportunity to see their puppet come to life. Please come prepared with a design idea for a character that could be found in a jungle environment. We’ll be making our puppets to be roughly 5” on their longest side.
Instructor Lynn Dana Wilton is an animator/designer/artist and former board member of TAIS. She took a diploma in Classical Animation at Sheridan but also holds a BAAID from Ryerson. She trained classically but, commercially, has principally animated stop-motion for television series & specials including “Glenn Martin, DDS”, “Rick & Steve”, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas”, “Lunar Jim”, “A Cape Breton Ghost Story”, and “Henry’s World". She’s had her experimental short, “(Re)Cycle”, show in festivals internationally. Find her at https://vimeo.com/lynnscrowbar.
Dragonframe Workshop with Evan DeRushie
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm
$75 members, $90 non-members
Dragonframe is the world's leading stop-motion capture software. It's used on feature films, commercials, and most importantly: at the Toronto Animated Images Society. Working with digital SLR cameras, the software is a swiss army knife of animation tools, and can be used to plan and capture your animation with precise control. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of the program, such as project management and camera control. You'll also learn some more advanced features, like sync sound, frame editing, and more. Whether you're shooting a stop-motion short film, or previewing your hand-drawn animation, Dragonframe has all the tools you never knew you needed.
Instructor Evan DeRushie is a professional stop-motion animator. He has animated for broadcast TV series, and commercials for Kraft, Tim Hortons, Indigo and Lays. His independent film "The Fox and the Chickadee" has played in film festivals around the world. More info at www.evanderushie.com
Puppet Building Workshop with Carla Veldman
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11 am - 5pm
$75 members, $90 non-members
This workshop is an introduction to different types of stop-motion puppets and their armatures, including wire, aluminum, paper, and ball-and-socket. Topics covered will include puppet-planning, materials used, tie-down types, and mouth replacements. Participants will be able to fabricate their own wire armatures during the workshop (materials provided), and puppet examples will be available for reference.
Instructor Carla Veldman is an animation film-maker and stop-motion artist. A Sheridan graduate and lover of stories, she enjoys the tactile and textural world of puppet animation. http://carlaveldman.daportfolio.com/
Motion Control Workshop with Greg Boa
Sunday February 23, 2014
11 am – 5 pm
$90 members, $120 non-members
In this workshop we will go over the DitoGear motion control system for use with Dragonframe stop motion software, and how to use the equipment stand-alone with DitoGear hardware controllers. We'll cover what it is and what it can do; set-up and take down; previewing and adjusting camera movements in dragon; shooting animated, real-time and time lapse shots, and of course safety concerns along the way to protect the camera and the rig from damage. The equipment we will use will be TAIS' DitoGear OmniSlider, OmniHead, LensDrive and DragonBridge interface - a very fun and powerful motion control system for precise moving camera shots.
Instructor Greg Boa is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and the former film tech for the Film, Video and Integrated Media program at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. For six years he years he worked as a Technical Coordinator at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and has worked on films by Bruce Elder, Isabella Pruska Oldenhof and Madi Piller, among others. Greg has a great deal of experience with camera systems, both film and digital, and extensive experience teaching workshops and classes. Currently Greg works for Niagara Custom Lab.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Weather Forecast Dec 18,Toronto: Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs.
Next week's Animatic T.O. event:
Director, Story Artist and certified Canadian, Kris Pearn will discuss his exciting journey from head of story on the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to taking on the challenge of Co-Directing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Find out what it takes to build, destroy and rebuild a story until it becomes a box office success! Twice!
$10 at the door (Cheap!)
@ The Rhino - 1249 Queen Street West
(West of Dufferin on the South side)
Talk Starts 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Want to learn 2d hand drawn animation ? Or improve your life drawing?
While i was at the CTN Expo this year, i ran into a number of people who were interested in learning or improving their 2d animation skills and their life drawing skills. Some of them were students trying to find a good school others were professionals like myself looking to gain knowledge and improve skills.
There are of course plenty of books and schools offering to teach animation these days and it may be difficult to choose. ( I'll happily recommend some of my favourite books. Just email me and ask). Another option you might consider however, especially if you are already working in the business or attending school and your time is at a premium, is taking a course online. A number of professional animators have taken to teaching online in their spare time at places like iAnimate, Animation Mentor and others. Many of these teach CG animation and VFX animation and do a mix of video tutorial and essentially teaching a class via skype and one on one critiques.
If you are like me though and are a fan of 2d animation there are fewer places to go. However, one online place i can recommend is Studio-Technique.
I'm not affiliated with the school at all, but i did have the chance to take a master class with Disney animator Andreas Deja they were offering at their studio in Montreal a couple years ago. I have also taken their online life drawing course this past year, taught by Samantha Youssef. I really enjoyed it and felt it was a good addition to my regular life drawing practice. So i'm just recommending this from personal experience.
Most Studio-Technique classes are taught by Samantha Youssef, who is a Sheridan College grad and a former Disney animator. She also consults and teaches animation to larger companies ( especially video game companies) to help raise the level of their animation quality. So she knows of what she speaks.
What i liked about her approach is that she was teaching life drawing for animators from an animators perspective but also bringing her background in dance and movement to the lessons. If you've done some life drawing you may have found the artwork in many books very technical or stiff and it may not be the most helpful to an animator specifically. When you animate you want to create rhythm and to be looking for flowing lines in your work. At least for me that was a major reason for taking this class and i found her approach really helped a lot in loosening up my work and making it more related to what i do as an animator.
Anyway i'm always trying to get people interested in classical animation so if this interests you here's a
link to class registration.
I don't get a commission or anything to tell people about this course, I just like to share and spread the word when I find cool animation related things. That's partly why i have this blog. So hopefully this is useful info for you and if so then that makes me happy!
On a related note, if you are in the Toronto area, i will be doing a two part workshop in January or Feb 2014. It's an intro to animation workshop, sort of a crazy crash course in hand drawn animation where i'll throw way too many concepts at you and you'll get a taste of various classical animation techniques. And it's totally old school retro style. You get to draw on paper on animation discs and we shoot pencil tests which you can then keep and review for yourself ( bring your own usb key)
It's happening at TAIS ( The Toronto Animated Image Society) . Keep checking back here or at the TAIS website for confirmation of dates and other info.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CTN EXPO 2013
Recently returned from the Creative Talent Network Expo ( CTN EXPO) in Burbank California.
Lots of amazing talent there and great workshops. I particularly enjoyed BJ Crawford's talk (via Bluesky Animation) on using 2d animation drawing techniques to explore character and animation for the film EPIC. Basically he showed how they used 2d hand drawn classical animation techniques to develop characters that will be modelled eventually in CG for the film. Great talk and inspiring to see. BJ has basically created a new type of job in the CG feature film pipeline.
I also really enjoyed Eric Godlberg interviewing Eric Goldberg and giving us a an over view of his life and career in animation. Really funny. I highly recommend his book Character Animation Crash Course for those of you interested in character animation.
this was some of the art promoting the MWP booth i created based on the artwork from "Animation Unleashed".
In previous years i spent part of my time working at the table for Michael Wiese Productions , the publisher of Animation Unleashed. This year i just went as a spectator. If you are a professional or a student of animation looking to network with studio artists and freelancers alike it's a pretty excellent conference to attend.
Perhaps i'll see some of you next year!