Archive for January, 2008

Shot Flow

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

One of the most common errors I see in student films, and sometimes in professional work, is a lack of attention to the flow of the viewer’s point of focus within a shot and, especially, across cuts. I use the term ‘shot flow’ to describe the way the viewer’s eye flows from point-of-interest to point-of-interest […]

Focus Testing your work

Monday, January 28th, 2008

A student who’s been working on his short film for a long 7 months recently asked how one manages to keep a fresh perspective. Animators frequently reach a stage of creative fatigue and begin to question their judgment. It can happen over months on a short, and it can happen over days on a difficult […]

Faking It

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Paraphrasing some questions from Alonso, one of my former AM students: So what do you do when you’re working on a film that “has shallow storytelling and empty, superficial characters.” Do you make up your own backstory trying to fill in the blanks the director/writer left? How do you get inside your character’s head so […]

Interviews from ‘How to Create Animation’

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Back around 1990, when I first got seriously interested in animation (this is before I began taking classes at the union or even thinking about working in the industry), I sought out books on the subject. There are a ton of animation books around now, but not so many then. The Illusion of Life was […]

“Not enough gets said about the importance of abandoning crap.”

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The above quote is from one of the best storytellers working today, Ira Glass. Virtually all of his career has been in radio, which might be ironic since this is a blog devoted to animation and visual storytelling, but then I like to drive home the point that storytelling is storytelling. Ira Glass (and his […]

Thoughts on making a short film

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

In the comments on the Stranger Than Fiction post, one of my former AM students, DJ, asked some good questions about making a short film: DJ: I think one of the problems I had (with doing a short film in classes 5 and 6 on AM), was that I was worried too much about time […]

Authenticity, and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

I’ll be getting a new batch of Animation Mentor victims students in class 6 in a few days. They’ll have spent the last 12 weeks in class 5, fleshing out a short film idea and blocking it out in animatic form. In my class, their final AM class, they’re supposed to animate the whole thing. […]

Great Dane cycles

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Hey, finally some new animation! This is a fairly vanilla dog gallop: [ Javascript required to view QuickTime movie, please turn it on and refresh this page ]

The animation and animation-related musings of Kevin Koch