These Crazy Flickery Things

I found these!

I think they are really cool. They are two frames played in a loop very quickly. The two frames are from a stereograph, which takes two images from slightly different angles to simulate the depth we see as our eyes are in slightly different positions. Originally they would have been seen through a special viewer that allows you to see one picture in each eye, creating the illusion of depth. Here they have just been looped as animated .gif files. I particularly like the one of the ammunitions wagon exploding. It is very dramatic. I think the effect does create an illusion of depth in quite an unusual and eerie way. I would like to try and make a test animation using a similar technique.

If I were to take a series of images using two cameras in slightly different positions, I could play them back so that the frames were interspersed with each other: The 1st photo taken on camera A followed by the corresponding one on camera B- then the 2nd from camera A and so on. I could animate something moving within the series of stereoscopic images. It would be a bit crude and probably be impossible to make out what was happening, but I think it would be an interesting thing to try.

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Something Amazing Has Happened!

I finished my essay!!!

I tend to struggle with essays, but I think this one has turned out alright. The problem is I always think that and it usually seems to turn out not to be, so I actually have no idea how good it is whatsoever.

I can now get back to doing some of my other work for the other project. We are making a one minute animation/ animatic where we have to animate at least 15 seconds each, and the rest of the story must be shown as an animatic with sound. My group had originally planned to try and get the vast majority of the work done before christmas as it is not possible for us to meet up, or shoot our work while we are all at home for the christmas break. As we only have one more week after this one before we break up for christmas and we haven’t started shooting yet it looks like we won’t have time to be finished before then, which may well mean we struggle to meet the final deadline. We might be able to meet the deadline, but our work may not be to as high a standard as we were hoping.

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Claire Kitson

Last week on Thursday I went to a lecture by Claire Kitson.

She used to work for Channel Four, when they used to give lots of funding to experimental animation projects. She was mainly here to try and sell copies of her books, but she spoke about the direction in which she felt the animation industry was heading. I thought it was quite depressing, as she basically said that now Channel 4 is not so keen on animation that it is very hard to find funding for animation projects. I think that there will always be a place for animation though, even if it’s just in TV and internet advertising.

There is a website run by Channel 4 and Aardman called 4mations, where you can watch animations, which I think is a good idea. I will add the link to that to my ‘Interesting Websites’ list at the top.

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Phillip Warner

A few weeks ago Phillip Warner came in to give a workshop on animating our character designs. He does freelance illustration, design and animation. We used character designs that we did in Lewis’s workshops and drew them in a series of expressions to show the changing of their expression. We were told to draw it with three drawings, showing the character look, and react to something above them to make an ‘animatic’ of the movement. I added a few extra drawings in mine to show what it was he was reacting too.

If I was going to make this into an animation rather than an animatic I would have to insert the inbetween frames to show the movement between the different poses you see in this animatic.

Because I had some time left at the end of the session I decided to try and make another animation of my fly flying:

It is quite a short animation, but as it was just a test I don’t think that matters. I had to try a few things before coming up with this. I think I could have made it better by instead of having the wings in different positions in each frame just having a blur with various wing shapes that would change slightly from frame to frame to hint at the very fast movement of the flies wings.

Phillip came back again yesterday to show us how to animate a ‘walk cycle’, which is when you make an animation of a character walking. He taught us to draw out a layout sheet before starting to draw our frames for the animation. After a few tries and modifications I had this by the end of the day:

I think this is very successful and I have surprised myself at how well this animation has turned out. Apart from a very tiny jolt in the middle, that is barely noticable I think it is a very smooth walk cycle. I think this walk cycle workshop will be very useful for the “Individual Voice”, as in our animation for that project we need to show our character walking.

I think both of Phillips workshops have been very useful, and I would like it if he came and gave us more animation workshops in the future.

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Space- The Back Of Naomi's Head

This drawing was supposed to be showing depth, however, because we were all standing in such a small area I ended up drawing Naomi’s Head.

Naomi's Head

I think it looks quite good now I have cropped it. I think I may do a more detailed remake of this image later on, as this was quite a quick drawing, I would like to do a better one, as I think the composition could be made to look really good, with Naomi looking out into the distance.

The thing in the middle is a squirrel, which ran across the road. I got the perspective wrong, as it looks like a Fox sized one. Squirrels are amazing, especially the Jedi variety:


I found this picture on, which is linked to in my Interesting Websites list to the right near the top of this page. I am unsure of where it actually originated from though, I suspect it was done by a schoolboy with too much time on his hands and a rip-off version of photoshop, alternatively it could be subliminal messaging from foreign governments… Who knows…?

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Welcome To My Blog

I am currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Animation Arts at the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone, England.

I am starting this blog to keep a record of my work, to show a few of the projects I am working on, and to show my progress as I improve throughout the course.

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Storyboard-Lewis's Workshops

This is one of the storyboards I drew as part of one of Lewis Campbells workshops. I was given a rough storyboard by George which was drawn in different shaped boxes. I was supposed to make into a storyboard using regular aspect ratio boxes. I wasn’t quite sure of the story of George’s storyboard so I adapted it slightly. I also had to fit it into 16 frames, which I managed to do.


I am not sure it is clear on this small picture but the story is that there is a girl out camping and she sees a tornado, which whisks her away to a tropical island, she realises she is lost and goes mad. I particularly like the last drawing where she is screaming as I think she looks very manic. It reminds me of Golum from Lord of the Rings.

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