14 February 2016

On the road to happiness



Hey Guys, 

So I haven't been really focusing on this blog since 2009. But at the moment I need a change in what I'm doing in my life and maybe this blog will help me along the way. I've kept the previous posts regarding reviews on a few films and a few books as these were fun to do and are the background to what I love to do. I hope to increase these and include other adventures and inspirational trips, watches and reads along the way. 

So I hope you will all join me on this new adventure into feeling happy.
Much Love Sarah
23 February 2009

THE ANIMATION BIBLE, 2008, MAUREEN FURNESS


This book is written by Maureen Furness who also writes 'The Animation Journal' which is a magazine type book that comes out bi-yearly and discussed many arguments and theories in the animation world. 


The book is really big and there is a vast amount of essays and pictures gets really distracting as I go to read interesting items and the pictures draw my attention

THE COMPLETE ANIMATION COURSE, 2003, THAMES & HUDSON



This book has a lot of chapters, that describe each part of a different style of animation. It discusses stop-action, simple animation, cel animation, web animation and 3D CGI. In each of these they discuss software to use, however this book is published in 2003 but they use references of the late 90's, so it leaves a little dated.


This was the first book I looked at when making animation for part of my coursework in film studies, as it gave quick run-downs when showing the type of animation I would be able to start as an amateur.

ANIMATION- THE MECHANICS OF MOTION, 2004, WEBSTER


This book covers a vast amount for an animation student, it gives a run-down on how to perform different walk-cycles. It also give's tips on how the body should move when animating, I often find my self running through this book to help my animating when learning as it also tells of how to think of animating an object such as the count of dropping a feather and the count of dropping a weight.


It isn't to technical compared to other animation help books, it doest seem like giving an operation. 

PURE ANIMATION, 2007, MERRELL PUBLISHERS


This book looks at different types of art styles used in animation, it shows a mass number of underground animators and their most experimental work. I won this book on the channel 4 competition website, so therefore it is one of my most prized books. The book has a combination of 3D Maya work, Flash work and Drawn work.


The book has showcased a vast number of independent animators almost 60 of them in this book, the book also provides screenshots of the different films, and their process in making the films, it is a very valuable resource for my personal work and being able to recreate a similar style.


Jennifer A. Cable who has used 16mm film and scratched onto it with an X-Acto knife and coloured in the marks with permanent markers. Digital Kitchen also have a section in the book where they discuss working with paper and using the animators hands within the animation.

02 February 2009

JANE, 2006, RAQIB SHAW


I was really drawn to the painting by Raqib Shaw, it had a really refreshing take on Hans Holbien original take on Jane Seymour the younger’s.


Shaw has embellished the picture with dramatic explosions and animal type features her new face reminds me of a primitive fish, almost a piranha. Jane Seymour was Henry the eight’s favourite wife as she bore him his first son, Edward, however he was very frail and didn't seem likely that he would live to be King, however when Henry died he became King at the age of nine. 


Shaw has recreated many of Holbein’s works of art as he is the first western artist that he came upon when he came to the UK. He views Holbein’s original work as pure in an impure time now if the paintings were updated into the press today this is how every one would be perceived. 

01 February 2009

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, 2006, MICHEL GONDRY

I was lent this movie by one of my friends and I put off watching it two weeks more than I should have due to not liking Michel Gondry’s previous work ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind‘ (2004), now I have learnt from my mistakes and have bought the film on DVD and watched it several times over.



The story is of a young man who has moved from Mexico as his dad has died back to France, Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) has a very overactive imagination, which interferes with his dreams and reality. Stephane in his dreams owns and is in control of a TV station in his head where he discusses how dreams are made.


Stephane meets his neighbour one day and pretends he lives about half-an-hour away from his actual residence as he is the landlords son, whose wall Zoe (Emma De Caunes) and Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is his neighbour ruined with a screwdriver, to build Stephanie’s bed. 


Stephane and Stephanie build a friendship with each other, one day he falls asleep in the bath and writes a letter to Stephanie in which he asks for Zoe’s number. Stephane doesn’t believe that he wrote a letter to her, which she recites later to him word-for-word Stephane decides that they are connected through ‘Parallel Synchronized Randomness’.

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