I don’t even watch Merlin and I’m dying.
“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”
I’ve reblogged this before and I will reblog it again.
This is so great
So, my old phone managed to turn itself on after nearly a year of being untouched, in order to announce that I had a voicemail which I couldn’t access. I tried turning it off, and it kept turning itself back on.
I removed its battery and went to put it back when I realized that I really shouldn’t have been surprised by such odd behavior…
… CONSIDERING WHAT WASN’T EVEN A FOOT AWAY.
this might be the funniest thing i’ve ever read
that’s me i’m dorothy
Continuation of this which was surprisingly almost a year ago… Watching Teen Titans with Kami but I’ll probably maybe draw Billy See-More and Kyd when they pop up… Or maybe I’ll just wait a whole ‘nother year B)
game of thrones will really surprise people next season when in the ninth episode they kill off actual viewers
I was not expecting that, and I laughed entirely too loud.
Somebody up the line said “I bet George would really love actually doing that.” :)
this just happened on my dashboard and i just
do you ever just play with your belly button and think to yourself “I used to eat through here”?
Well I didn’t until now
"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world." - Walt Disney
MIKE ROUSH / The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl / 5:16
I have always been fascinated by wildlife documentaries. As a kid I would take my mom’s camera and try and get as close to the neighborhood animals as I could. Most of the time this would mean long hours sitting motionless on the back deck with bird seed sprinkled on my lap and shoulders. I never got the shot I wanted, so when Chris and Shannon asked me if I wanted to make an animated film for Titmouse, I said yes before they finished asking.
Chris and Shannon Prynoski, Dik Pose, and I Line up a shot in the middle of nowhere. photo by Steve Kellener.
Early thumbnails of the burrowing owl.
"Owl" was animated in Flash. I used a technique where I would animate traditionally very rough, then I would take a second pass cleaning up symbols that I would be able to reuse later. Most of the final animation you see in "Owl" is puppeted symbol animation with hundreds of symbols and a different puppet for each shot. This way I could get the detail and animation quality I wanted.
The Flash break-down on one of the owl puppets. Lots of feathers!
One of my favorite parts of making this film was having to get out of the studio and go on location. I found an amazing place in central California called The Carrizo Plain using google maps. I spent the weekends driving all around taking pictures and exploring. Fun fact: The burrow used in the short was an actual owl burrow. On one of the days I was taking photos of the burrow one hissed at me from inside the burrow with it’s rattlesnake like call. It scared me nearly to death.
This is how I made all the “live action” backgrounds. I drew a storyboard of what I wanted and photo collaged lots of pictures together to make it look like what I drew. Unfortunately these places don’t exist in real life.
Whenever the owl had to touch the flower or fork, I took hundreds of photos, cut them out in photoshop and animated them. Fun.
On location I used a couple stand-in models to get the lighting right and a maquette when animating for inspiration.
I had a great time making this film and when I was done we were lucky enough to show it at festivals around the world. After 4 years the “Owl” showed at more than 40 festivals, in over 25 countries.
Can’t wait to do another one.
Mike Roush’s incredible short film is now online!!! Don’t miss this one, folks! It’ll stick to your ribs likes delicious cartoon BBQ!
I was lucky enough to catch this at an animation festival a while back and it blows my mind as much now as it did then