Friday, March 16, 2012

My Nerd Side

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).

Friday, March 9, 2012

What are you up to, Isabela?!

It's a film-making time of year 'round these parts. For this semester I'm tackling a dance and animation piece about...well, an identity crisis. That's the simplest way to explain it. Last weekend was the live action shoot, and it has made me only a little bit less uncomfortable about using big-people lights and spaces. But! I am happy with the results and am eternally grateful to my dancer, Yanina, and to my fellow classmates who helped out. 

Here's a still from the animation-less live action dance footage:


Such dramatic lighting! I am currently destroying packets of computer paper for the animation portion.

And for my YoungArts Infatuation Moment of the Day (YAIMD), here is a YoungArts/Simon&Goodman-created HBO Masterclass episode for your brain and heart: