Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Another sequence, this time for Barry Purves' project. This is a practice run for the final scene, where the boy can literally be seen growing up into manhood. It involved adding or squashing the plasticine to widen muscles and create the illusion of adolescent growth.
This link will get you to a better quality video for the animation above
Posted by Tommy Grainger at 14:59
Friday, 18 March 2011
There is also an update with the props. I have almost completed the sofa after much labouring with a needle and thread. Myself and Jon built the staircase and also helped Alex and May with the tedious (but incredibly rewarding) task of making the branches for the trees.
|With the new armature made to replace the ball and socket armature,|
I used a simple structure of twisted wire and steel plated feet.
|The leaves were made by a 'leaf shaped' hole puncher and glued onto |
strands of wire covered in brown paper
Posted by Tommy Grainger at 16:14
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
These two pieces are tests for the upcoming animation collaboration with Barry Purves. My theme is puberty and have been trying to animate hair and body growth. The first animation of the breast needs re-thinking as it looks more like a breast 'sagging' as oppose to 'growing' (tut tut). The second animation is of me snipping off tiny bits of wire for each shot (and then play the entire thing backwards) to simulate hair growth.
Posted by Tommy Grainger at 12:04
Sunday, 6 March 2011
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some free tickets for this years Stoke Your Fires at the Pottery museum in Stoke-on-Trent. I was only able to attend one day, however, it was the Tribute to British Animation event and gave us a real treat in various presentations with speakers such as Barry Purves, Vivien Halas and Tony Dalton.
|Tony Dalton, film historian and curator of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation|
The other photo above is of the models made from last year, under the theme of the animated film Robots. My assigned Robot was the character Fender and it was quite an experience to see this model put on display in the art museum of Stoke.
It was also a great feeling to sit with Barry Purves in the cafe. We do see him every week for his project, but for him to seek you out and sit talking about opera, amongst all these other animators/enthusiasts, was really cool. His semenar on his passion for puppets was very enlightening and as always gave us all more inspiration to crack on with our own work.
|First look of one of the sets for my own animation 'I am Your Father'|
Posted by Tommy Grainger at 14:36
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Unfortunately the foam latex had to be ripped off Barney (the star of the Money Tree animation) as the armature itself was still loose in a few of its joints. I therefore have to tighten these and begin the process once again of mixing the latex and cooking the puppet. However, this time I do have a pair of hands to also foam up.
One of the pictures above shows Barney's clothes for the opening scene where he walks through the forest. These were done by Lynda Barnes, our second year assistant. I have also begun sculpting the head for the puppet which will be primarily out of super sculpey with inter-changeable mouths. The plan for this week is to get the puppet smothered in foam and get him pruned and ready for a walk cycle.
|Wire armature hands with heat shrink tubing over the fingers|
Posted by Tommy Grainger at 12:47