Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Graduate School - Sunday Workshop

Illworks studio in Los Angeles was having figure drawing workshops in their offices. Their address was quiet close to USC. I could have biked, but it still summer in Los Angeles. I would have melted in the heat. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ted Morrissey, of Springfield College in Illinois, wrote about THE MAGICAL PORNO THEATER after attending the Route 66 International Film Festival.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Route 66 Film Festival

'THE MAGICAL PORNO THEATER' was included in the Route 66 Film Festival in Springfield, Illinois. The festival runs from September 17th to the 19th.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Graduate School - Birthday

Birthday Cake and Vodka
Javier and I celebrated our birthdays together. I turned 24 while Javier turned 29 a few days earlier. We eat a mini cake and drank lemon vodka.
Cec and Brandool brought my a birthday balloon they found in the parking lot.
Party Pants

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Graduate School - Figure Drawing

The MFA1 curriculum has a figure drawing workshop attached to the Art of Animation class. We meet on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm. The teacher is from Art Center. The stereotypical classical-oriented teacher that is littered all over Art Center. The lectures relay mostly on the technical aspects of drawing, focusing purely on anatomy. There are hints of the occasional historical anecdote.
It's an interesting class, but my work is a stark contrast to the proscribed method of drawing:

Friday, September 10, 2010

Graduate School (Sketchbook)

The MFA class heading off the the USC Traditions bar.
As I've returned to school to complete a second degree, I've taken the opportunity to organize a short list of goals. This way, I can prevent myself from making the same mistakes I made in undergrad, at the same time keeping my scholarly pursuits in check.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

THE MAGICAL PORNO THEATER got into Klik Amsterdam.
This is one of my favorite animation festivals. I'm super excited to have been included in their programming.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Enegatif Magazine

I'm excited to say my photography was included in the the film photo magazine, Enegatif. The mgazine can be seen here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Graduate School - Curriculum

I've started my first semester at USC. The animation department is situated in the B building of the School of Cinema Arts complex. Cubicle spaces are assigned to graduate students on the third floor. They're designed similar to the office style cubicles, divided into three partions: first year, second year, and third year.

The graduate animation curriculum is designed around five core classes: animation technologies, animation history, character animation, animation workshop, and an industry seminar.

Art of Animation: The class is a series of lectures and workshops where we are asked to create short animated sequences within an hour time limit. Our first assignment was to create two flip books and an animated sequence for Zoetrope.

Zeotrope: The Zeotrope was first popularized as type of parlor trick to be used as entertainment in the home. The  images' rapid rotation creates an illusion of motion as the brain cannot perceive the changing images. The persistence of vision is created when the perception of an object overlaps another in the brain. 
The process of creating a homemade zeotropic animation is to create a 12 framed cycle on a circular disk. The disk can be spun on a record player with a permeated Baskin Robins bucket  and a lamp.
Flip Books:

Flash Version

Flash Version