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Animation Inspiration Week - Pt. 4

Ok, this is the last one I’ll post!

Sally Cruikshank has made a huge impression on me and I absolutely adore her work!  When I was preparing to make my senior film in college, I was getting swept up in the intensity of watching old Looney Tunes and feeling overwhelmed by how great it looked and how I wanted to animate that great too.  I got to present my film idea to a visiting professor and he suggested that making a great film doesn’t require perfect animation, but a memorable experience.  He suggested I look up some work by Sally Cruikshank and it totally changed my whole world.  I was so excited to check out the work of a female animator who seemed to have a similar way of thinking as myself.  She is a mega badass and I would watch this interview often to remind myself that animation is a gateway for fantasy to come alive and how special and unique that is.  I’ve always tried to embrace that idea ever since. 

If you have never seen it, watch Quasi at the Quackadero as well, it’s outstanding!

Animation Inspiration Week - Pt. 3

Again another obvious one but how can I not !!!!  I’ll try to keep this one brief, but basically fast forward to me being in college and rewatching Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the first time since I was a child.  This was my first moment as a brand new animator in which I felt absolutely insignificant with my abilities and was totally floored by the quality and excellence of the animation in this film.  I was really processing how much I had to learn and how I needed many more years of practice and hard work to even come close to this level.  And live action blended perfectly with great characters!!!  I can’t even express how much I love it.  It’s perfect in my eyes.  My favorite movie ever.  Go watch it if you’ve never seen it !!!!  You will never regret it!

PS: Shout out to Richard Williams, u da man.  I got to see him speak twice and it was great, and also reminded me that he is also one of those obsessive artists who spent his career constantly trying to improve his skill and never really feeling like he did good enough when actually it’s pretty bonkers.  I feel him on that one except for the bonkers part.  I still have plenty to learn.  Although I refuse to animate on 1’s like he suggests, he has definitely schooled me on a lot of stuff and I’ll appreciate that 4eva!

PPS:  I call him Richie Willz in my head but I thought that would be unclear for someone who might possibly read my ramblings

Animation Inspiration Week - Pt. 2

Ok I keep going with obvious ones but they are inspiring for a reason!  My love for the first decade of the Simpsons is so deep that I think I love it as much as I love certain people in my life.  Since around age 8, my mom and I would watch the syndicated episodes every night and the new ones every Sunday, so 6 days out of my week had some Simpsons in it.  It wasn’t till around 2005 when my mom and I both felt like we couldn’t enjoy the new episodes anymore because they just didn’t have the same magic.  I think it’s worth adding that I loved the Simpsons so much that despite watching it daily, the first video I ever tried to download on Kazaa (haha) was the Mojo the helper monkey episode (“Girly Edition”) and spent all day downloading it. Of course, when I tried to watch it, it turned out to be a porn of a lady masturbating. This was a completely horrifying moment in my youth and made me have my first little panic attack.  Life lesson 2 self: the internet is scary!  And full of porn.  

Anyway, my mom would get me a DVD box set of one season every Christmas when those finally came out.  Watching them when I was older helped me appreciate them so much more because I was finally understanding adult jokes that had previously gone over my head.  When I watch my DVDs even now I have big wide eyes and cackle wildly like a cuckoo head like it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it, even though it’s probably the millionth time.  I’m pretty sure a lot of people feel this way though!  To me the humor and character acting in this show are so excellent, and it has definitely shaped the way I approach animation and humor in general.  In my mind nothing will ever match the perfection of the first 10 years of this show ! 

(Source: mysimpsonsblogisgreaterthanyours)

Another example of my love for Disney films: me as a child emulating my favorite at the time, Fantasia.  I hand drew the grapes from the ostrich scene for my little head piece and tried bringin’ out the sass and tutu I had seen on the hippo !  Also this was not Halloween, just a casual day in my life

Animation Inspiration Week - Pt. 1

Yo Michael, good idea!  

I’ll start with my childhood animation inspiration, which of course were Disney films.  I never grew up watching Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, or any of the great kids shows that were out at the time; instead, I would wear out the video tapes of my favorite Disney movies and sing-along collections.  As a kid I thought I wanted to be an animator but quickly changed my mind when I found out how much work it required.  I resisted animation for a while because of this!  I still watch a Disney movie whenever I’m feeling sick or particularly sad and every time it makes me feel so much better.  I have such an intense love for most Disney films to the point where I defend them despite their shortcomings (except for Tarzan, what a mess!!!).

It was of course outrageously hard to pick a clip from one of the many films I grew up loving!  I almost picked Robin Hood for this because it’s so nostalgic and wonderful to me, but instead I’m going with Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me” sequence.  Every time I watch this I have to give it my complete and full attention and absorb everything that’s happening, plus Robin Williams’s voice reminds me of childhood and makes me feel totally comforted and happy.  In the adult animator side of my brain, I am totally inspired by all of the amazing things happening in the animation here and of course Eric Goldberg rocked it super hard.  I hope I can make something even slightly as entertaining and good looking as this some day!

PS: I always hear the genie say “boner city certified” at the 1:41 point :-T  I know that’s not the lyric but I can’t stop hearing that, hah… eugh

Anonymous said: Are you responsible for trip tank? It's genius. Favorite show ever.

Hey!  I’m not responsible for TripTank, but I did have the privilege of working on 3 shorts in house and directing and doing the art for one in my off hours.  The studio Shadow Machine did a great job compiling funny animations and hiring awesome people to make a variety of cool and unique shorts! 

Also good news!!  There’s gonna be a season 2 with even more episodes!  WUuuuUU!!

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subjectofchange:

aaron-long:

I co-boarded/directed this intro sequence and animated a few shots. But most importantly, I named the little boy “Bradley Hitler-Smith.”

This is the intro to a show within the show ive been working on for the past couple months. 

Check IttTt!!  It’s the show within a show for Bojack Horseman, which will be on Netflix in August!  You can check out the Netflix trailer here as well.  

So happy “Bradley Hitler-Smith” made it in the trailer Aaron!  Haha!  Awesome job boarding it!  Got to help animate little bits in this segment along with JoshZoë and Cody!

This is it… this is the pinnacle of my career.  I can retire now.

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