For my next field of study, I have chosen stop-motion animation!
For Christmas my brother-in-law, Ryan, gave me a book on the subject and I’ve been studying it in my spare time. Right now, I’m reading up on how to build puppets from wire armatures, and Ryan said he has an armature I can borrow for my experiments.
I’m still learning how to use my software and how to execute different techniques, but I couldn’t resist getting right into things, so I did an animation experiment yesterday. I have barely studied anything in animation so far and I really don’t know quite what I’m doing, however I found I could not be satisfied with just reading about it. So I tried a basic photo animation with my deck of Gypsy Tarot Cards. I think you can tell I’ve been watching a lot of Jan Svankmajer.
In my studies I plan on researching these artists/animators:
Jan Svankmajer, Jiri Barta, Terry Gilliam, George Pal, Ray Harryhausen and The Brothers Quay. These guys are my favorites so far. I’m sure once I delve into this art form I’ll find many other animation heroes.
I have put many books and dvds on hold at the library and am very excited to start the newest chapter of my self taught school, The Ray Bradbury School of Creative Arts Studies in Stop-Motion Animation.
If you have any information you’d like to share for the sake of my Stop-Motion Animation education, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or message. I’ll keep posting my progress as I continue to grow as an animator.