Quite often an audience member asks me:
- What software animates for you?
To which I respond by raising my both hands and pushing them into the person’s face.
- You don’t mean you animate by hand? – they keep asking, incredulous. – Drawing by drawing? It can’t be done!
For some strange reason people assume that a software can make a character dance, drink tea and talk. Even if you have an amazing software like Maya, you still need human hands and brain attached to it to blow life into a character.
My bet (and I lost only 50 per cent of my bets since age 5) is on Big Comeback of hand drawn animation. Won’t audiences soon get tired of Pixar sleek animation? After looking at Photoshopped beauty on magazine covers one is relieved to climb into bed with someone real, touching their wrinkled and cellulite skin. Watching perfection makes us think we can’t do it ourselves, while something imperfect inspires us. This is why stop motion is having a huge wave of popularity right now – it is imperfect and it is inspiring.
“Rocks In My Pockets” is a mixed media project that combines stop motion and drawn animation with the help of digital technology. In this Production Report episode 7 you’ll see how we accent the handmade look while using digital tools.
The next and the last Production Episode will be on Compositing (After Effects!) and Editing. Stay tuned.