Making puppets

We created puppets for the last stop motion shot we had to do. I thought about what kind of animation I want, and plan what parts I need. I research the animals anatomy as well.

 

I drew the lines on the paper first and my group mates help me to cut it.

We used water colour to paint the puppets. Since I wanted to put very detailed pattern on them, I needed a lot of help.

Building a multiplane

For this project, I really wanted to try using multiplane for the stopmotion shot. However, because we did not have any multiplane in our studio, I had to build one from scratch. So I went to the internet and found some images of handmade multiplanes. I measure the camera stand we had at the studio and planned how big it should be based on it.

I had to have an induction in order to use the wood workshop at school. Then I bought all the materials, and built the frame.

Finally I god two acrylic sheets and put them in the frame.

I was able to animate on it when I did a test animation with one puppet, but after we made all the puppet for the shot, it was too difficult to put all the paper puppetsin only two layers. So I bought two more frames and  create the depth that I wanted.

 

Insipiration for ENO project

I went to the British Museum to get some inspiration for the English National Opera project this weekend. Since I have chosen to use paper cut stop motion technique for some shots in my film, I need to start makin an paper cut puppets for the shots with inside the ark next week. I am still thinking what kind of character design I want in my film. I was inspired by the ancient sculptures from Middle East, China, paintings from Japan. Especially for the god Hara tee in my film, it was great to see how different countries picture the god.

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Enki Bilal, The Knight of French Science Fiction

Enki Bilal is a French comic book artist/Filmmaker. Born in 1951 in Belgrade from a Yugoslavic family, Bilal moves to France at the age of 10. Remembering the misery of his childhood in Communist Yugoslavia, Bilal’s work mainly resides on critics of totalitarian regimes and Science-Fiction.

 

I find Bilal’s artwork beautiful, the colour blue is always present in all of his characters and stories especially on his female character who will often have blue hair, blue lips or both. In 2004, Bilal manage to find the funds to direct Immortal, a Science-Fiction/Apocalyptic love story based on his own comic book with the same title. Bilal using his comic as storyboard for his movie, the movie composition is incredible and we have this distinct graphic feeling throughout the whole movie.

You have to understand that dispite having a real identity in the comic book world with Enki Bilal, René Laloux, Jean Giraud, Alejandro Jodorowsky,  etc…French Science-Fiction is almost non existent. And Bilal is one of the very few filmmakers with Luc Besson and Michel Gondry who will fight for the right for Science Fiction to be more present in France.

My Very First Showreel

Here is my very first animation showreel I made with mainly from the animation exercises from 1 year unit 1. I made this for applying for internships in the summer holiday, and also for a self-reflection when I finished the term. It was a good opportunity for me to think about what I’ve learned so far since I started this course,and style has developed. It has been such a busy term that I did not have time to revisit my work.  The oldest animation I did in this showreel is the polar bear walk cycle I have put in the end. The latest animation is probably the under water animation with a lot of sea creatures I did for the second year student Ines’s grad film. I want to believe I improved..

 

Benji Davies, The Colours of Childhood

I am in love with the work of Benji Davis, He is one of the reasons I wish to work in the UK. His characters and concepts work so well in animation, mostly because of the colour he uses. Davies works mainly digitally, that allows him to really control his colour palette. My favourite book of his must be Grandpa’s Island and it is the most colourful book he has ever done which is quite particular because Grandpa’s Island mostly talks about the grief of the little boy after his grandfather passed away. Here is an animated trailer for his latest book The Storm Whale in Winter: