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2D Wednesday- “The Casebook of Nips & Porkington” (2015) by Melody Wang

Today’s 2D Wednesday is a delightful little piece by 4th year Sheridan animation student Melody Wang done primarily in Toonboom Harmony and Photoshop about two anthropomorphic cops chasing a stolen egg though a very clever bit of newspaper landscape.

I ask you… WHEN WILL SOMEONE MAKE A 2D  FEATURE AGAIN!?!?!?

Film by Melody Wang

Score by Xintong Wang

Voice Talents
Elaine Wise as Constable Nips
Elliot Cowan as Porkington, the rat, and Mr. Goose
Kirsten Lloyd as Mrs. Goose

Mentors
Nancy Beiman
Bruno Degazio

Minions
Danial Darabi
Rui Hao
Jack Hincenbergs
Marissa Iavazzi
Ruby Xia
Xin Wu

Daniele Afferni

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Daniele Afferni, illustrator, concept artist and co-founder of StudioASC, a creative team specialized in pre-visualization and illustration for advertising, film and TV commercial located in Milan, Italy.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Drawing and painting are the only things I’ve done in my whole life!  After attending an Art High School and a qualifying course in comics drawing, I directly moved to my first job as an inside-man illustrator in a big advertising agency (Armando Testa).  (I don’t think it’s crazy …all the nights we were forced to spend into the agency to deliver our works on time …those were crazy!) Then I became a freelance illustrator and later I founded the creative team ASC, in association with two friends of mine, the illustrators/designers/animators Anna Citelli and Luca Mari.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I had the thrilling opportunity to collaborate with several interesting professional artists, like the Italian movie director Gabriele Salvatores in “Nirvana”, or the English movie director Nicolas Roeg. In Europe it is a common habit for the movie directors to do also commercial spots to enlarge their experience;  just to give you an example, I recall with great pleasure having worked with Wim Wenders for the Ariston-Hotpoint tv commercial: really particular to see a director of a very high artistic level to “soil his hands” with a washing-machine!

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I didn’t start as an animator. Basically I’m a Visualizer and a Concept Artist.  I finished my studies with the aim of drawing comics, but Continue…

Brad Graeber

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Brad Graeber, Chief Executive Officer, Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as an editorial cartoonist at 3 small Texas newspapers. It was good preparation for working in animation, having to contend with unmovable deadlines and getting something out everyday.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Personally I really enjoyed working on the Clerks IP with Kevin Smith, and we have had a blast working on Mickey Mouse and Oswald on the cinemas for the Epic Mickey game.

How did you become interested in animation?
Even in 3rd grade, when we had prototypal “what do you want to be when you grow up” project I knew that I wanted to be in animation. I really got hooked Continue…

Jane Davies

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Jane Davies – Animator, Director.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Cleaning public toilets in the height of summer, it was truly grim.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Animation Director on the ‘A Productions’ animated episodes of Frankenstein’s Cat (CBBC series).  Most recently I directed the song section of ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’ a film about Graham Chapman. Different animation companies made sections of that film and I was involved in the ‘A for Animation’ section. That was quite an honor. I put a lot into it and I am very proud of it. There were only 5 of us that did the majority of the work (some additional help from some animators on bits of it) and it was in Stereoscope too. I’m so pleased with the end result.  I also was very proud to be trusted with the characters of Jamie Smart on a micro short we did for fun of Looshkin. I’m doing another one but it’s taking much longer as it’s a little more complicated and I do them in my spare time (1 or 2hrs a day).

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Stevenage which is north of London. I did some animation in Foundation Art which was a defining moment for me, I had previous done a 2 yr preparatory art course exploring all areas of art trying to find what I wanted to do. When I did my first scene after reading about how to do it in the library, then showed my tutor I knew then and their that animation was what I wanted to do so I took the leap and studied animation at Glamorgan Centre of Art & Design University in Wales; which was the Continue…

Redrawing Taylor Swift – Shake it Off Rotoscoped

49 University of Newcastle Australia animation students were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off music video, and together they produced 2767 frames of lovingly hand-drawn rotoscoped animation footage. http://bit.ly/1PzUznI Thank you to all the students of DESN2801: Animation 1 for your enthusiasm, good humour and terrific roto skills!

Compare our rotoscope to Taylor Swift’s original music video here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/taylor-swif…

DESN2801: Animation 1 is a first year subject in the Bachelor of Visual Communications degree at the University of Newcastle Australia.http://bit.ly/1PzUznI

Rotoscopers:
Jack Atkinson
Catherine Barham
Joel Bateman
India Beletich
Shannon Bellamy
Simon Besseny
Oliver Blunck
Todd Bourke
Silje Buxton Soldal
Ryan Cheeseman
Joyous Colley
James Corrigan
Tallulah Cunningham
Garrettsen Eckerson
Amy Ey
Jessica Farrugia
Sean Fitzpatrick
Callum Foot
Cristyn Franks
Christopher Garth
Katarina Gerritsen
Eloise Gordon
Thomas Hadland
O’Jhan Hakaraia
Gillian Hewitt
James Hodgett
Lachlan Keevill
Jessica Komene
Zoe Lawrence
Katie MacLean
Jenna Malinowski
Zoe Mallett
Sarah McDonald
Sam McIntosh
Renee McIntosh
Liam Montgomery
Luke O’Donnell
Belinda O’Hara
Iliana Oakes
Jace Prasil
Craig Reed
Candela Riveros
Daniel Smith
Kent Spencer
Hannah Stroud-Watts
Anna Thomas
Erin Thompson
Sebastian Turner
Andrew White
Lecturer: Jane Shadbolt