This week in my 'Animation and the Body' class (wonderful course with Maija Burnett), we had a guest lecture on...well, everything wonderful about animation, by visiting artist Shane Prigmore. He discussed the human body, and motion and emotion, and how shapes affect how we interpret what we see and why. Basically how it is that animation can be tailored to make humans respond, and recognize, and understand the characters and animation they are watching. Ted Ty gave a curiously similar talk last semester when he visited (even using some of the same visual examples) and both have made me feel equally warm-n-fuzzy inside.
It's everything I love about animation, getting to the nitty-gritty details of why it is that animation is magical. Of getting to understand the philosophies and physics and logical concepts that can be combined and weaved into art and animation in order to communicate abstract concepts to other human beings.
It's my nerd-perspective of animation.
So in honor of that, and because I'm still kind of proud of these two pieces, I'd like to link to two writings I did over the last year about animation and art and magic and life.
YoungArts blog post here.
Article for Johns Hopkins' Imagine Magazine there. (Disclaimer: I didn't come up with the title).