Stop Motion Animation

October 28, 2009

Of the stop motion of scene I’m excited for the new Wes Anderson movie coming out “Fantastic Mr.Fox.” Unlike his other (cult followed) live action films he has switched to stop motion to recreate Roald Dahl’s story. The animation style and emotion captured is incredible, and as the one review writes “Proof that Pixar doesn’t have a monopoly on heartfelt and funny animation.”


Flash Animation

October 26, 2009


Flash was the first program in this class that I had literally never touched until now. I spent a few extra hours watching and reading tutorials on flash to learn the different forms of tweening and the other general tools. I realize that I have actually been lucky to learn flash on the new CS4 model as the many new changes, such as the bone tool, came into effect. My project is technically based in tweening and illustrator drawing without onion skinning, I felt that it would have confused the piece to use onion skinning in combination with pure flash animation.

The Fall of Icarus

October 7, 2009

For this piece I was inspired by generally the mythological story of Icarus, but even more so I was inspired by “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Bruegel as well as the poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden. This myth has always been a favorite of mine due to its surrealism and intrigue. I also find the interpretations it invokes exciting especially when you read the interpretations which praise Icarus for flying towards the sun.
Technically with the project I rented out fourteen different audio disks from the library to gather high quality sounds. With respect to the sounds I used the wind and birds from audio disks (two separate tracks), the wings flapping from an online source, the violin is from the CFA, the cymbal crash was added at the end, the bells were from Sufjan Stevens, and the crowd speaking at the end was from YouTube.
In a sense I feel my piece is better understandable with a visual. I was truly trying to illustrate Bruegels painting, systematically going through the events in which Icarus falls. The crowd in the end is used to illustrate the focus of Bruegel’s piece, where even after Icarus falls he is unnoticed and society keeps moving forward.

Dropbox test

October 5, 2009