Posts tagged Inspiration

Rise of the Guardians Reel – Jacob Gardner

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Character Animation Reel – Rise of the Guardians from Jacob Gardner on Vimeo.

With the release of Rise of the Guardians on DVD/Blu-Ray, we wanted to share some of the work of our fellow SoA-er Jacob Gardner. He recently cut together a reel of his favorite work from the film for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Note: Jacob cut it together in 720p so watch it in HD for the full experience. 🙂

Adam and Dog – Short Film

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Check out this wonderful short that is nominated for an Oscar this year. Plus it’s always good to see more Baxter animation.


Screen-Capture Warehouse

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It’s called Leave Me the White ( ) and they store countless screen captures from LOTS of films and tv-shows.  Including seasons of Battlestar Gallactica, all of Firelfy, comedies like Arrested Development or 30 Rock, films like The Usual Suspects, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fight Club, the list goes on and on and on.  The actual amount of images is quite mind-boggling.  For a random example, there are over 2,100 images captured from the film The Departed, and between 600-1000 images per episode of Firefly.  Wow.

“Why is this relevant?” you may ask…
Well, this can be a great source of inspiration for staging ideas, color keys, lighting concepts, facial expressions, posing, etc.

Random screen capture of screen captures from a random episode of Firefly.
(The above sentence actually makes sense. Honestly.)

I suggest you bookmark it.  You never know when you might want to reference a film/show for inspiration.  A series of still images forces you to see composition and color far more than when you’re distracted by movement.  Note that in the image above there are 10 pages containing over 900 images.  It’s almost too much.  (almost.)


Entertainment in Performance

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The Japanese group Gamarjobat really knows how to take old ideas and make them entertaining.  These are simple gags that we’ve seen a thousand times yet I find myself smiling and laughing as I watch utilize these simple tricks in their performance.  I would say it’s a mix between the setups and misdirects, the sounds they use to imply the emotion and sell reactions, the interaction between the two, as well as knowing the simplicity of the gags themselves can be used to add humor to the show is what keeps me watching.  Simple but well executed.  Overall some fun mime work to watch!

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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