Archive for January, 2011

Rio: First two minutes

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The first two minutes of Blue Sky’s upcoming film Rio.

Ball bounce : in depth

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There is a VERY informative and in-depth breakdown of bouncing balls and what you can learn from them over at the Follow-Thought blog.

Head on over and check it out.  It is definitely THE most comprehensive post on what you can learn from a ball bounce that I have ever seen.


Road Runner – Fur of Flying

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The next road runner short is online! has been taken down.  Oops, you missed it!
Update: it seems as though this video has been removed, and it currently can’t be found anywhere else.  We’ll keep you updated when we find out anything new.

Road Runner – Fur Of Flying from Animation-HD on Vimeo.

Musical Shorts

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Recently I was talking to my class about how closely related music and animation are.  Both art forms are used to tell stories, convey emotion, and entertain.  We even use musical terms like timing, rhythm, phrasing, and beats to describe our motion.  Often times I find that the only way to describe some movements in my shots is through sounds.  This is something that I’ve always loved about animation.

I’ve also found it very common for animators to be musicians as well.  Adam, Jacob, and I have all been very involved in music.  Did you know that Adam composed and performs our intro music.

So, with all of this in mind, I asked my student to explore the interwebs and see what kinds of musically driven animated shorts were out there.  I propose to throw this same challenge to you our listeners.  Go out and find some really inspiring “musical shorts” and post them here in our comments section.  We will be posting our favorites as well.  They don’t have to be abstract, just drivin by a strong musical foundation.  To start things off, here are three of my favorites:

Runaway by Cordell Barker  Music by Ben Charest

Sensology by Michel Gagne Music by Paul Plimley and Barry Guy

Thought of You by Ryan Woodward Music by The Weepies

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.

Those were great right!?  Now post your favorites in the comments section and lets see how much music we can bring to this animation site!!

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