I Wake Up Dreaming… an animation project

Still from current animation project. Completion date: early 2013.

Still from current animation project. Completion date: early 2013.

This is a quick post so those of you who follow the blog will know that I am still alive and working every day in animation. My current project is primarily a frame-by-frame tradigital animation complete with shot sequence and storyboard.

Animation has its technical procedures and they can be tedious, but I am finding it very helpful to do a storyboard to help me visually conceive and build the story. Further breaking it down into individual shots helps me figure out what to do next and consider the more cinematic aspects of animation such as camera moves, pans, etc. and to devise positions for the camera (or viewer’s eye) that will help explain and move the plot along. I have completed about 8 shots of what at present is a list of approximately 4o… so I still have a long way to go.

The project is titled: “I Wake Up Dreaming…” It was inspired by a drawing I did in 1968 (White Noise folio #14) of an actual dream completed as soon as I woke up. Recently while looking around my studio for inspiration I opened up my file box of White Noise folios and picked up a handful near the top. This particular drawing with text jumped out at me and brought the dream back in vivid detail.

I am having a lot of fun finding ways to visually represent the ambiguities and surprises of dream space and time. Most recently I have begun collecting and creating sounds to bring the story to life.

About bobcomings

Visual artist working in wide variety of media and forms including painting, drawing , sculpture, digital drawing and painting, digital animation, and sound exploration for almost 60 years.
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4 Responses to I Wake Up Dreaming… an animation project

  1. Looking forward to it!

  2. Les Phillips says:

    Very cool Bob, I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  3. linda@lindamacdonald.com says:

    I like this.  You have a lot of hair!Linda MacDonaldlinda@lindamacdonald.comwww.lindamacdonald.com

  4. Fred says:

    Hey Bob – 1968 is still a source of inspiration. I’m still into nature based spirituality and still fiddling with ways to subtlely coax it into my paintings.

    Yes, you’re making movies! So yeah, storyboards, camera angles, pan shots, fades, close ups, long shots, cinemascope.

    I get a kick out of observing the cinematic direction in The Simpsons. Those guys musta gone to film school.

    Jo and I, and everyone we know, loved “A Late Quartet”. Watch for it. Its brilliant. Makes it possible to appreciate those New York culture vulchers. Very well crafted artty movie.

    Meantime, we enjoyed “Call the Midwife”. .. Looking forward to the next Downton Abbey episodes.

    Fred http://www.fredericksmithstudio.com

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