Mar 29, 2011

It's a good book

Last year I got myself a copy of The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation by Ken A. Priebe. If you're serious about doing your own stop-motion work, I would suggest a copy of this book. It has a lot of great info on the basic principles of animation, building puppets, character animation and visual effect compositing techniques. Not to mention some extensive interviews from stop-motion artists from the industry. It's about $30 for the paperback on amazon, but if you're into stop-motion animation and want to learn about the techniques as much as you can, I say go for it. It's a worthwhile investment.

Yakini: Soundtrack

Rukmani Devi has such a gorgeous voice and this song fits perfectly with the mood I'm trying to convey with my story.

Yakini: Inspiration, style and color schemes

Inspiration: Ceremonial thovil dancing (devil dancing) and puppetry of Sri Lanka

Style: Stopmotion works by Ladislav Starewich, the brothers Quay, Jiri Trnka, Barry JC Purves, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Lou Bunin, Rankin & Bass, Kinex Studios, Screen Novelties, Adam Elliot, Tim Burton and Henry Selick

Possible Color Schemes

Story for final project

is a story about a young yakadura (exorcist) who falls in love with a yakini (female devil).

The story/scene takes place in the maduwa (sacrificial shed) where the yakadura gets ready to exorcise a demon who has possessed a young girl's body hence making her deathly ill. The yakadura manages to exorcise the demon out of the girls body with his chanting and dancing but when the yakadura sees the yakhini (female devil), he falls in love with her, because to him she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The timid and shy yakini becomes very afraid of the yakadura because of how horrific he looks with his masked face, but once she sees that the yakadura means no harm, she takes his hand dances along with him.

Mar 28, 2011

Of things to come

I'm starting off the final project for my experimental animation class along with this blog, so here we go! The main requirement of the final project is to do animate a complete story with a beginning, middle and an end, with fully edited audio, post editing and a minimum of 500 frames. I'll post most of my stop-motion pre-production, production and post-production work along the way.


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