On Saturday I had the great pleasure of meeting Andreas Deja and Carol Kieffer Police at the Walt Disney Family Museum. This Museum is one of the treasures of the Bay Area. If you have not been you must take the trek out to the Presidio. They offer classes and events every weekend, film screenings, a terrific museum, and the staff is delightful.
Carol Kieffer Police, Andreas Deja, myself, and several of the great members of the WIA-SF.
I wrote about the event for the Women in Animation San Francisco blog. You can read about their entertaining talk here.
Here’s the first pass of a project I am currently working on with several friends called The Knight.
It’s a pretty involved story – but in this portion of it, our intrepid Knight and his sidekick, Chicken, are about to embark on their quest.
Storyboards by me, directed by Mary Kate Dangoia and produced by Anson Yu.
Today I am showing a segment from an animated show that I am creating. Back in 2007 I wrote a treatment for a television show I called Dragonfly. I later reworked it – changing characters and settings, and retooled it as Realm. In this segment, the young Matigar rushes home to discover that his village has been razed to the ground. Pretty emotional stuff. Take a look.
Here it is – my Animation II reel. Man this was a tough class. I honestly felt that my skills were regressing from last year’s Animation I class. Currently I draw much better than I animate, which surprises me. It’s as if there is a disconnect between my ideas and what I am able to get across on paper. At times it is highly frustrating. However I tried my best to create worthwhile animation tests this semester. My teacher Michael Vickner commented today in class on how I have improved and that my characters have appeal. The thing to do now is to vastly improve my drawing skills by practicing even more everyday and going to even more workshops.
The lesson here is: draw draw draw.
I am the most pleased with the “Bear Jump” and “Eel in a Box”. Those two came out well. My “Cat Walk Cycle” looks pretty good too. All animation done by me except for the Grandfather in the tug of war segment – that part was animated by my animation partner Titus.
Here are my two animations from class today. I am happy with how they turned out – I spent quite a bit of time on both of them. My notes today were to slow down the secondary action on my character’s hair, and to push the exaggeration of my eel’s movements. My teacher also recommended that I cut out some of the frames of the first few seconds of the eel’s swim so that I have more frames for the later actions. That way everything will read better.
I am super excited about this – Turner and Sony are releasing “UPA Jolly Frolics” on DVD on Thursday. What is UPA you ask? Only one of the coolest companies ever to have existed in animation history.
Several of the Disney strikers left the company in the 40s, went off and formed their own company, the United Productions of America and produced several Academy Award winning shorts, including “Gerald McBoing Boing” based on the Dr. Seuss story of the same name of a boy who speaks in sounds instead of words.
“Gerald McBoing Boing”
This is the group that brought you “Ragtime Bear” (the very first Mr. Magoo short), “A Unicorn in the Garden”, “Rooty Toot Toot” and Edgar Allen Poe’s the “The Tell-Tale Heart,” one of the darkest films in the medium. We watched all of these shorts in animation history class last semester and I instantly fell in love with the limited animation and graphic style, especially “Rooty Toot Toot”, one of the best cartoons I’ve ever seen.
“Rooty Toot Toot”
Sadly the companybegan to decline due to pressure from the House Un-American Committee, threatening legal action if anyone in the company was suspected of being Communist.
However, you can PRE-ORDER the DVD on TCM.com site right now and enjoy the films that heavily influenced Disney, Warner Bros. and many of the cartoons you now see on Cartoon Network. The DVD includes 38 shorts and commentary by Leonard Maltin ships out on March 15th.