Harvey Kurtzman’s Christmas Comic: Marley’s Ghost (Interview w/ Illustrator Gideon Kendall)
If there’s one thing we all learned from Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s that it’s never too late to have the perfect Christmas, especially if you love Christmas comic books. After 60 years of waiting, the posthumous release of Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, a graphic-novel adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is finally here. And it’s fantastic.
How to Create Whiteboard Animation in After Effects [Video Tutorial]
Whiteboard animation comes in all shapes and sizes, but there really is a difference between budget whiteboard animation effects and quality animation. The devil is in the details, and to demonstrate just a hint of the meticulous care that goes into smooth seamless whiteboard animation, we asked one of our top animators, Scott Strong to break down two fundamental whiteboard animation effects in Adobe After Effects.
Animation and Comics: Interview w/ Mike Cavallaro
Animation and comics have a lot of crossover. Animated video and graphic novels are both driven by compelling characters, meticulous narrative pacing, and grueling serialized production schedules while still maintaining room for artists, designers, create incredible, creative work. The rise of digital production, new media, and changing roles for artists and animators is still transforming the way that we create and consume animation and comic illustration. To get a handle on the current state of both fields—and the crossover between the two—we talked with comic book artist, illustrator, writer, and animator, Mike Cavallaro.
Interview with VICE Animator and Motion Graphics Badass, Mieka Jewett
We love featuring up and coming designers and animators creating interesting work, and it doesn’t get much more interesting than the incredible, original, and arguably insane productions coming out of the newly revamped VICE Media group. We’re thrilled to feature the VICE animator and motion graphics designer Mieka Jewett as she chats about animation trends, what it's like to make the leap from commercial to editorial work, and what it's like animating and designing for VICE.
Interview with Mixed Media Wunderkinds Tiny Inventions
Tiny Inventions is the directing team of Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter. They have caused a sensation in the animation world with their unique technique that combines stop-motion and hand-crafted photographed elements with After Effects puppetry. But of course, it would mean nothing if they weren't masterful storytellers. We caught up with them during the production of their new film, Negative Space. Do not click away without seeing their work!
An Interview with NYT Senior Graphics Editor Graham Roberts
Last week, we raved about The New York Times' latest 360 video: The Modern Olympic Games, which transported viewers back in time to some of the greatest moments in Olympic history. To learn more about how that wonderfully immersive virtual experience was crafted, we spoke with Graham Roberts.
INTERVIEWS WITH ANIMATORS: Ying Wu
In this week’s installment, we speak with talented, recent-grad, Ying Wu...
Last week, in our PICK OF THE WEEK, we wrote about Spellbound, an adorable animated short, which was created by Ying Wu and Lizzia Xu as their thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design. To learn more about how Spellbound was made and get some insight into how Ringling helps shape young animators, we spoke with Ying Wu.
INTERVIEWS WITH ANIMATORS: David Heredia
In this week’s installment, we speak with (animation) hero of color David Heredia…
Last week we raved about a wonderful, dynamic and educational series of whiteboard animation called Heroes of Color. As we noted in our PICK OF THE WEEK blog post, this was the second episode of the series. So it felt fitting for us to bring back its creator, the great David Heredia, for a second interview. This time we dug deep into his graffiti-filled background and discussed how he got into (and then out of, and then back into again) animation. And, along the way, Heredia delighted us with insights and anecdotes of inspiration.
INTERVIEWS WITH ANIMATORS: Natalie Labarre
Today, we're pleased to kick off an exciting new series for the blog: Interviews with Animators, where each week we'll be chatting with someone who works in the trenches to get an inside look at what it's like to be an animator.
Instagram in Stop Motion: Rachel Ryle Interview
When Rachel Ryle posted her first stop motion video on Instagram in 2013, she never expected the circus that followed. Named the "Most Creative Instagram Account of 2013” by Buzzfeed, featured by The Huffington Post, NextWeb, and scores of others, and adored by her over 200k ardent fans—animator Rachel Ryle takes a moment away from her stop motion success to share the secret of her rise to fame. Her advice to fellow animators is simple: “Put your art out there. Don’t think about it, do it.”