Archive for November, 2008

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Appleseed

November 21, 2008

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Now I started to come away from the mainstream anime such as Bleach and Naruto for about a year now, and its really opened my eyes to a lot of other anime’s out there, I have watched them before, but Ive begun to appreciate them more than I should of done.

Appleseed is a classic that everyone should watch at least once, especially if you are an animator anyway. Its a film that was written by Haruka Handa and Tsutomu Kamishiro, and directed by Shinji Aramaki. Its the first out of the two movies, the second being called Appleseed EX Machina, and all the characters are based on the manga series characters originally created by Masamune Shirow the all time creator and father to the Ghost in The Shell series.

If you like CG and the anime style then you should definatly consider watching this as its a great film. Again if theres not a copy available in the library then just ask me for my copy to borrow.

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Versus

November 21, 2008

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I’m quite into Asian film so I could go on forever and list some really good movies but, Im just going to pick a few of the ones I really like. I watched Versus for the first time about a year ago and thought it was a great film. Versus was written by Ryuhei Kitamura and released in 2000, its classed as a Japanese action/horror film. The things I really liked about it was because it was different. The story was different, the characters had a wide mixture of personalities and the scene is very unlikely.

I think there is also a wide variety of camera shots and motions used so If your interested in that you should definitely take a look to see what I mean. I don’t want to say too much just to not give it away but, if your into both Asian cinema/martial arts then you should definitely take a look into it. Its kind of hard to get a decent cheap copy today, I had to go up to HMV in London Piccadilly to get mine after ordering it from them and never getting a copy, so if you want to take a look just ask to borrow it from me, though I thing the library has a copy on VHS.

Theres no good quality youtube links to the trailer so heres the one on IMDB http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi199295257/

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Character Design – Life Drawings

November 21, 2008

Here a few drawings from life drawing. These are just a basic few but the idea was to try an capture motion within the drawing itself, it helps animate because thats what the animator has to convey. I found it quite hard not having done a lot of life drawing in the past but I feel it something I should definiatly focus on a lot more.

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Drawings – Locations and Pinecones – Storyboards

November 21, 2008

These are a few sketches from my drawing sessions where I was asked to go outside and start drawing different things framed. These where helped to create the idea’s and principles of a storyboard. After that we where then asked to put the frames in a sort of order that could tell a story board if it had been in a storyboard.

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Characters Studies Continued – Silhouettes

November 21, 2008

This was an excersise we were asked to do with I though was quite useful, I think it helped focus less on detail and more on getting the rough outline right to make it proportional to the amount of space the character took up. I was asked to put my character specifically into different situations doing different things.

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Characters Studies

November 21, 2008

Here are abstract forms of certian thing, like for instance you can see the top left one is a human and directly blow that is a monkey. These are the ideas of shapes I came up with to represent these thing. It was quite a interesting excersise and I think the idea of it was to inspire creativity.

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Here these are going about the same ideas, but instead they’re characterised by a certain situation.

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The Star & Chain – Text

November 21, 2008

Heres a typed copy of the text I am working on for this project,

Star and Chain

In 1961, during a visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, I
bought a hand-crafted one-of-a-kind Star of David on a
chain. I wore it all the time. In 1981 the chain broke while I
was swimming in the ocean off Atlantic city, and I lost it in
the surf. In 1991, during Christmas vacation, my fifteen-year-
old son and I were poking around in an antique shop in Lake
Placid, New York, when a piece of jewelery caught his eye. He
called me over to take a look. It was the Star of David that
had been swallowed up by the ocean ten years before.

Steve Lacheen, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

I feel its quite a heartfelt piece which even though written like a story, has all the meaning of a poem included in it as well. Some bits are almost a little too bit vague on the details but its a nice little story because you can kind of relate to it in a way, if not exactly then emotionally at least you had those feelings.