Saturday, January 29, 2011

A blast from the past

The Indescribable Nth from Steve Moore on Vimeo.



A long time ago when I was 14 and lived in Chicago I worked at an animation studio called Character Builders. Mostly just doing bit's and ends type work for films like Space Jam, Anastasia, Quest for Camelot. Sometimes I swept the floors, made coffee, and punched paper. Other times I animated my own tests, and on some occasions I would get a chance to do some actual production work. One of my very first production work experiences was on the short film called "The Indescribable Nth". I was given some rough inbetweens to do on some very short shots. I will never forget that time, I worked in the basement of an old house in downtown Wheaton IL. It was winter and FA- REEZING in that basement, but I didn't care, I was working with honest to goodness REAL animators. I am positive I was more of a nusance than a help to those guys but I am still very thankful to them to this day. Not many people would let a punk 14 year old kid screw up their shots for them :) So check out the link to the film above, it was a fun bit of nostalgia for me.

28 comments:

Jamie said...

This is so charming. Love the simplicity. You're very fortunate to have had such an early foundation in animation. Thanks so much for sharing.

Freckles said...

I love finding old artwork. Its nice to see how far we can come as artists. Great work!

TheLittleBlackCat said...

Very cool!
I love "The Nth", and it was the first 'real' thing I got to rough animate on, at the Columbus, OH office.
Great crew, great times. The Chicago guys were awesome, too.

messytimbo said...

cool, i really love'd it. do you remember which scenes you worked on?

Matt Williames said...

Jamie: I'm glad you liked it! And you are right, I was more than fortunate to have such an early start. I certainly didn't merit it, but I am thankful!

Freckles: Ain't that the truth!

BlackCat: Oh very cool! I never got to visit the Columbus studio, but I heard it was really neat!

Timbo: I know I ruff inbetween the shot of Erik holding up the snow globe @ 3:32 (with a cactus in it).
I remember shooting the pencil test for the animator that did the shot of Erik skipping down the sidewalk tossing his snow globe around.
I am not sure if I am remembering this correctly but I think I also ruff inbetweened on the shot of Doris laying on her back shaking and looking at the the snow globe @ 3:56

I think that's all I did, not much really but it was a good start for me.

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