Friday, August 04, 2006

I Met Gromit!


Or to be more precise, I met Aardman animator Merlin Crossingham, who brought along some of the characters from "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit". I was so busy geeking out on all the goodies he brought that I didn't get a picture of him.


Anyway, it was fascinating to hear him talk about the stop-motion animation process, which I find both intriguing and intimidating. I love the idea of being able to manipulate real models with my hands, but I can't imagine trying to animate a performance straight-ahead, one frame at a time. Much less trying to hide the rigs and not pushing the clay characters off-model. Merlin and his fellow animators have my utmost respect and admiration!

8 comments:

  1. OooO W00T! That is most excellent! oOoo you touched him, it could be one of your fingerprints projected in immensity onto the large screen in the next film now *giggles*

    There was a time when I couldn't pick who I liked the most - Aardman or Pixar... now I just look at it this way - apples and oranges and I can liek them both!

    /me is interested also in how this meeting came about
    Will there be a reciprocal exchange I wonder? I am sure you would put your hand up for that!

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  2. apart from his work, I love his website design too...

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  3. That's awsome Vic - I nearly got the same chance years ago, my art teacher had a chance to do a portrait of Nick Park, and my art teacher invited me along to go see him. Unfortunatley i got very sick and missed it - i was sooo gutted.

    But nice one - it would be cool to see the figures in real life.
    -Iest

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  4. I have a friend who worked on the"Were-Rabbit" movie as well, who sent me a bunch of pics she took from the set. I'ts so awesome with all that miniature stuff that you can actually touch and feel. It gives stop-motion animation this cozy look that's almost impossible to imitate with CG and I sure hope that doesn't become a new trend! It's been proven over and over again, that there's room for both CG, hand drawn and stop-motion animation. Choose the medium that suits your story the best is what I say:D

    Take care,

    Hans

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  5. OH my god u met Gromit, u are a lucky man. I would give my left nut to meet him.

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  6. Hey Victor,

    I know you're fond of well animated humorous shorts, so I'm sure you've probably seen these before, but in case you haven't, heres a link to a good laugh!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=CtL2EBM2qQU

    Take care,

    Hans

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  7. do you know Merlin Crossingham or any other stopmotionanimation eamil.

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