Cartoon Network recently put together a crew of animators from around the world to create their new summer ident in the form of an animated exquisite corpse. Each team/animator was given 10 seconds of music, 4 colours and tons of Cartoon Network characters to work with. At the end of the project, in true exquisite corpse fashion, each piece was stiched together. This is the result!
Directed by (in running order) Alex Grigg, Eamonn O’Neill, Impactist, leCRCR, Rubber House & Awesome Inc. Music by Impactist Produced by Cartoon Network 2013.
Hello. I am the director/animator guy of Toh Kay’s With Any Sort Of Certainty video. You may have seen it. In fact, 55+k of you did in the first 48 hours. That is until the fine folks at (asshat record label) issued a takedown complaint to Youtube and Vimeo, for Tomas’ own original song and my own original animation. They took it off of my Vimeo account. That felt… weird. At this point, (asshat record label) is working their hardest to make sure the video goes away, possibly for good. The issues between Tomas and (asshat record label) go back through many acrimonious years, and I just happened to have my own work dragged into it by a record label trying to prove a point. They have lawyers. I do not. So I can’t fight them and it may take a long time for it to get ironed out enough that I can repost it again.
I worked very hard on this video. It means a lot to me. And I was so pleased and gratified to know that it meant a lot to some of you who saw it. Thanks so much for your emails and stuff. You guys are great. Both Tomas and I will have the video on our sites, but who knows how long that will last. And we both want as many people to see/hear it as possible, and to have it readily available for new people to see and hopefully connect with and enjoy.
Neither of us want to see this thing we’ve worked on go away. You can’t ever really erase something from the internet, especially music and art. It just gets out there, that’s what’s so great about it. It lasts. And with your help it should only be a quick and easy Google search away from anyone who wants to see it.
Every now and then I’m asked about my animation process. I’ve always enjoyed getting a glimpse of other peoples working methods, so I thought I would share how I typically approach a shot.
My technical process tends to change slightly from project to project. However, most of my animation training was on paper and this traditional process has informed how I work today.
Here, Joe, the main character in LEFT has jumped into the ocean. We see him swimming underwater. With an action shot such as this, I begin with a very loose first pass. I’m not concerned with any detail or volume at this point. Its much more about the timing, posing and weight. This first stage is done very quickly, I’m trying to keep the drawing loose.
From here I begin to tie down my key poses and breakdowns. At this point, if I am not animating straight ahead, I tend to have all my charts worked out.
Here I have begun to clean up my key poses.
The character animation is completed then background elements and effects are added.
Finally the animation is all coloured and composited with some slight colour correction in After Effects.
Thats it. Just do it over and over till your eyes fall out. See the trailer for LEFT here.
I’M FINE THANKS is now on tour across the UK with the BAFTA shorts. Check out the trailer and upcoming dates can be found here: http://bit.ly/10hg2Ev . One of my favourite shorts from last year, Lynne Ramsay’s Swimmer is included in the mix, see it on the big screen if you can.