Monday, April 24, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
There are times as artists that are up and down... peaks and valleys i suppose. there are times when you really feel like your getting it, things are clicking, your animation flows from your very soul and then there are times when you have to struggle to eek out a half way decent drawing that has SOME conviction behind it.
I have been asked to do some more, refined subtle acting for my reel by one studio, and in the process of doing them i have has peaks and valleys. I think more recently i've been in a valley. I have just been knocked out by how good some people really are out there. I mean, just literally knocked off my chair good. and i'm not just talking about people we all know, i'm talking about guys who don't get much coverage like Rudolph Guenoden (sp?)! his animation of Chel in "The Road to El Dorado" is brilliant. The acting is fresh, draughtsmenship is superb, timing just right-- and what about Rune Bennicke, his animation is Brother Bear (the mother bear and Tug) is the best stuff in the film as far as i'm concerned.
It's not as if i didn't know these guys were good, but i think i'd forgotten that they're REALLY good. Like, i would be embarrased to be shooting my animation next to them good. This, in my estimation is a GOOD thing for any artist to experience from time to time. It keeps you honest, hungry, and most importantly humble. Humility is a major factor in growth-- don't ever believe too deeply in the compliments people might pay you. Everyone knows i"m a Christian and as such I cannot even dare to begin to believe that i gifted myself. God blessed me with a gift to be used to His Glory ultimately. Encouragment is always nice and needed, but what i am saying is it is a healthy thing to get your can kicked around from time to time.
Sorry for the lack of posting as of late, i have been pretty busy and or out of town a lot lately. Enjoy this test, it's almost all finished!
Posted by Matt Williames at 12:59 PM
Monday, April 10, 2006
Hey ya'll! Here's another one for ya to take a gander at. It's probably the one of the bigger shots length wise i got in the film. It was initially suppost o be 7 feet long, but i saw an apportunity for a moment here. Something that i didn't think George was enough of in the film was curious. Isn't that his name, curious george. A lot of the his character didn't feel like curiosity as much as him being "distracted george". I think the fun idea about him is that everything is NEW and exciting. Like a toddler. That's why they're getting into everything-- i didn't feel like that was explored as much as it could have been. not to strip it of all credit, there was definately elements of curiosity to him but it felt rushed a lot to me. but, hey, i don't know everything.
I LOVE this about Miyazaki! He takes so much time on little details that i think a lot of filmmakers are scared the audience will get bored with. I think this shot i have is a perfect example of what i feel is RUSHED acting. as i said it was suppost to originally be 7 feet, i did a 25 foot version with they're OK to experiment. Let's just say when i showed it to them (the universal management) they were less than thrilled-- the producers at least. So a compromise was struck-- 16 feet was all the would give me. So in effect the acting got majorly rushed... also, for those of you who saw the film they edited this shot in post. at the end when george puts his finger to his mouth to think, they removed all of that and just hooked up the two ends and hoped that it would work out. The also cut it into 4 four shots because they didn't want to do the pan as he ran over to the wall. So, this is my way of showing the world what the shot was SUPPOST to look like. but i have to give a ton of credit to Brian Clift who did a bang up job on cleaning up the shot. take a look see-
Posted by Matt Williames at 2:48 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Sorry everybody! the last 2 days i've tried to upload the same clip and everytime it would upload as just a black screen. Uggggh, plus i have a dial-up and it takes FOR EV ER!
So today i thought i'd show a little shot i did for an unnamed project i worked on. This was probably my most favorite shot... it was fun to get in there and really play with the timing, making it slightly stylized. I was doing this animation for refrence so i didn't have to tie it down, this is sorta rough for me though (as far as a finished product is concerned though).
Posted by Matt Williames at 6:10 PM