Thursday, June 29, 2006
Today kids were practicing their skateboard moves on our street. I love the sound of the board hitting the pavement.
In an unrelated note:
This one is Jane, of the Peter Pan sequel 1998, from a scrap panel...
Girl, sketched last winter...
Monday, June 26, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Posted by Arna.
Story artist Jenny Lerew, who writes clearly and with much insight on animation, posted this recently: A short rant on mediocrity
Jenny's post generated a lively debate and a plug from Cartoon Brew. The series THE FAMILY DOG featured fairly prominently in the discussion. THE FAMILY DOG special, created for Spielberg's Amazing Stories series and directed by Brad Bird, was glorious! However, the short lived television series that followed was less so. Since I worked on said series I decided what the heck, I'll post a sample of my boards, done approximately 1993. The episode title is HOT DOG AT THE ZOO.
Looking at these boards, I'm struck by how square and small the panels are compared to the wide screen format we're working in these days. The closeups look much too close! However, I remember that I really enjoyed working on this sequence. Tim Burton was consulting designer and he did some moody inspirational designs for the zoo. Three artists split the 21 minute show. The other two-thirds were handled by uber-talented story artists/directors Alan Bunce and Robin Budd. The thing I liked about the storytelling was that as much as possible it was from the dog's point of view. However, this was also the tragic flaw of the series, since it was often hard to tell what was happening and what the canine hero was thinking.
Well anyways, here's some of it. Hope you enjoy! And thanks Jenny for the great discussion.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
A few panels from the Sci-Fi series Skyland, a motion capture show that I storyboarded on in the fall of 2005:
And here's a bit of homemade leica reel that I assembled in Flash, from the opening sequence of the same episode. SKYLAND is a sci-fi series and a France-Canada coproduction. The designs were done in France and have an elegant quality you don't always see in television animation. This sequence was much revised after my turn on it (as can happen), but I have no complaint about the way it turned out. It ended up even more dramatic! Although my version is unpolished, I had some fun importing it into Flash and doing this quick edit. John and I set it to a piece of music by Sweet. Heavy rock seems to suit the action. I didn't have access to the dialogue tracks so I used subtitles, which gives the clip a comic book feel, and that's all right with me.
The episode starts with a flying chase and a firefight as two children in a stolen airship try to evade the bad guys. The kids' parents were the leaders of a rebellion against 'The Sphere', which is an evil (of course) organization that runs things after the world is blown up.
Please click here to see this excerpt of Flash leica posted on our website.
Updated with a new link, July 3_06. If you want to know more about Skyland you can:
click here to go to the Skyland TV Website. Looks like some interesting stuff on this site.
click here to go to the Nicktoons Skyland page.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Top one: afternoon, JvB.
Second, third: 8 am, Arna.
Fourth one: afternoon, JvB.
Bottom one: afternoon, Arna.