I missed the last few weeks post due to another fun trip Home to visit the family and celebrate my Lady Aedon's 9th Birthday.
I am soooo glad she was born.... She Had an awesome time at SKY HIGH.......A trampoline House of Happiness....a BIG gymnasium sleepover and Pancakes in the morning from Mama. Great Time.
Shel has work on line moving forward every week......and the Mini Dober Ship Looks AWESOME!!
Its Totally MINI!!! Like a TOY version of the BIG Ship.
She Has the Interns Making some Excellent Props for the Mini Crash scene in the end of the film.
Here is Intern Lisa Hard at work!!
and here is her awesome Mini Dober Props -TINY...
Lou has been building Additional Asteroids for the opening sequence out on the deck
....following the designs X- Fellow Art Assistant Bridget Dash....who is Know in New Zealand working hard on the HOBBIT !! AWESOME!!!
as far as work......
My last 3 weeks on the film have been just as Incredibly HARD
as all the weeks before....its NOT getting easier guys !! Ha! I am Pushing so much..........
I did get 4 more shots approved and they bring my screen total to 19 seconds. Thats very cool....but I need to work on the Psychological part of the game....I get a bit too panicky at times...
so worried about being perfect-CLEAN....that I cant find the flow. I am working on relaxing though.....trying to put things into perspective.
I am also bringing in things like music-podcasts or commentaries from Films...to keep me loose and from Over analyzing stuff....and its helping.
I am still staying late most weeks though.
and realizing I just need more time to FIGURE things out than i think the SUPER PRO's do.......
When you start a new shot you typically start working with the motion controll guys and they want numbers or estimates on when characters are going to be at certain places in an animation- like for a focus pull or a tilt....pan whatever?
This is NOT an easy guess for me....I just dont have much to draw on....and the animatics are not very realistic in how much time is needed for some actions...this has been a pretty Stressfull part of my animation process on the film so far.
I am constantly asking myself- Does anyone else have this problem?
I am learning though that I need to let the pressure go...Dont try and keep up with the camera.....just animate natural in your rehearsals....and let the Camera guys adjust the camera to your timing once you have discovered it.
Big lesson there....Because I was beeing sooo stifled by the camera work on my earlier shots.
Every time I get a new shot ....Its like starting over - I have to trust in my education -the CRAFT of animation
.....and try not to panic under the process.
Well...I did sucessfully get through the last 3 weeks of animation....and I got all my shots approved....so I must be doing ok.
In cool NEWS - our Buddys over at Scarlet Star Studios finished up the very first NW Animation Festival.....And I spent saturday Night and Sunday afternoon watching their awesome lineup of animated films.
These guys and friends did a wonderfull job in organizing and carrying out a flawless showing.
I highly recommend anyone in Portland who is a lover of Animation make it down to another showing if they decide to do it again...It was a lot of FUN!
TRICKS OF THE WEEK -SomeSkyHighAction
Aedon and Gazells
Last But not least Robert Litton after being injured in the first 3 minutes of bouncing....pulled this incredible stunt to redeem himself right at the end.