Another short blog post about animation related stuff I’ve found recently.
When I was making a music video MAD I realised how many videos I found had great animators working on them. The best animator I learned about was Ryan Woodward. Woodward is an artist and animator who did storyboards for movies like The Avengers, Spider Man 2 and Where the Wild Things Are. He’s also done title sequences and a lot of very smooth animation in a lot of movies. He’s an animator whose work is so smooth you’d assume it’s CGI. It’s very clean and nice to watch. Thought of You, a music video for “The World Spins Madly On” he animated, is his best known animation. Here’s a short documentary about the making of Thought of You and a reel of his effects animation:
I found both of these through his website.
I found Thought of You and a lot of the music videos I used in my MAD (a MAD that isn’t online anymore) on this blog. It’s basically a huge catalogue of of music videos with animation of any kind in them.
I also found out about On Your Mark through that website. On Your Mark is a music video animated by Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I was surprised I hadn’t’ heard of it before. It was a short that played before Whisper of the Heart in theaters. The band who wrote the song are big fans of Ghibli. Miyazaki was in a creative slump and asked them if he could animate one of their songs.
The video has a compelling story. Two guys who work for what looks like the military raid a building and find a girl with wings. Their troop capture her but the two guys decide to help her escape. It feels like something that Miyazaki could have made into a full length film if he wanted to. The animation is really good. I don’t think Shinya Ohira did any cuts but I feel like Shinji Otsuka or Atsuko Tanaka, other Ghibli regulars, did some shots in the climax. The best place to watch the film is on kissanime– it’s the only place I could find it in HD. One of my favourite cuts from On Your Mark:
Hideki Inaba is a Japanese cel animator who duplicates and layers his cels. Slowly Rising, a video of his I used in my MAD is his most popular video. His animation is simple but very effective. Here’s another great video he made:
I also found a documentary about the making of Kill la Kill. Kill la Kill is an anime directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, an animator best known for directing Gurren Lagann. It’s very risque but also heartfelt. Because of the big names attached to the project a film crew documented a lot of the production of the first half of the series- the documentary’s almost 2 hours long.
(Some parts were taken down for copyright)
I also made a MAD of my favourite cuts of animation from Kill la Kill:
It’s blocked in the US because of the song but you can also watch it here.
On an unrelated note I love Unedited Footage of a Bear.
I’ve recommended it to a lot of people. It stuck with me because of its premise, which I won’t explain if you haven’t seen it. The guy who directed it, Alan Resnick, makes videos that really interest me. An interesting thing about two of the most popular videos he’s made, Unedited Footage of a Bear and This House Has People in It, is that they have ARG-like websites associated with them that give the videos back story. I didn’t really like This House Has People in It until I looked through the website it came with. It’s best to watch the videos first, then look at the websites and discussion boards posted below.
To finish up here are some sketches from Andreas Deja, who animated Scar and Lilo, and some more clips I like.
From Uchuu Kaizoku Mito no Daibouken Episode 10. Key animation by Yoh Yoshinari.
From Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. Key animation by Yoh Yoshinari.
From The Super Dimension Century Orguss 02 Episode 6. Key animation by Yosh Yoshinari.