Monday, October 25, 2010

Stripes - Animatic - Opening Credits

Below is an animatic for the opening credits for the Stripes film. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Enjoy!

You can also see it on Youtube here: link
Or on DeviantArt here: link

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Haiku and Animation

I think I've learned a lot about storytelling from haikus. They are essentially very tiny stories into themselves.

I think that a good story should be a series of moments. A moment being defined as a coupling of action/perception that then produces an emotional response.

We experience the world through our five senses. We see, hear, taste, touch, smell. Followed by these experiences, is usually a feeling. We feel happy, sad, angry, disgusted, scared, surprised, and the infinite variations therein.

A good haiku captures a single moment. In three lines, it sets up a scene, sometimes a very elaborate one, and triggers a feeling in the reader. The brevity of it makes its all the more powerful. Each important moment of a film should have the same punch.

Of course, a film can't be just a series of moments. That's real life. The moments of a good story should all be connected in a meaningful way that creates one big emotional response at the end.

Anyways, so I wanted to share some of my favorite English haikus with you, so you know what the heck I'm talking about.

These are excerpts from The Haiku Anthology. It's a FANTASTIC book. These are only a very very small sampling of the amazing haikus that are in this book.

(When you read them, try to be aware of the feeling that the poem brings up ... )

I stop to listen;
the cricket
has done the same
---Arizona Zipper

first snow ...
the children's hangers
clatter in the closet
---Michael Dylan Welch

Friday, October 22, 2010

Myst - Book of Atrus - Visual Development

SOMEDAY, I'd like to make, Myst the Book of Atrus, into film. That's one of my many goals. ^__^

I've been feeling very optimistic about things in general the past few weeks. I decided to work on some drawings of the Myst characters for fun:
Atrus and Gehn
Myst story sketches

Monday, October 18, 2010

Battlestar Galactica Storyboards

Here's some quick storyboard sketches I did while watching Battlestar Galactica. I used a uni-ball "micro" pen and side of a pencil for shading.

Battlestar Galactica storyboards

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Figure Drawings from life and from DA's 'Artistic Nude' section

Here are some select drawings from the last few weeks of figure drawing sessions:
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Here's some drawings from DeviantArt's 'Artistic Nude' section.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Character design work from Stripes

Here are some more concept drawings from the Stripes animated short I'm making. I was working on the designs for the main characters. Instead of having one solid, unchanging design, Japanese character designs often straddle between realism and caricature even within the same film. I really like this approach and want to do something similar with Stripes.

Toward the bottom are drawings of kids based on pictures a friend of mine took in Kenya.
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