Friday, June 19, 2009

100 frame exercises

100 frame student exercises from coop on Vimeo.

Taking a note from Jean-Denis, we tried these 100 frame exercises last term, with mixed, but mostly favorable results. Students really stepped up and made some entertaining pieces! The nature of the pieces forced decisionmaking quickly, but are really to animation what the quick sketch is to figure drawing.

Great class..I'll post more work samples soon

Friday, June 12, 2009

lou romano's blog

How did I not see this before?

Monday, June 8, 2009

GTD....great post from Jason

Jason points out that organizing skills aren't really something that's taught in school, and quite honestly, it's something I still struggle with. It was easier in my 20s when my life responsibilities were a fraction of what they are now, but now I find when the system breaks down, it can also really impact creativity as I struggle to catch up.

The Link

The impetus for Jason's blog posts are a utilization of David Allen's "Getting Things Done" methodology, which, at it's core, is an organizational system based on getting all the worry and lack of focus out of your head and onto a piece of paper/document to evaluate and prioritize. Basically, the goal is to get into the habit of constantly evaluating and prioritizing your life, acting on what you can.

Like any system, it's only useful if it works for you, but Jason has an interesting take on utilizing this methodology when it comes to planning your animation.

Last term I did 2 directed studies, one more successful than the other (this isn't to disparage anyone's animation abilities, but more goes to reflect on how process can help you or bite you in the tuchas)

Without going into specifics, one student didn't refine their 2d and 3d animatic, citing not enough time, and just plowed ahead without a strong enough plan, and consequently made relatively little progress. It's this prioritizing of time that can really be useful in looking at animation. Rather than a a big to do list that seems overwhelming, Jason suggests breaking the to do list into categories, like body, face, etc. in order to easily help focus one's priorities.

Thursday, June 4, 2009