Friday, 27 March 2009
The poses range from several 5mins poses up to one 20mins pose.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
As well as his film he also brought along his brilliant sketchbooks for us to look through. Luis told us he’s a big fan of collecting things so his sketchbooks are full of strange collections of clippings and oddities. He also collects ‘thumbprint portraits’ so we all had a chance to make one for him (dip your thumb in ink, press it down on paper, draw your portrait inside the print). His sketchbooks are full of hundreds of these little portraits and we have the honour of going up alongside Ray Harryhausen who was the last person to do one!
As well as Luis visiting we’ve also been working on storyboarding for the past 2 weeks; doing lots of different exercises involving floor plans, viewfinders, shot lists, adaptations, etc. as many ways as possible of approaching a storyboard before we begin our own projects next week.
I’ve scanned in a couple of different things I’ve done.. First is a panel from our floor plan exercise, the entire board is too big to show but I really like the expression in this panel. The next image is breaking down an already existing film sequence into storyboards and last is a quick sketch I made at Marylebone station.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Yellow Belly End Directed by Philip Bacon
All the films looked amazing (it’s always great to see how they develop from animatics and storyboards through to finished shiny polished films) A big congratulations to all the directors! If your planning on visiting any animation festivals soon then keep an eye for these films.
Also, you can see stills from the other brilliant animation films over at: http://www.nftsanimation.org/departments.htm
Sunday, 1 March 2009
On another note we went to visit the Roald Dahl museum yesterday in the village of Great Missenden. Great Missenden is a quintessential English village, with lots of teashops and a tiny post office surrounded on all sides by rolling hills and fields, very relaxing and peaceful. Roald himself used to live there and you can see the influences for lots of his stories in the buildings and countryside. The museum itself is full of memorabilia from Roald and also lots of illustrations from Quentin Blake (another of my heroes) so very inspiring. On top of all that all children over 5 get a free 'Story Ideas Books' full of tips from Roald on how to write stories and technically since I am over 5 I got one as well!
Next week we begin our storyboarding workshops at school so lots of drawing and redrawing to do, I can't wait!