Friday, October 06, 2006

Update...Flushed Away tease

So the sound is in sync now on Daily below to watch.

Guess who's got some new animation on YouTube? Me! Check it out. I animated the 5 slugs in the background in the second to last shot. They're popping! The front two slugs were animated by Bill Tessier. I spent a lot of time making sure they hit their poses on the correct beats. To get it just right, I sometimes have them hit their poses 2 frames before each beat. It's just a matter of feeling it out as you play the animation back...sometimes hitting on the beat works, sometimes not.


Popping (a.k.a. hitting) is a funk dance and street dance style based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with other mime-style movements.[1]

Popping is also used as an umbrella term for a group of illusionary dance styles and techniques that are often combined with popping to create a more varied performance. The effect of popping as entertainment hinges on an almost-surrealistic contrast between the human dancer and the unnatural moves performed. Like other street dances popping is often performed in battles and thus involves competitive tricks such as mocking the opponent.

It's generally believed that the dance evolved in California in the 1970s and was originally inspired by locking.[2] It was later incorporated into both the hip hop- and electronica dance scenes.

My inspiration you ask? Well, who else? Michael J!! Watch him Pop and you'll understand why he's such a phenomenal dancer.

Sometimes I get inspiration from tiny people.


Matt Williames said...

Jeremy man, thanks so much for posting this Michael Jackson footage. HOLY MOLY man, ANY animator should be inspired by that stuff. I've always been inspired by dance, but some of that stuffjust blew my mind. thanks man!

Scott Wright said...

Awesome work on the slugs...I love slugs...specially when you put salt on them...

Young Vo said...

Thanks for sharing, very inspiring. I love the drawings of steve. He has a really good one of you on his blog.

monday-morgue said...

those slugs FLUSHED AWAY about slugs or something ?!?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yeah, well, sometimes Michael Jackson gets inspiration from tiny people. Fortunately, they're all younger and faster, and they can run away from him. It's fun for the kids; kinda like being in a zombie picture.