22 Mar 2010

A Whole Group of Bouncing Balls

Friday we had our second animation workshop, this time focusing on spacing and timing in the animation. With out good timing and spacing you find yourself creating only movement.

Also it is crucial to pay attention to forces such as gravity or frictional forces.
Subsequently, to put it in practise we were asked to animate three different balls ; rubber, bowling and ping-pong balls.
Meg Bisineer strongly recommended first plan the the animation including considerations about the difference of materials and how it can be conveyed in timing and spacing .
This is .. my quit scary looking plans of animation, but they were helpfull. I spent half of the time planing the movement and the other half just redrawing and correcting. Still.. I wouldn;t guess the tipes of ball bouncing..


  1. Online Interim Review 23/03/10

    Hi Jolanta,

    What is very encouraging about your progress is the speed with which you established your story idea; this ability to 'find' stories and identify the cleanest way of telling them is so important in terms of project management. I like the confinement of your story - in the cupboard - and the raincoat/umbrella relationship is lovely. I wonder, however, if you might need to refine the shapes of both a little further - time for the silhouette test - so that the raincoat 'read' instantly as feminine and the umbrella as more masculine; I think your umbrella needs to be, in a way, just a little less expressive in terms of drawn style - more conservative - so that when it reveals its plumage, it comes as more of a surprise.



    A bit more 'buttoned-up' and formal?

    On a more general note, I'd like you to tweak your blog template a bit - there's some overlapping that happens with the text (with the date on the right) - and the text can seem a bit 'all over the place' - just tighten it up a little in terms of layout.

    Please see following post for some general advice re. the written assignment.

  2. Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

    ‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


    ‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

    Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

    ‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

    In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

    * If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

    When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

    When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

    You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

    Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

    Please double-space your written assignments!

    You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!

  3. Hi Phil,
    Thanks and I sure make some changes in designs and thanks for usefull tips for the essay :)