Thursday, 29 March 2012

Profile of Pixar


Fig 1: Pixar

Pixar Animation Studio is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California. Pixar has earned 26 Academy Awards and acknowledgments. It is best worldwide for its CGI-animated feature films created with reaistic Render Man, the industry-standard Render Man  application programming used to generate high-quality images. Pixar began in 1979.
Pixar has produced films in the last two decades, starting with Toy Story in 1995. It was followed after by A Bug's Life in 1998, Toy Story 2 in 1999, Monsters, Inc. in 2001, Pixar to date, the highest animated film of all-time,  over $1 billion worldwide) in 2010, and Cars 2 in 2011. At least eleven of the films have received critical and financial success, but was still a standard film appeared to the others. John Lasseter, became Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and the Walt Disney Animation Studios.



Fig 2: Walle



Walle is more than a machine Walle has feelings. Stanton a writer states “But Wall-E is alluring, and not because he’s got big eyes or dangling eyelashes but because he’s smart, hard-working, with a romantic side, and is hopelessly addicted to watching clips of Michael Crawford and Barbra Streisand in Gene Kelly’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ on a video screen. He’s everything we should have been if we hadn’t put all our energy into destroying the planet.” (Stanton) Walle is very alluring that in a world where there no humans only Walle and his friendly insect lives. The point that there is no sound but the work that Walle does every day.  The film Walle is not just a machine where he doesn’t think of terrible things. Instead Walle is romantic character in this movie. He loves to watch clips in Gene Kelly’s ‘Hello Dolly’. This is very amusing to see a Walle a machine who has feeling that is similar to human. This is much related to human’s love of each other. As this has a resemblance to how Walle feels.   


Fig 3:
Toying with our emotions ... Lots-O-Huggin' Bear, Buzz Lightyear and Woody in Toy Story 3.  

Toy story 3 is direct not to children but to parents. Bradshaw a writer states “The humour, the drama, everything in the film seems targeted more at the parents than the children.” (Bradshaw) This is very true because it shows of parent’s childhood as when they had toys they did let go of their toys. Maybe some did not own toys when they were young.  So Toy Story brings back the memory’s and parents who wish maybe they did not let go of their toys and kept them. So toy story is very emotion because of this sense of feeling that is directed to the adults.

List of illustrations:

Fig 1: Pixar
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Fig 2: Walle
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Fig 3: Toying with our emotions ... Lots-O-Hugging' Bear, Buzz Lightyear and Woody in Toy Story 3. 
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Bibliography:

Andrew Stanton (2008)
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Peter Bradshaw (2010)
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Maya Legs Redone


This took me ages.

@Phill unit 5 Story

It starts with Freddy in a furniture shop. A buyer walks in and sees Freddy and wants to buy him. Then Freddy runs around the shop to escape.  After Freddy runs to the door. (The door is not closed properly), using his leg opens the door. Freddy goes at looks around and wondering what to do.  An abandoned chair near a bin called Bob. Looks at Freddy approaches him try’s to calm him down.  Bob runs and Freddy follows they go through an alley way. Then reaching a warehouse where they both stay. They become friends.
(Screen fades) 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Unit 5: New script/ The Neurotic Chair

Unit 5 the Neurotic Chair. New Script.

New sketches for Chair


The images I have done are created again but without the faces.
As told by Meg she said with the faces will put me off with the characters movement.


I am still working with the right movement. Useing the sense of  the nervous mood. One and two are images I do like. But I will go with out the handles an use the tall character to one of the story I will soon create.  

Saturday, 24 March 2012

A new idea for my Chair


The arm rests in this image well give my new character arms.
So the character will have more movement. 

Profile of The Quay Brothers


Fig 1: The Quay Brothers

Stephen and Timothy Quay born June 17, 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania are American identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers. They are influential stop-motion animators. They also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for their work on the play The Chairs.
The Quay Brothers' works (1979–present) show a wide range of influences, starting with the Polish animators Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica and continuing with the writers Franz Kafka. Which are all animators and the major influence is The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer.


Fig 2: Theatre

The Quay Brothers look of the theatre. Wallach an writer states “Even more obsequiously with the arrival of the emperor - represented by a blinding beam of light.” (Wallach, 1998) The emperor is approaching the beam of light shines onto the emperor. This represents the main concept to lead the direction to the character. So the camera shot is directly to the emperor as he may be appearing. So the light is a representation to the start of the emperor appearance in this theatre. As the theatre is an opening scene as the environment is dim and low light. The enviornment is quiet dark and looks really creepy. Beacuse the point of no chairs to be seen. As there seems to be something in this image that is missing. So it could be the emperor.  




Fig 3: Dimensions of dialogue Jan Svankmajer

The Quay Brothers use a gothic style in there short film. Megahey and writer states “The brothers would also incorporate the same sense of mythology and dark nightmarish fairy-tale elements into their own animated short films.” (Megahey, 2006) So there use of dark nightmarish elements the quays use in their short films such as   Jan Svankmajer-Dimensions of Dialogue Pt.: 2 (1986. As this starts really passionate and then really terrifying as once they finished making love. The couple see a piece of clay in the middle of the table. This seems to be really interesting because how they end up playing with it. Strangely the couple pushes the clay away that seems to be representing a baby. Then the couple of start ripping each other apart when one of the couples throws the piece of clay at each other. Then  start to gauge each other’s faces off. The clay represents the movement a lot in this short story as how the clay breaks of the body shows a greater meaning to the dark nightmare of a once happy couple. This could represent the couples desire of having a baby. 

List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Quays Preview   URL at:
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Fig 2: Theatre URL at:
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Fig 3: Dimensions of dialogue Jan Svankmajer URL at:
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Bibliography:
Allan Wallach (1998) URL at:
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Noel Megahey (2006) URL at:
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Profile of Jiri Barta


Fig 1: Jiri Barta

Bio-
Jiri Barta was born 26 November 1948 is a Czech stop-motion animation director. Many of Barta films which used the medium of wood for animation, garnered critical acclaim and won many awards, but after the fall of the communist government in Czechoslovakia. Barta was unable to release anything for about 15 years a situation similar to that faced by Russian animator. In 2009 he made a puppet animated feature film and what was targeted at a children’s audience.  

Fig 2: In the Attic



Animated figures are more about real life environments. Rich states “He intersperses the animated figures with shots of real landscapes and time-lapse footage of the growth process within the woodland environment.”(Rich) Rich aims to animate the figures by making the overall environment more real so it’s best fitted to the figures. The woodland environment shows the real life look to lead on to the characters. The wood is a symbol to the whole concept. The time lapse footage is the amount of time of the whole footage and process of the environment as this is the main focus.

List of illustrations:

Fig 1: Jiri Barta URL at:


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Fig 2: In the Attic


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 Bibliography:  

John Rich (2006) URL at:


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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Profile Of Norman McLaran


Fig 1: Norman Mclaren

Bio-
Norman McLaren, born in 11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987 was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. McLaren was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and also filmmaking, including drawn on film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. McLarens awards included an Oscar for the Best Documentary in 1952 for Neighbours.

Fig 2: Pass De Deux

Pass de Deux is a very speed production film. “Norman McLaren’s 1968 film is not only one of the greatest ballet films ever made, it’s also an astonishing combination of high-contrast photography and optical printing.” (Coulthart) This shows a lot more of movement and capturing one image at a time and then being repeated. But this brings at another step of the past images to follow the older images. But really it’s loads of captured images in one movement into the next. This is most fascinating as the symbols show great standard posture, to the setting of both characters.  It seems as McLaren’s main objective was to capture the next set of each image so it’s showing more than one person.

List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Norman McLaren URL at:
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Fig 2: McLaren Pass De Deux    URL at:
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Bibliography:
John (2011) URL at:
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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Profile of Michel Gagne


Fig 1: Michel

Bio-
Michel Gagne born in 1965 is a Canadian cartoonist. Gagne studied in Classical Animation at Sheridan College and worked for Sullivan Bluth Studios for six years, working on films as An American Tail, The Land before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven. These were great films made by Gagne.

Gagne also has got into comics and illustrated fiction. Gagne’s first book, A Quest for Meaning: The Story of Rex was self-published in 1998. More books did follow after. He is currently producing a serialized comic book which was batman and this was serialized in #776-780 in January-May 2003.


Fig 2: Detective comics

The image that’s from the detective comics is really well done in black and white. The look of batman in the background is very mysterious due to the fad of black from his cape blends to the background behind him. Michel uses his techniques in a way to know different styles and try making his work different to other artist. This really is a good thing because it’s great to understand you own way of the style that you create and make.  

Michel’s work is very different as an artist he knows a wider range. Richard states “The beauty of Gagne’s work is that he holds an almost universal appeal. His simple stories and delightful, uncluttered and clean lines on the page draw in children and adults alike.” (Richard) Michel’s work is fascinating and that the work he creates in very interesting as it’s got a unique style to the way his work is created. The work he makes has appeal to kids but also to adults need to be. The beauty of his work has a great use of colour and mind work that is used. The use of clean and simple lines is good because is more of a basic form.


Fig 3: Shadow Hunter

Michel’s work is used in a way he contrast light and dark in his work. Lemos states “He describes the creation of this film as a true spiritual journey and artic journey.” (Lemos) The use of colour and dark as perspective view of his work is very bold and eye catching. This work is different as less of colours are used. This makes the image stand at more because the effect of the glow of light only affects the inside of this cave background. With all the Sharpe edges and cracked environment it has that unique effect to what could be in this place.

List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Michel
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Fig 2: Detective comics
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Fig 3: Shadow hunter
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Bibliography:
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Joyce Lemos
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Profile of Lotte Reiniger



Fig 1: Reiniger
Bio-
Charlotte Reiniger was born in June 2, 1899 – June 19, 1981 was a German silhouette animator and film director. She was fascinated in puppetry and even could have put up live shows of the puppetry to her friends and family.
Influences-
Reiniger was influenced by Bruno J. Böttge, Michel Ocelot who was evolved in some inventions towards Princes ET princesses. The silhouette books of illustrator Jan Pieńkowski was another influence from Reiniger and also had complex arrangements do to films.  

Fig 2: Aladdin and the Lamp


Aladdin and the lamp is an interesting film. Moritz states “A wonderful film full of charming comedy, lyrical romance, vigorous and exciting battles, eerie magic, and truly sinister, frightening evil.” (Moritz) This film is truly interesting because the way it has been made as a cut out story which the all the environments and sences is precisely stylised and brings at the quality.  It has mood and character definite a sense of comedy and magic. It is very twisted in some scenes.  This brings the story together. So this film is wounderful and is a different approach to a film. Which is a cut at.


The image above 'Aladdin and the lamp' is truly very interesting because of the dark colours used. It brings at the magic in this particular scene of the film. The aura which is glowing from the lamp is drawing you into the character’s approach to the lamp. The background is very faint but it tells you the distance and space of the area that it is very vast in size. This film is done very accurately.

List of illustrations:

Fig 1: Reiniger
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Fig 2: Reiniger
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Bibliography:

William Moritz
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Review of Walt Disney


                                                    Fig 1: ‘Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse’
Bio-
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney born in December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966 was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon. Walt is well known known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had annual revenue of approximately US$36 billion in the 2010 financial year.


Fig:  2 'Snow White and the seven dwarfs'


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The story is of snow white and the seven dwarfs. Which all dwarfs in the Snow White is much represented by their character name.

Snow white and the seven dwarfs show a lot of expression. Hand states Disney's adoption of Expressionist visual devices makes for genuinely powerful drama. (Hand 1937) in snow white it shows that the characters faces have great expression and that the appearance has a meaning to the names which is a symbol to all the dwarf characters in snow white.  As they are all appealing to the audience. Walt Disney uses the idea that the build-up of character brings at the drama and makes the story gel together. The use of walt’s ideas comes together in this fairy tale.  


Fig 3: 'Steamboat Willie'


Mickey Mouse was born in steamboat Willie Edwards states “The Birth of Mickey Mouse and it is one of the most classic Cartoons in history and the birth of an icon” (Edwards 2011) mickey mouse was born here in this story of steamboat Willie. It is the first and is the original. This is the start of a new character in the world of Disney. Mickey has now come in load of series and has been refined and created in a more efficient way to the style of his character and quality. But from the start of the first design of mickey mouse he is more simply and basic. But really in the present he has changed only to the quality and special effects. 

List of illustrations:

Fig 1: ‘Walt Disney with mickey mouse’ URL at:
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Fig 2: ‘Snow white and the seven dwarfs’ URL at:
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Fig 3 'Steamboat Willie'

Michael Edwards (2011) URL at:
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Bibliography:
 David hand (1937) URL at:
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Gesture Drawings






Thursday, 15 March 2012

Maya Rig Complete




So happy this is done. Took me ages.

Chair Movement




I found these images in google. I wanted to find at chair movement. How would the chair move ? I think this is a really good approach.