Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Hannuka!

It's an oldie but it still works... made two years ago at Crew 972.
Modeled by Rafi Ben-Aharon, rigged and shaded by Eran Lazar, animated by Talia Shapir, Keren Horesh and Eran Lazar.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

11 sec club thumbs

I've been hankering for some 2D animation. I'm going to try my rusty hand at it this month at the 11 second club.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

JP and I went to Italy in May to give a four day character design and animation seminar. We were invited by Luca Chiarotti, manager of the Nemo digital art Academy in Florence.
Here we are with Giuliano Cenci (director of the Italian Animated Pinocchio) and the the president of Florence (far left). More on this event on Luca's blog.
JP and I ate and spoke way too much and came home with aching jaws and tummies. Highly recommended!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Kung-Fu Panda rocks

I watched DreamWorks Animations' Kung-Fu Panda last weekend. What an awesome animated film. I congratulate directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson on their inspired craftsmanship and imagination. I loved the opening sequence (Po's dream) so much I was concerned it would be too hard to top; the traditional animation (Did I hear James Baxter?) was sensitively blended with "invisible" CGI, in a way that shows 3D animation has finally grown up, and no longer exists just to draw attention to itself as a technological edge. The beginning felt a bit like Samurai Jack, but it very quickly took on feature qualities with rich palettes and very complex character animation.
Everyone seems to be very excited over Jack Black's voice acting in Panda, but my favorite voice performance was actually Dustin Hoffman as Shifu. His character is facing massive faith and interpersonal dilemmas, and the last thing it needed was over the top cartoon voice. Excellent choice!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My tablet is dying...

Just thought I'd share this with you all: My Toshiba Portege tablet is on it's way out. It doesn't play sound any more, and it turns off abruptly (dead black screen) when I pick it up.
I don't know if I can revive it - I'll have it checked when I get back to Israel, but from what I've learned it sometimes costs less to replace a laptop than to fix it.
My tablet has served me for two years. I use it to storyboard, design and comment on animation. I will always remember my Toshiba Portege M 400 (I think) as a trusty friend.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tel-Aviv Sketch Crawl

Big thanks to Jean-Philippe Vine for organizing the first ever Israeli Sketch Crawl. Check out the work and photos on Enrico Casarosa's page. In attendance were Jean-Philippe Vine, Doron Meir and myself, from Crew 972, Rafi Ben-Aharon and Cecille from Animation Lab and Mysh from Pil Animaiton.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

Economy in storytelling

This image from Yael Bar-Tur is a great example of economy in visual storytelling.
There is a clear dialog between two people, where the soldier is talking and the reporter is listening and writing. We only see their hands, but it's very easy to imagine the expressions on their faces. It's satisfying when a tightly framed faceless composition captures the mood of a nation.

Photo by Yael Bar-Tur
Title: Norwegian reporter interviewing soldiers