Because I’m still so itchy from all my Texas sized mosquito bites, I’m dedicating this animation Wednesday to Winsor McCay’s “How A Mosquito Operates”. This short was created in 1912(!) at the start of animation history. McCay was known for his comic strips but became one of animation’s earliest pioneers. This was only his second film. A little animation history for ya.
If you enjoyed this, check out Mccay’s more famous short, Gertie the Dinosaur.
Every day that I get older, I find myself turning more and more into my father. He’s there when I stubbornly want to fix things myself instead of paying someone to do it. He’s there in my desire to own every instrument even if I can’t play them (yet). He’s mostly there in my bad jokes that no one laughs at but me. If I had to turn in to someone though… I’m glad it’s him.
This one is for our fathers and all the gifts they’ve given us.
If you liked this, check out Benjamin Scheuer’s other short “The Lion”.
Last week I got grief from my experimental animator friends for loving “The Duet”. It’s too Disney they said…sickeningly cute & lacking in content. I personally like commercial AND indie animation. The same way I keep an open mind to different types of music and films. As one of my heroes Film Crit Hulk would say, never hate a movie.
So here’s something for the experimental animator fans (all 10 of you). This week’s short comes from French animator Lucrece Andreae who has a little fun with the idea of who you can meet at speed dating.
To pay the bills, I work as a coordinator here in LA. Currently, I’m working as the animation coordinator on a feature length documentary. I studied film in college and never thought I’d work in animation, but through the past 4 years I’ve managed to work in motion graphics, 3D animation, and VFX for commercials, TV, films, and live events. With each project, my love and appreciation for all the hard work that goes into animation continues to grow.
Animation, especially in short films, never gets as much credit as it deserves. Fantastic storytelling, beautiful soundtracks, unique characters. There are so many gems out there that people are missing out on. To help spread the love, I want to share a short a week. This first one is something I came across today and comes from an old member of the most famous animation team around, Disney.
I love this short by Glean Keane because it shows how powerful hand drawn animation still is at creating emotions in an audience.
For my fellow animation nerds, there’s a behind the scenes video you can watch as well.