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.
Hello. Late Night Work Club is pleased to announce our Project #1 - Ghost Stories, an animated short anthology. If you don’t know what Late Night Work Club is, you better ask somebody.
We’re doing this thing, and you are invited. Campfire is lit, marshmallows are toasting, someone is passing around something (none for me, thanks) and over a dozen animators are gearing up to spin some Ghost Stories. Some will be scary, some funny, some will probably pretty sad, I’m not going to lie. That’s how ghost life is. We’re just telling it like it is. Or like we made it up.
Ghost Stories consists of several animated shorts, each made by different animator or small team. There are a lot of us, so expect to hang out for a while. The people involved are some of the brightest kids doing independent animation today. Seriously, go look at the roster.
Ghost Stories will be released online, for free, in the spring. Everyone can watch it. You don’t have to travel to a festival or know a guy who knows a guy. If you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere (like several of us are), you can see it the same day everyone else does. That’s internet magic.
We are very excited about this and we hope you too will be. Follow this blog and the #LNWC tag both here and on twitter for a steady stream of Late Night Work Club awesome. In this space we’ll also be doing some special posts that you will want to see, especially if independent animation is your thing. And it probably is or else you wouldn’t be reading this.