As secretary for the Dundee Anime Society its been that time of year where the funding application has to be submitted. There are high hopes for our annual event D-Con which is now in its third year. Updates on the event can be found on the D-Con Blog.
It is the only free anime convention in Scotland and is being held on the 5th - 6th March 2011 so why not come along and laugh.
Another crazy background for Mawkin's Backfire. Based on an episode of Ren and Stimpy, the spiderweb is a visual gag placed behind the crows emphasising how trapped they are. The spider was added for fun.
This was originally for another shot long since cut, but is now being used at the beginning. I've darkened it from earlier versions and have added an extra pumpkin so that the audience can instantly tell its halloween. I expect this background to change a lot as its for the Scene 1 which has proved trickier to animate than we would have liked/ anticipated.
We are into the dull backgrounds for 'A Sweet Disposition' . This long one is for John sniffing and walking off into the smudgy blackness while being scared by skeletons and eventually bumping into the scary clown!
Here is my basic design for the 'normal' houses in 'A Sweet Disposistion'. Part 'Up', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Monster House' I wanted the sharp twee-ness of the lines/ colours to contrast with the darker,dreamier graveyard sequences. All the houses will be colour variations on this and full background to come hopefully later tonight so that animation can begin tomorrow.....
Scene 13 for A Sweet Disposition. Filmed against my wall on a demo of flip-book with an old laptop whose web-cam kept shaking and would only let me shoot around 4 seconds max. at a time. But despite that frames 1-800 are pretty much there, its impossible to tell for sure, however I reckon one evening in Eleanors out of hours studio will do the trick and our longest scenes 2D element is animated...
So my computer is still 100% out of action, thankfully my drawing board and panic levels are not. Here's the villain from Mouse-tache, Scene 24. I'm using a demo of Flip-book before I can get my laptop back up and running so excuse the watermark..
This blog has become the definitive guide to all of the work which I have been doing since 2009, from animations to advent calendars and doodles for friends this blog contains it all. The good, the bad and the ugly. Thank you for browsing and taking the time to enjoy this weird and visual diary of a workaholic....
1. Leap Year [Personal Project]
A male waits at an insignificant railway platform in the back of beyond for a utopian city which only appears for one day in every four years.
2. Waverley[Personal/ Master's Project]
What could of happened if Futurist Sant' Elia had designed the Waverley railway station in Edinburgh.
3. A Sweet Disposistion [dir. - Eleanor Affleck]
A young boy faces his first halloween in a new town. prone to bullying and eager to please he has a rough time before he befriends a mysterious Halloween being with a sweet tooth in graveyard.
4. Mousetache [dir. - Ashley Burns]
The adventures of a swashbuckling mouse in a Calafornian town.
5. Mawkin's Backfire [dir. - Brian Lindsay]
A Tex Avery style cartoon following the misadventures of an unfortunate scarecrow and the two adorable but pesky birds which bother him.
leap year : why?
A personal ongoing project to be worked on throughout this year. It is essentially a 2D piece with experimentation using 3D characters within that environent.
Some things in this world are significantly symbolic. Others are thought-provoking or resonate with something deeply personal. There are things destined to change the world and those which will revolutionize the way we think.
This animation is none of these.
A simple short story about fables, magic, love and seasons, it aims to explore and exploit the more romantic or idyllic notions of contemporary civilisation.
Fueled by hot caffeine this is a work intensive labor of love intended to experiment with environments and compositing with the intention to be playful, sweet and very colourful .
Its not big, it's not clever but it has a lot of heart.
waverley : why?
With a previous background in architecture this project aims to allow me learn and test skills which I learned while studying the built environment and apply it in a new commercial way.
Returning to the Futurists was an easy decision to make having completed an interesting undergraduate dissertation on the influence of the movement on cinema. The site of Waverley station in Edinburgh fitted the requirements of having an appropriate function for this project as well as it existing on a multi-leveled site I can visit and film easily while providing an interesting juxtaposition with Edinburgh's old and new town.
The aim of this project is to turn the skills which I have into a commercially viable project, allowing me to improve my 3D and mix live action footage with an animated model while exploring the dynamic theories of the Futurist movement.