HOA Notes 10_24_2011

Class 10/24

We started off class with a more discussion on the studio system. Which I really enjoy and it fascinates me to hear Doug explain his times in the studio setting. It really helps to make a studio job seem much more reachable and able to handle. I’m not so sure if the studio setting is exactly for me, but I would love to try it and being in an environment where my ideas get reflected off of other artist and there is always experimentation and trial and error to figure out what’s the best/fastest way of producing the group project.

The two documentaries we watched in class were very interesting and educational to watch. The Chuck Jones really helped to show how effective timing is in selling a joke and selling an animated action. The level of mastery that man has is extraordinary, every action of the character really goes as far as it possibility can creating this amazing animation that explores the full physics of the character.
What was really nice about the documentary was that it allowed me to see the cartoons I had watched over and over again as a kid in a new light, not just as entertainment, but as an educational tool to help me in my own artistic endeavors. Just knowing that all the key frames were drawn by Chuck Jones in any of the shorts he created really helped me understand what the role of key frame are. They are essentially a road map in which to craft the animation around, they are the skeleton that allows the body of animated work to move around them.
Plus I had never seen the short “Line and Dot” before, and it was truly remarkable the way in which Chuck Jones breathed life into a simple line and dot.

Now the Lotte Reiniger documentary was not just extraordinary for being able to understand how she was able to create her delicate works of animated art, but being able to see the society around her and her life story really put her work into perspective. Not only was she a female artist, but she was the main creative director in all of her work. It was clear that she was not just some woman doing a creative job in a project, but she herself choose her artistic endeavors at whatever cost it would be to herself. Her later work really shows her dedication to her craft as both her and her husband were working for barely any money, but working to express themselves though a creative outlet.
It was also very nice to see the studio in which one of the first animated films was ever made. It was however a little surprising to see that entire camera fit into that tiny attic above their home, their poor knees must have just hurt forever. But that small studio is giving me inspiration for my new apartment and to hopefully find a way to set up my room to be more art centered and productive.

ANIM History_05

What have these weeks of animating taught me?

For one, they have made me use structural limits on my art, these limits being proportion, size, in order to properly portray the object I am animating. (especially the human figure!)

I have also seen a change in the way I view time and how it’s played out, this being caused by the sheer act of animating time passing in a believable way. With hand drawing animation I realized how long some actions take, and the number of pages I  use with each animation reflect this. If I do not have enough frames I find that the animation goes by very fast, even if each frame is a subtle change from one position to the next. What I’m currently trying to do is to make my animations last longer, which means I need to do more in between to really exaggerate and make the animated action be more natural.

Which brings me to my next discovery, that being that you can never really exaggerate enough in animation (or at least I have not done so yet). Each time I have done an extremely exaggerate key frame, I always though it would be too intense in the end animation, but I often find that the “exaggeration” I made was really subtle. I want to find where the breaking point of exaggeration is so I can find the edge of over and under-exaggertation which will help me with future projects.