Pen Point Percsussion

Here’s one of my favorite techniques for  generating sound and picture in animation; drawing on the optical track of a film. This is a technique pioneered by National Film Board artist Norman McLaren in the 50s. Using various brushes and black ink, McLaren would paint on the film soundtrack. Run through a projector, the track-heads […]

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Kids Animation Workshop

This lovely video, part of the Punto Y Raya ( dot and line ) festival archive shows kids at work creating an abstract animated piece. Long benches, paints and a continuous roll of paper with kids taking different sections. Everything comes together in a cascade of color and sound, fabulous!

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Secret Bee – Secret Life of Bees

So I finally did it, after weeks and weeks of working the trailer footage for “The Secret Life of Bees’ I have an intimate relationship with each frame and image. I finally sat down and watched the trailer. See if you can spot some of the images we’re using in Secret Bee. I’m coming close […]

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Visual Mush

Yesterday, I hunkered down in my shady studio and began work on the front section of Secret Bee. The sound piece starts off with a bang and then repeats and builds slowly. Rather than being  mindful of the sound  structure ( three simple beats )  I got way way off track and over-animated like crazy, […]

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Fireworks

Here’s some online fireworks; courtesy this weeks animated section of Secret Bee! Enjoy and have a great holiday. [local /wp-content/uploads/2010/07/July01.mov nolink]

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Karen Coill in Ptown

Provincetown has a long history as an artist colony and I’ve been fortunate to meet and show work with many talented artists including the fabulous Karen Coill. Karen is my favorite kind of artist, prolific with a great sense of humor and an ability to nail down one exquisite composition after another.

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Color & Animating Frames

Today we’re wrapping up the production overview for Secret Bee.

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Inking & Drawing

We’re starting off the summer with the second part on the animation process; Inking and Drawing Secret Bee. My hopes are that you’ll be able to use some of these techniques in your own film. While the hot sun blazes outside, I’m keeping nice and cool in a dark corner with my light box ( […]

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Eleven Seconds

I just wrapped up a nice eleven second section of Secret Bee. Part of the thrill of making this, I never know exactly how things are going to move until the moment I render the entire strip in After Effects.

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Making Secret Bee

It’s Film Festival time here in Provincetown and I’m celebrating by working on Secret Bee, which, by the way is the official title for my new film (unless I change my mind by the time I’m done). I’ve received lots of questions about the direct animation process so here’s Part One; Prepping the Film I […]

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Punto y Raya Festival

Last night I chanced upon the super interesting ” Punto y Raya Festival” in Barcelona Spain. I’ve always been a fan of artists working with musical structures to create visual imagery; Len Lye, Oskar Fischinger, Steven Woloshen, Mary Ellen Bute, and Norman Mclaren to name a few.

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