October 05, 2014

Making a Film!


For the last few weeks, I've been working on my fourth-year film- a stop-motion film!

So far I've been working on the story and designs- I'll be posting some progress on the puppets, sets and animation here as I go. For now, here's a drawing from my initial pitch- I'm excited to show more soon!

September 17, 2014

Grounded


Our third year film, Grounded, is online!

 

It was an awesome experience to get to make this film with such a lovely, hardworking, and talented group of people. The description on Grounded’s vimeo page has links to everybody’s blogs- they all do great work, so go check them out!

Here’s some of the preproduction work I contributed, mainly done in gouache and paper cutouts:






And here’s a compilation of animation that I did for the film:


All of the animation in the video is by me- though many of the backgrounds were painted by other team members (there are paintings by Bronwyn, Khoebe, and Evan- I painted the first one and the close-ups).

Over the winter holiday, before production on the film really got going, I made a puppet version of the little bunny, Louie (designed by Alex and Steve), just for fun.

 
It was a good opportunity to try out some new things- Louie’s head has magnetic replacement mouths, and his hands and feet are molded and cast in silicone. He's a fun puppet to work with!

Action Analysis


For the Action Analysis project this year, I opted to work in stop-motion. It was my first time developing a stop-mo scene from start to finish, so there was a lot to learn!


Here are some of the early concept sketches for the set and props, a drawn version of the set layout, and the puppet. I learned so much by building a scene from start to finish- some things worked, some problems were solved along the way, and other parts could definitely be improved. More than anything it showed me that I really like all parts of the stop-motion process, and I'm excited to animate more scenes, build more sets, and keep learning!