Myself and 3 fellow BA students have spent the last 2 weeks in Volda, Norway at the school of Animation. It has been an amazing experience, where we have partaken in acting for animators workshops, as well as puppet animating excercises. Having never animated a puppet in stop motion, I was pretty nervous going into this, but found that the principles of animation that are the same across the board are easily applied to a new discipline. I have had an absolutely brilliant fortnight, and am looking forward to putting what I have learnt into practice. I will post the work I produced, as well as examples of the acting workshops we took part in in the next few days.
Myself and my collaborative partner, Matt Pollock, were intrgued by the concept of combining 2D animation with stop-motion animation. This intrigue turned to interest, which turned to brainstorming, which turned to an idea. That idea is currently in the process of coming to fruition, but way back at the beginning, we needed to get an idea of how stop-mo and 2D would look on screen together. Hence the below video, shot in about 5 minutes! Suffice to say, we learnt alot.
Below are several pages of initial character design for my final major production this year. I was aiming to create a comical gangster duo. Also seen below, are the heads of my final characters performing various expressions.
Here are two still images taken from our latest major production, entitled 'Another Last Case'. It is a collaborative film, mixing 2D with stop-motion animation in a 3D environment, and is due for 'release' in early June. Not much to go on, but we like to keep our cards close to our chest for now. Watch this space!