Chuck Jones

Video: “The Dot and The Line” by Chuck Jones, 1965.

Through out my boyhood of watching cartoons on TV, I always find myself staring at shows like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck, without taking much notice to the creators of these incredible animations. The front man behind stage, as it were, is of course Chuck Jones. Besides his impeccable timing for the movements of the characters, what makes Jones an animation Godfather is his sense of storytelling through these moving pictures. He’s able to make you laugh and cry in the same clip, for he understands the logic of tragedy inevitably always turn into comedy (and vise versa). Continue reading

Character: Phil

This is the second character from the story. I don’t really know what his personality is going to be like; I’m trying to figure that out in the storyboards right now. I love how organic the storyboards are coming out. I have no idea how it’s going to end.

I’ll be posting a few concept paintings soon, so I’ll keep you guys posted.

Phil-character_Mark Li

Character: Nat

Hi EVERYBODYYYY!! I’m back! Well, sort of…. I’ve been so insanely occupied with making a good portfolio that I haven’t had any time to think about what to post on the blog. You see, reader, I’ve been developing a story; a story about childhood in the suburbs. that’s all I want to give out for now. I’m in quite a production process right now. But here’s one of the characters!

little girl on scooter and different expressions

Trouble On Planet Goo

Hello!!! Hope ya’ll are having a great week so far. This is an animated short I did for my senior thesis. I’ve written the story about a year ago. I knew I wanted to do a space adventure, but, at the same time, I didn’t want the typical “space girl who crashes her spaceship on an unknown planet” story. The elevators were my solution. To tell you the truth, the story was never set in stone during production of this short. It had metamorphosed on my for about six times. During midterm of my final semester the story still didn’t feel right, so I brought my storyboard to Wendy (my project supervisor), and she immediately worked out most of the issues in the narrative. (She can do magic like that.) The rest of the element fell into place as I begin animating. The short is still in its rough stage, and most of the drawings are done in Photoshop. Hope the film pleases your appetite.

-Mark

Alice from The Illusionist

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If you haven’t seen this French animation, you really need to. I can’t begin to tell you how much mastery is put into its making. It made me realized that animation is so much different from live-action films. While live-action has its subtle gestures preformed by actors, every character movement in an animated film must be exaggerated at least a little to “get the message across” (so to speak) to the audience. Animation, like any medium of communication, is a particular language, and it has to be adapted a certain way in order for it to have clear “statements.” The Illusionist is especially great with its sublime character movements, relying on gestures rather than the spoken word to “speak” to the viewer. What impressed me most about the film was its universality: anybody and everybody can understand what’s happening on screen without having to translate the dialogues. The language barrier is completely suspended during the film.