Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Criticisms coming from the Panel :)

The Panelists were Sir Nelson, Sir Ferds, Sir Hardy, Sir Chino and Sir Noynoy

-Mas maganda kung Happy Ending. Hindi Sad Ending.
>It's better kung sa dream, ok lang na wala siya nakuha na ice cream. Pero sa ending dapat meron.
-Like what Ms. Lorna said, Madaming TOP VIEW.
.Ayusin! Dapat maayos yung angles.
-Suggestion ni Sir Hardy
>dapat may continuity kasi. For example, yung pagsilip ni Nina dun sa window. Something about Perspective.
-Suggestion ni Ms. Lorna
-Bakit daw TOP VIEW mostly? Dapat maayos mag establish ng shot. Kung ano ba dapat yung gusto mo iemphasize. Sabi nga daw ni Brad Bird, importante yung perspective.
-Suggestion ni Sir Nelson
>Dapat texturized yung floor. Using Fine Lines.
(Actually, gagawin ko na nga talaga suggestion ni Sir. )
>Papaturo ako kay Sir Chino. (Eh siya nagsabi eh..he offered me that he will teach me how)
-Dapat kukunin yung Ice Cream sa Freezer. Hindi sa baba.
> Siguro pag kuha niya ng icre cream using a stool.
-Sir Hardy said something about my floor.
> Hindi daw parang pantay.
>Tapos sabi ni Ms. Lorna, ayun nga kaya siguro nasabi yun dahil hindi established ang shot. Tapos naka top view pa.
- Yung main character hindi daw fine yung lines. Unlike nung sa Incidental character na fine yung lines.
-Ok naman daw yung style ko.
-THEY AGREED THAT I WILL USE "ANIMATION FLASH" (ok gagamit na ako ng flash ;) )
-buhok ng character ko, panot daw.
-character construction, iba yung buhok dun sa nakikita sa ibang shots.
> Well, sabi ni Ms. Lorna, ok naman yung character ko talga, except the hair.
-Sabi ni Sir Chino
>Mapuno daw sa Vigan, so dapat yung background ko may trees.
> Wala daw kasi na puno yung background.
-Dapat para malaman na na-shock nga at panaginip yun
>It's better na yung pagkagising. biglang WAAAA.

**Over-all, everything is ok sabi nila :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dug's Special Mission

A Pixar Animated Short (2009).
Just watched it awhile ago. :D So touching :)

Art of Finding Nemo :)

Hard to find a PDF For the "Art of" Pixar book :|
Fortunately, I found this one on the internet :)
Hopefully, the other one I'm downloading currently also will work.
I'm excited to read this one! :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Career Advice From a Pixar Animator

Something I have read awhile ago, and I want to share it to you :)

Career Advice From A Pixar Animator

Carlos Baena joined Pixar in 2002 and has been an animator on a half-dozen Pixar features and shorts, most recently Ratatouille, and he's on the crew of Toy Story 3. Before Pixar, he was an animator at ILM, where, among other things, he worked on several of the computer-animated characters of Stars Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones.

Those of you who are animators or aspiring animators may be asking yourself: How do I get that job? Carlos recently offered his answers to that question, and the question of how to thrive in an animation job once you have it. Excerpts:

  • Be professional at work. Don't be stuck up, and don't have an attitude/ego or no one will wanna work with you again. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
  • Help your peers. They'll help you when you need them.
  • Make your environment fun. Simply have fun with what you do...and try not to look at it as a job. I know it's hard...especially with deadlines. I've been there. But try to find the fun aspects of what we do as it'll make the journey a lot more fun and less stressful.
  • At one point, be ready to call your shot done. We can polish things to death...but some places/productions will need you to move on.

Not bad advice for us non-animators, either.

It's been awhile...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Visual Comedy (hosted by Rowan Atkinson) and Reads

Laughing Matters (Part 1)

According to Carlos Baena:


1) Great comedians don't just talk, but use visual humor as well. Using their body as a tool:

a. There is comedy potential in every body part.
b. Clothes play a big part (too small or too big).
c. Character can look funny.
d. (My addition) The body can interact with other props to create humor (or alone).

2) Funny Things: Three Basic Principles:

a. Objects behave in an unexpected way
b. Objects go to or appear in an unexpected place.
c. Objects shown the wrong size.

- Combining these three principles may not make the business more funny.
- Jokes depend on sudden shocks and strange transformations that under-mind the laws of our existence.

3) Slapstick and Violence (the earliest and perhaps most crude form):

a. The more realistic, the funnier the gag.
b. The more dignified the victim, the funnier the gag.
c. Shock of violence must be separate from the reality of pain.
d. Use of overstatement or understatement create this comedy.

4) Magic & Surrealism (the comedian uses the Illusionist's tricks):

a. Appearing and Disappearing - gags are funnier if the character disappears.
b. Transformation - must absurd as well as astonishing
c. Speeding things up (or slowing down)
d. Comedy rooting in fear
e. Strange images

5) Imitiation & Parody (a step up, but not the highest form of comedy):

a. Exaggeration creates a parody
b. Representing authority creates satire.
c. Using other's story's or material can create comedy, but the effect lessens with the popularity of the others' material.

6) Mime & Body Language (Moving into character and situational comedy):

a. Create an interesting character.
b. Can be simply in the shading of a facial expression.
c. Not about doing funny things but doing normal things in a funny way: with personality.
d. new attitudes make the old joke new.

1. Dim (stupid) - knows less than the audience - has a bewildered innocence.
2. Aggressive - lack of consideration for others.
3. Crude - comedy of social embarrassment or vulgarity.
4. Etc.

e. Only if you identify with an attitude will you laugh.
f. Charlie Chaplin is one of the most skilled at this type of comedy, but doesn't always get the laugh (while he does draw smiles and emotions).

(We have to make our jokes and characters timeless, though some will argue that Chaplin was timeless)

7) Qualities that transcend time: The character of the physical comedian.

a. Like us but different - an alien on the other side of the mirror.
b. Innocence - born yesterday

Battles with normal objects
Constantly makes mistakes
Tenacity - keeps doing things when others would've given up.

c. Socially Inept - either doesn't understand conventions or doesn't know how to follow them.
d. Drunkenness is an alternative to childishness
e. Hard to form normal relationships
f. Constant hostility from all quarters
g. The comedian can't die or get seriously hurt.

8) The opposite of all rules are true: ALL rules can be broken."


Wednesday, August 11, 2010