Here is the collaborative film that we made last month at a live Floating Shape Workshop event. We set up at the annual Good People Festival in Covington, and any children or families who stopped by our area were welcome to contribute to the film. Using three simple small drawings, everyone created a cycle of their own eye blinking. We then filmed them sequentially in the span of about four hours. I later added the little intro. Ilove how this one came out. Thanks again to the GPF and the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center for hosting us. Also thank you to my wife Jaclyn for hand-stitching the beautiful new FSW felt banner (picture below).
Thank you to the seven young animators who spent 15 hours writing, storyboarding, and animating at last week's week-long summer animation workshop. This was definitely one of the greatest Floating Shape Workshop events to date. With the help of my pal Tara Heilman, a few animators even sewed their names (for their film's ending credits) into animation paper. Three small groups each created a unique collaborative film (which will shortly be uploaded to FSW's YT channel).
A few of my favorite shots ...
Had a blast briefly stopping by the Echo Park Film Center microcinema space when we I was in Los Angeles last week. Had a short, friendly conversation about our own local Mini Microcinema (and Floating Shape Workshop) in Cincinnati. They kindly invited me to screen some animation at their annual "Open Screen" event which I would have loved but unfortunately it was the evening before we flew back.
I also documented the west coast trip w/ that 35mm Minolta and just sent the film away to get developed ... going to be making a little short film when I get the prints back. Thanks again to my friend Jennifer Fischer for the tip about the EPFC.
I recently completed this little animated spot for the Wump Mucket Puppets and their upcoming touring program "Space is the Place" (yes, that title is a nod to jazz legend Sun Ra ... can you spot the little Ra-related easter egg?) The WMP troupe obviously takes a lot of influence from Sesame Street, and it delights me that people have said this animation gives them that vibe. The telescope scene was done via cutouts. Also in the spirit of Sesame Street, the Wump Muckets also had their performance broadcast on PBS a few years ago. There are currently 27(!) shows booked for the new "Space is the Place" program.
Absolutely thrilled to have animated this little promo to promote the 15th anniversary of Dungen's seminal record "Ta Det Lugnt". It is a little incomprehensible that 2004 was a decade and a half ago ... such is aging, I suppose. This is a record that has meant a lot to me and is definitely an all time favorite. I could spend several paragraphs on that but will focus on the animation. It was a blast getting to paint the beautiful, psychedelic LP cover for this. They are performing the album in its entirety with a series of Swedish and Scandinavian shows this summer in June and July (see end of video or link above for dates).
I drew this for this Sunday's Zagreb animation screening at the Mini Microcinema. It will showcase both modern and classic shorts featured at the famed Animafest Zagreb festival, with a loose warm weather theme given that it is spring break time. Don't miss it!
Had the most terrific turnout at last weekend's Floating Shape animation workshop at the Taft Museum of Art. I'm grateful to the Taft for having me and allowing me access to their great facilities (including the large widescreen w/ HDMI, perfect for doing live animation exercises). We did a collaborative, cutout animation project (with each child creating detailed backgrounds based on pieces inspired by the museum's collection). We also looked at examples of zoetropes and other non-film animation. It was a blast and I look forward to doing another there in the future. Below are some pictures of the workshop as well as the video of the animation we made.
I am hosting a Floating Shape animation workshop at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, February 2nd! This workshops runs for 3 hours (1-4 PM) and is designed for ages 6-14 in mind. Using the museum's historic collection as inspiration, we will be doing a collaborative cutout animation project. Here is the link if you are interested in registering ... registration cost is $10.