Archive for May, 2008

Animation Physics at San Jose State

Friday, May 30th, 2008

One of my AM students pointed out that San Jose State University is going to be offering a class in Physics for Animators. In a bit of serendipity, the professor of that class commented on my last post, of Hancock violating Newton’s Third Law of Motion, and provided a link to the program’s website:

Newton’s Third: It’s the Law

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Being a former physics major has certain drawbacks. Oh, it’s a tremendous advantage in understanding how and why things move the way the do when I’m animating. But it makes it hard to enjoy some animation, when the most basic principles of physics are grotesquely violated. For example, why does this look so wrong? [ […]

Remembering June Nam

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Yesterday we memorialized those who died during war, and today I want to memorialize one of the many unsung animation artists who make up our industry. I got the sad news a couple of months ago that June Nam (born Myung Nam Park) died on Feb. 24. It’s taken me a while to gather together […]

The 12th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Mentorship

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Last night the Academy (you know, the Oscar folks) staged the 12th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation at the beautiful Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The subject was Drawing on the Future: Mentorship in Animation (a subject near and dear to my heart). My friend Charles Solomon hosted four panelists: Andreas Deja, Pete Docter, […]

Context and Specificity at the Flea Market — Sell your Animation

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I went to the Pasadena City College Flea Market this morning and got a reminder of the power of providing interesting context and specificity to our animation. I’ve been thinking about those topics as my AM class 4 students begin blocking their two-character dialog tests.  I try to push them to go as deeply as […]

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