Thursday, October 18, 2007
His style reminds me alot of New York animator Patrick Smith, with the sketchy line quality and visible construction lines. This was inspiring to me because it's the same kind of look I want to achieve for 'Nigel' where the drawings are clean but not TOO clean...rough around the edges. I can also tell that some International Rocketship folks like Marv Newland had some input into his graduate film, cuz it has some of those same qualities.
There's lots of animation events happening in Vancouver over the next few weeks with independent shorts hosted by the NFB, so I'm expecting this will give me lots of inspiration to re-visit production.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Still plugging away at the current BigFott project, and Nigel is waiting in the wings. Soon the scanning shall start...
Friday, September 14, 2007
So the entire "Nigel" folder has been transferred onto our new machine, but I still have yet to open it up and make sure the Leica Reel file still works in Premiere locating files and whatnot.
I'm working now on a freelance animation project directed by my friend Galen Fott, on another childrens' book adaptation, about a backhoe loader. It's fun stuff and will be keeping me pretty busy through the Fall and into Christmastime. While that's going on, I plan on starting to recruit a team of animation students to scan in and possibly color in all my drawings thus far.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Crisis Averted! Turns out our drive didn't crash...we just had a faulty cable. Thanks to my brother-in-law Mikey for helping us. Now I've backed up the entire "Nigel" folder to an extra hard drive as well. Soon we'll be getting a brand new computer and all will be right with the world again. Whee!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Well, the latest update on 'Nigel' I can offer is that it appears that the Video drive in our computer might have crashed. That is the drive containing all pencil tests, sound files, etc for the film, including the work-in-progress Leica Reel.
BUT not to worry too much....I do have the majority of files backed up, and my latest leica reel with all the timing changes, etc exists as an Mpeg file at work, so I'll be backing that up today. Although it will still require a bit of work, I may be able to import the Mpeg into Premiere and then use it as a guide for lining everything back up again with the original files. Here's hoping, anyway.
I still have all the dope sheets and the drawings (one of the many advantages to making a 2D film!) which need to be scanned anyway. So rather than re-shoot all of my pencil tests, I might as well get them scanned instead so I can start assembling them in their semi-final state.
As the dust settles from recovering our computer and moving into the new campus at VanArts over the next few weeks, we'll see how many updates I can continue with here...keep checking back! I'll be working on some freelance projects in the meantime and my personal blog will still be alive & well.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I'll try to find time to perhaps dig up some old ghosts to post here in the meantime. I've added some more happy links, so that's something.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
And here is the final version of the elephant eating peanuts off the ground.
Friday, July 27, 2007
You can find the KinoSilmä podcast from iTunes store or from the
Here is also a direct link for the file:
Starts with an introduction in Finnish, then moves on to the interview.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Animation is stressful.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Nigel - Bob Godfrey
Baby Elephant - Jessica Esau
Big City Toad - Ken Priebe
Cranky Monkey - Charles Phillips
Kids - Ken & Janet Priebe
Students & Staff of VanArts
Dedicated to the memory of
Robert & Mary Priebe
Monday, July 16, 2007
We're now getting to the background stage! Yesterday my lovely wife Janet turned one of the layouts into a watercolor painting. So now we can start to get a glimpse of how color will factor into the 2D parts. This particular BG is during one of the more somber moments in the middle of the film, when the sky is overcast and cloudy. The elephant simply walks along the road (as happens in many, many, many shots!) and comes to a stop. Perhaps at some point soon I'll try doing a color test and place a frame of the elephant colored-in over top of this.
Until then, here's our first background...
And here is the film so far in its resting place in the studio closet. About 40 scenes more-or-less completely animated and ready to scan! Just a few more out there being inbetweened or yet to complete.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
I've often felt that this film is just taking too long, and worried about whether or not it will all be worth it in the end...looks like these are normal feelings to have about the process. I know it's basically my own fault for making it as long as it is, and not sticking to something simpler or shorter. In the amount of time it's taken me to get this far, I could have probably created 3 or 4 shorter films. But I don't think about that too much. I'm happy doing what I'm doing and totally committed to finishing it. The work itself dictates how long it will take. It calls to me when it needs feeding, and lets me know when it's time to take a break. Perhaps this is why they call them "pet projects." I'm starting to sound like Madeline L'Engle, which is not a bad thing.
I also enliken it to my wife Janet's thoughts about her cross-stitching. She has a big box full of patterns that she started years ago, even from high school (which was over a decade ago now). Every now and then she'll pull out whichever one suits her fancy and chip away at it some more. Some of them she may never finish, and that's OK too. It's better to have a big box full of unfinished projects than nothing to work on at all.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Here's me animating Nigel back in 2003 in our first one-bedroom apartment before my wife Janet & I moved into our current place. He was set up on a TV table between our computer desk and dining room table...rather cramped corners in those days!
And here are some photos of one of my scenes drying out after somehow getting wet...I don't remember how it happened.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Edit: As per comments, yes there will be a blink in there eventually to break up that long hold, and music & narration will span over the whole film.
I'd love to post more, but it's late and I need to finish some illustrations and go to bed. Tomorrow I'm driving to Portland for the Platform Animation Festival, so I'll post more recent pencil tests upon my return.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
At least this prior web diary, done before the age of the blog, goes up to 2005. In 2006 much of my time was devoted to other projects, namely my 'Art of Stop Motion Animation' book and the birth of our beautiful daughter Ariel.