11sec August 09 – Polish 01

Polishing…

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11sec August 09 – Blocking Plus

Blocking plus version – lots of breakdowns, lots more flavour, better cop badge. Now with added suits! Cut from 02 to 03 still problematic – I’m crossing the line something fierce, but I don’t have a better solution right now.

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11sec August 09 – Blocking 2

Second blocking pass. Our friend is getting a little crazier…

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11sec August 09 – Blocking 1

Well, it’s been a while. This month’s audio seemed to lend itself to some “Reservoir Dogs” style razor action, so here’s the rough outlines. No animation on our soon to be hard of hearing friend as of yet, but that’s on the to do list. Shot 1 may need some rethinking in terms of action….

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11sec May 09 – Blocking 2

Blocking plus version. I don’t think i’m going to finish this in time for this month’s competition, alas. Note to self, start earlier and don’t take up paid work. Ergh.

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11sec May 09 – Blocking 1

So, this is leaving it late…

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Pointing is not a substitute for acting

Having just voted on more than 100 animations for the March 09 11 Second Club, I’ve noticed an epidemic of  “pointing acting” shots. You know the type… every – single – beat – of – the – dialog is punctuated by the character pointing at someone or something.

There’s probably nothing wrong with this type of shot in isolation, but when you’ve seen 80 of the damn things in a row, then it becomes evident that it’s problematic.

The litmus test is this: if it’s the *only* thing going on in your shot, then you’re probably not digging deeply enough into your shot.

Pointing is probably more effective as punctuation – you! cant! punctuate! every! word!@!!@!@ – you end up with a complete lack of contrast, where everything is at the same level.

Which is not to say that you *can’t* have a well placed point or two in your shot. People point in the real world. It can punctuate a line very effectively. You simply need a good reason to do it. Have a look at the Christian Bale Animation Contest that the Spline Doctors recently ran (saucy language alert), for some pointing that feels like it belongs.

Having said all that, I don’t believe that people should be pilloried for ending up with a “pointing acting” shot – it usually means that they’re not as experienced and may be having a hard enough time with the mechanics without worrying about whether they’re falling into cliche. We’ve all been there at some point. So treat them gently (forum flamers and those without tact – this means you), and encourage them to dig deeper next time.

11 Sec – March 09 – Final

Well, calling it a final anyways… Still not 100% sure about a hand gesture, but considering that was a last minute change and I still managed to get the bugger in on time, it’s still a pretty good effort. I keep learning every time i do one of these, and am able to get deeper and deeper into polish and whatnot.

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11 sec club – March – Blocking Plus

Blocking plus!!!

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11sec club – March 09 – Blocking 1

Aaaaaaannnnnd here we go again. In a desperate effort to get away from doing mid/wide two shots, i’ve decided to stick the camera up Bishop’s nose a little more. It’s a tough audio clip – it’s so bloody wordy, and reasonably single gear.

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