Archive for the 'Animation' Category

A day in the life of Silent film animators

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Sorry if you were expecting something about Windsor McKay or Otto Messmer, but here’s a peek of life at Moonbot Studios while we were making the short film Silent for Dolby. Our stalwart documentarian, Patrick Long, filmed some behind-the-scenes footage, and one of our TDs, Akin Bilgic, set up his time-lapse camera. The time lapse […]

‘The Scarecrow’ for Chipotle

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Wow, it’s almost been a year since my last post. Time flies when you’re busy, and I’ve been busy! The first two of the eight or nine projects (not kidding!) I’ve worked on at Moonbot in the last 12 months are finally public. And here’s the entire short film, The Scarecrow: And my favorite part, […]

Who says great animation can’t save a mediocre story? Exhibit A: Hotel T

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Regular readers of this too-sporatic blog know I believe that great animation CAN save a weak story. The mantra that “Story, story, and story” are the three most important elements in an animated film is still heard throughout the land, but it’s still wrong.  Further evidence of how wrong, or at least how incomplete, can […]

Hotel T done!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Animation has pretty much wrapped on Hotel Transylvania, and I’m finally free to deal with months of sleep deprivation and give this site some attention. The caffeine-withdrawl headaches couldn’t keep me from finally (I think) purging the horrible pharma-hack that’s plagued my site for months. As you can see from my last post, so many […]

Annie Award Nominations

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Like a palate cleanser after the feature animation diss* I wrote about in the last post, ASIFA-Hollywood comes along with the nominees for this year’s Annie Awards. Who needs the NYFCC! We have ASIFA, and we’ll have our own damned party! The Annies are always a fun ceremony, and a good time to catch up […]

NYFCC Best Animated Feature award

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Oh, the humanity! Cartoon Brew has highlighted the New York Film Critics Circle choosing not give a Best Animated Feature award this year. This kind of thing offends some people in our industry, and others seem to take this as a judgement of the lack of quality in this years animated features. I find myself […]

Hop

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Two features that I animated on open this month, which is exciting.  First up is Hop, which I recommend, despite the lousy reviews.  I think many reviewers misunderstand why movies appeal to audiences.  Good or bad reviews often have little correlation with how much people enjoy their movie-going experience.  Not that Hop is The Godfather.  […]

Invisible Ink

Friday, February 11th, 2011

A while ago I wrote about how I think being an animator has more similarities to being a writer than it does to being an actor. Not that we cannot or should not learn from actors and acting technique, but I think we share quite a bit in our process with the work that writers […]

Milt Kahl magic

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Sorry for the long delay between posts.  Working seven days a week will do that.  Here’s a quick bit of animation inspiration courtesy of Michael Sporn and John Canemaker: some fantastic animation of Peter Pan by the great Milt Kahl. Go here to see all the key drawings from the scene, and the actual animation […]

Yin and Yang in animated features: Tangled and The Illusionist

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

I saw both Tangled and The Illusionist within a couple of days of each other through the CTN Expo, and came away impressed by both, but for very different reasons.  In a way, these two films represent the Yin and the Yang of feature animation.   The difference in animation technique is the least of the […]

The animation and animation-related musings of Kevin Koch