animation

08/04/2014: Venn Diagram Google Doodle

As seems to be the norm these days, Mike Dutton and his team have delivered the latest Google Doodle, a tribute to John Venn’s 180 birthday, in a way that is clever, interactive and entertaining. According to an article in the Washington Post, Dutton attributes brainstorms with “sound logic and silliness” as the source...

Thought You Had Animation Pegged? Not For Much Longer !

The drawing/image registration process is a fundamental aspect of film animation. If the images that are animated don’t have a shared foundation with each other, the movement that’s created by the animator has no common relationship with the background or the viewer’s point of view—it just doesn’t work. It was John Randolph Bray who...

Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by the Hearst Company concerning Prohibition—and primarily illustrated by the brilliant comic-strip artist and animation...

The Comics of Eliza Frye: A Gateway to the Sequential Arts

A lady is murdered. She was a Parisian prostitute. We meet some people who knew her. A bloody butcher. A flower merchant. A client. A painter for whom she modeled. A few others. We attend her burial. The murderer is revealed, the story ends. With a minimum of dialogue, the dark, tense eroticism of...

Print in Motion Winner: Thumbtacks

Entry Title: Thumbtacks Design Firm: none (self) Client: Self-Promotion for thumbtacks Creative Director: Melissa Stammer Art Director: Melissa Stammer Voice over: Melissa Stammer Animator: Melissa Stammer Designer: Melissa Stammer Writer: Melissa Stammer Compositing: Melissa Stammer Instructor: Michele Wong Project description Hi, my name is Melissa Stammer and when I was in high school I...

Lunch Break Video: an Anti-Globalization Animation

Animations of real life chitchat have a rich – and even an Academy Award winning – history. John and Faith Hubley received Oscars for their cell painted Moonbird, a visualization of their kids’ playful fantasies, back in 1959, and for their 1962 The Hole, a transformation of a Dizzy Gillespie verbal improv riff. And Nick...