Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Animation History

I was searching for some old college notes when I stumbled on my old Animation history that I thought is worth preserving in cyberspace. Its my first Super8 movie camera with single frame capability that I bought from a camera store in Laguna Hills (I believe it was on Alicia Pkwy), still in its original box with the peripherals that came with it. I may have only used it for a year or so. I'm amazed how well it still looks.

As I opened the film bay to take pictures of it, lo and behold there is a Super8 Kodak film still in it!

I have no idea what is on the film (if anything). It's been over 25 years and I don't remember. I'm not sure if I should take it in and get it developed. I don't know if its still any good, or if any photo stores left that develop Super8's. But, that was how I was geting into being an independant animator.

I also found my pegboard

and animation paper and cells.

I threw away the animation paint when they dried up. I bought the stuff from before there was computers or internet. I'm glad to see them survive to this day. I can't seem to find the grid sheet that had the TV safe borders. Oh well, nothing lasts forever.

It was a time of discovery and dreams. I just can't imagine myself now drawing frame by frame - then shooting the film, frame by frame, have it developed, put it in the movie projector only to find out what timing and spacing that needs to be changed or tweaked.

We've come a long way haven't we?

Monday, May 5, 2008

Class 1

Just got done with Class 1 of Animation Mentor's Maya Springboard. Anthony Travieso (our class mentor) was superb. He was fun to chat with and the session was crammed with information about using Maya and he knows his stuff. The live cam sessions are great - so much better than typing :P The time went by fast and I was able to use the Cintiq as a dual monitor where the session is on one screen and work on Maya on the other. I am liking the Maya software very much. The people in the class are some of the nicest people.

First impressions? This is going to be a great ride.