Friday, October 4, 2019

24 Hours for 2019

That time of year again. 
Time for the 24 hours Animation Contest and challenge on Friday, Oct 4th to Saturday, Oct 5th!

In past years, I have posted all the 24 hours contests that Woodbury University has been involved with. Here are last year's teams and their films.

Enrollment has gone up with the increase of Animation students at Woodbury this year. Several classrooms have been updated, replacing Animation discs and desks with Work stations and Cintiqs. 

Here's a live stream from CSU Long Beach:

This year's theme is: Family 

Family(noun) fam·i·ly |  \ ˈfam-    , ˈfa--\ plural families

F amily    F amilia  -  家庭   F amiglia    ครอบคร ว   Rodina    Ohana    החפש מ    परिवाि   Keluarga 

Pamilya    Famille    F amilie    Família    Οι κο γ έ νε ια    С емь я    Aiga    가족   ةل ئاع

“Holding  on  as  one

Roots  rich  with  stories  of  life

Ancestrally  linked”

-  Denise  Boston,  Ph.D.,  Dean of Diversity &  Inclusion,  California
Institute  of Integral  Studies

It's a family affair, it's a family affair One child grows up to be Somebody that just loves to learn And another child grows up to be Somebody you'd just love to burn Mom loves the both of them
You see it's in the blood

- Lyrics from the song “Family Affair” by Sylvester Stewart AKA Sly Stone

family sample definition 1:
A group of people, usually of the same blood (but do not have to be), who genuinely love, trust, care about, and look out for each other. REAL family is a bondage that cannot be broken by any means.

family sample definition 2:
A bunch of people who hate each other and eat dinner together. by Guinness 1759 September 16, 2005

In some families parents enjoy spending time with their children but in other families the parents may have to work three jobs to pay the bills and don’t have the privilege.

In some families siblings look out for and love one another – even older siblings generally help take care of younger siblings. In other families siblings must learn to fend for themselves and the strongest rise to the surface.

In some familes the children respect their parents born out of love and nurturing.

In other families the children are forced to respect their parents one way or another.

Some parents are in love

Some parents make it work for the children Some parents make it work in separate homes Some parents don’t make it work at all

Some children don’t have any parents at all.

Families can be seen as a bond that holds centuries of lineage in an interweaved web creating generations rich with culture

drastically paired with

families that struggle to hold on for life while they are separated at border walls in certain political climates

As you can see from the samples above the definition of Family casts a wide net from a collection of very personal stories that range from extremely supportive experiences that fosters stimulation and encouragement towards intellectual and artistic growth to the sheer opposite that displays families that promote harmful abusive patterns for generations to come.


What does familymean to you?

Make a 30-second animated film based on your own
definition of “family” .

You have 24 HOURS Go!...

This year, Woodbury has 3 teams competing in the 24 hour animation contest.

The SnickerDoodles
Brieanna Bell, Colby Yabeny, Amanda Wiley, Brandon Chua and Janine Zarmarron

Finished film goes here.


In the back row; Yifan Zhang, Lauren Gregorio,Heather Ramos, Aspen Leavitt and Daniel Cruz


The PaintBucketeers

Guenevere Smith, Mallory Collins, Taylor Pedersen, Nicole Petrovsky and Haley Lambert

Woodbury entered the first 24 hours contest back in 2014 with only 2 teams.

After the 24 Hours were over, 2 projects came out of Woodbury and one of them won first place. It was a real boost to the Seniors who had worked together and were able to make an animated short which tested all their learning over the past four years.

Last year's theme: What if you had 24 hours to live?  
Ryan Tengel and her Woodbury University animation team answered the question with this 1st place winning short.
The team members from this short film are now currently working in animation at Cartoon Network, DreamWorks and other animation studios.

At this time, we still have no idea if Team Snickerdoodles survived or not? We are waiting to hear back from them and post their film as well. If you have seen them wandering the halls or stairways, approach with caution; they have been up for 24 hours and need a hug.

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A Snowden Fine Interview

2D animation is still alive and kicking and after 25 years, the animation duo of Allison Snowden and David Fine created a new animated film, "Animal Behavior", using today's animation technology.
You can see more of their earlier work by click on this link.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Onion Skin in Harmony 17

The latest Harmony 17 has improved their Onion Skin feature with added controls. Click on the Pages below to enlarge them.

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Shift and Trace!

Shift and Trace was one of those very helpful technique which is hard to explain in words. A visual demo helps understand the process easier.

Basically you are trying to keep your artwork on model as you are inbetweening. In traditional 2D animation, this requires that you remove your key drawings from the pegs, shifting the position of your Keys to line up in the same area on the paper. Not only where you lining up your drawings, but you were also lining up the edges of the paper and the peg holes evenly.

Then you would TRACE off the inbetween in this position and when everything was re-pegged onto the peg bar, the Inbetween was in a better position and more On Model than before.

I told you its hard to understand, but recently, Harmony has a new Function called SHIFT and TRACE bringing this hard to understand technique into their 2D software. Below are some pages which will show you how to do it.

Click on the pages below to enlarge image.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

2D or Not 2D?

Here's a question for you, the interested Animation student, Educator or Animation Professional. Do you think 2D animation should be taught as a beginning animation class or not at all?

This is a pretty important question which will decide if all the traditional animation techniques we have learned from Disney's Nine old men and other animation studios, will be handed down to the next generation or forgotten by them.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Nik Ranieri

Nik Ranieri graduated from Sheridan College in Canada and started off his animation career working on a TV series called "The Raccoons".

From there, He finally got his first big break working on a new film at the time called Roger Rabbit. Eventually he got to animate Meeko, the raccoon from Pocahontas.

After Meeko, Nik was given his first villian, Hades from Hercules. Take a listen to this interview and learn about what else Nik worked on during his days at Disney.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Aubry Mintz and the 24 hour contest

Aubry Mintz came up with the idea for the 24 hour animation contest many years ago. Listen to how it all came about and how you can participate in the next one.
Here are several links to past posts about the 24hours from previous years.

The first contest we posted about began in the Fall of 2014. A year later, Fall of 2015 and every year after that Woodbury has participated in the contest.
Fall of 2016
Fall of 2017
Fall of 2018

The 24 Hours Animation Contest will start up again this Fall of 2019. Get some sleep until then.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chenglin Xie

Chenglin Xie is a native of China and recently graduated from USC in Los Angeles.  

Here is a link to his website where you can see some of his animated films he has posted, including his 2017 Student Academy award winning film, "Life Smartphone".

Here is Chenglin's acceptance speech from the 2017 Student Academy Awards, where "Life Smartphone", won first place that year.

I contacted Chenglin a few weeks ago to see if he would like to be interviewed on Animateducated. At the time, he was busy finishing up his final film at USC. Below is a recent, short interview with Chenglin Xie talking about his work on the Animateducated channel on YouTube.

Here are a few other films that you can see on this website. All were produced using TV Paint software.

Father and Daughter 

A daughter's animated journey through her success and failures through gymnastics and the Father who is always there for her.

Tiny Monster

A Tiny Monster is drawn onto a tablet by an artist who attempts to interact with it. The Monster draws weapons to threaten the artist, but then decides to "Make Love and not War". A fun modern use showing live action and animation in one piece.

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