Thursday, January 31, 2013
Using a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, "Paperman."
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
|Toaster Crew in Taipei, 1986. From left: Joe Ranft, Sanvy from Cuckoo's Nest, Steve Moore, Randy Cartwright, Brian McEntee, Jerry Rees, Chuck Richardson. Photo by Rebecca Rees|
I recently found a letter I wrote to my parents from Taiwan, which unearthed some forgotten memories. So if you ever wondered what it was like to make a great American cartoon in the land of Chiang Kai-shek, read on!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
|Peter Pan at the Pantages Theater, Hollywood|
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Rob Hemmings is an excellent animator with a creature reel second to none. Several years ago he set up Animation A Team - the first online animation school dedicated exclusively to teaching animal and creature animation. FLIP asked him a few questions about what makes his school unique.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
|Otto the Rhino breaks into the animated film market|
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
After posting about Elmer Plummer's life drawing class last week, I wanted to do a piece on his watercolors, and while I'm at it, bring back a feature from the old format FLIP - the monthly featured artist. So many of our industry friends and colleagues have created personal art - that is to say, artwork not generated for an animation studio, which, unless the artist has a website or has you over for dinner, is work you probably will never see.
In the case of the late great Elmer Plummer (1910-86), his work is available to the public, but you have to search around a bit. Some of his watercolor paintings are in the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Elmer worked at Disney Studios during the Walt years as a designer and story man. He was drinking buddies with Lee and Mary Blair. But like a lot of the Disney talent of that time, he was a fine artist first and foremost.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Friend of FLIP Signe Baumane has taken to the fundraising site Kickstarter for financial support on her independent feature Rocks in My Pockets. Rocks is the very personal story of Signe's struggles with depression. Those familiar with her work know her humor is brutally honest. She calls her film "a funny film about depression."
Sunday, January 20, 2013
There is a revolution taking place in media and content creation. Any animator with talent, a laptop and a story to tell can now take on the biggest studios. It's not exactly a level playing field, but it's way more level than it was just a decade ago.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Elmer Plummer was a brilliant artist. His watercolors are in the National Gallery in Washington, DC. He designed the roustabouts sequence in Dumbo and the mushroom dance sequence in Fantasia among other films during his 30 plus years at Disney Studios. But to certain artists in the industry today, Elmer Plummer was known as their life drawing instructor.
|Elmer Plummer caricatured as one of his Elmer Men. He was not amused. |
Photo courtesy of Gary Conrad
Elmer taught life drawing to the Character Animation Department at CalArts from 1977 to 1983. He developed a system of learning the proportions of the human anatomy known by students as "The Elmer Man". At the start of every class, he would stand before a chalkboard and create a boxy figure while lecturing on relative proportions of the body. We drew along. Then he would introduce a live model to draw, applying this box-man system. There was nothing sexy about this system. Advanced students found it dull and repetitive. For novices like me, it was educational and repetitive.
Effects animator Al Holter kept his notes from Elmer's class, and shared them with FLIP (and you!):
Thursday, January 17, 2013
|Gravy Media, founded by Nathan Erasmus|