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 […]
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!
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 ( […]
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 […]
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.
For the past three decades I’ve created “Mechanical Confections”, one of a kind automata and kinetic sculpture incorporating found objects, metal and electro-mechanical components. My work has been featured in The Sunday New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, LA. Style and The Boston Globe and exhibited Internationally.