Monday, December 5, 2011

November 11 Second Club Winner!

I couldn't be more thrilled about my entry being selected for this month's 11 Second Club! Below is the HD version as it appears on my Vimeo page.

From the outset the audio clip inspired in me a modern-day noir aesthetic, much like Scorsese's The Departed.

The antagonist became a blend of influences, ranging from Anthony Quinn, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Plummer, and other film heavies with imposing voices and physical presence.

Initially Beckett was a more upright, prissy hoodlum. I thought it made for interesting contrast and it seemed to fit the slightly nasally voice. I blocked in an entire thumbnail pass of this character, but was unsatisfied with the performance and tone, and scrapped it...

In the end, Beckett became more cool, intense, and hunched over - an arrogant James Dean / Matt Damon type.


  1. YEA! well deserved dude!

    ...look at the young guy, look at your profile pic...

    mayhaps he survived and became a noir detective? ;)

  2. As if it was any surprise that you'll be number 1! Incredible work man, I love the detailed exploration of your process, great bit of me it feels like a wonderful blend of Iron Giant and Glenn Keane

  3. My god i wish i could be a student of yours. Your amazing, i've started my own project and i'm sort of lost as to what direction i should head in. I'm just wondering how much it would cost to hire an animator to do a short. I've already worked out my opening/screenplay and now i've been trying to get people to do model sheets and character design's. I'm going to do a crude animatic but i was wondering if it came to it how much would it cost to hire an animator to handle the main body of work.

  4. Congratulations. Very well-deserved win !

  5. Love this piece, but I have to say the "Palm Springs Film Festival" spot on your website is really quite fantastic! I watched it over and over. Nice staging, great animation, cool transitions, throw in a little traditional animated effects...just superb. I'm a huge fan. Cheers!

  6. Great stuff Andrew. You've inspired me to sharpen up my 2D stuff. I have a question I hope you'll have time to answer. How do you get such clean lines for your final 2D cleanup pass? This one and the piece you did for the 11 second club, December, both of them have really nice clean lines, and while I know how that happens with an actual pencil on registration paper, how do you manage it digitally? It always comes out disconnected for me, especially in trying to get nice line weight.

    Again, great stuff man! Always inspiring.

    + Christian Reese

  7. Thanks for your comment, Christian. The clean linework was all done in Photoshop using Cintiq. I generally use the standard brush, but with both opacity and thickness sensitivity turned on, as well as noise, so the line has some tooth to it. I work light, which forces me to work over the lines multiple times, and the end result is usually a display of the journey, not so much the one perfect defining line. It's a subtle thing, but it's how I like to work. Good luck with your 2D! :D

  8. Thanks for responding Andrew! Amazing, I never thought that Photoshop could be used as a cleanup tool for some reason. But I guess it basically does the same thing as Flipbook, only better now that I think of it, so long as you have your breakdowns and key drawings done. Good call on that!

  9. No problem, Christian. Actually, all of the animation was done in Photoshop using the timeline feature. I tested the audio in After Effects and did my X-sheeting there, since Photoshop doesn't have reliable audio playback. It's a really simple workflow for me between those two programs. You can bring your Photoshop comp into After Effects, and it matches the timeline automatically to the comp, so it's drag, drop, preview, make notes, go back to Photoshop. I use Photoshop because it's so powerful as a drawing program - it's a personal taste thing. Other programs are great, too.