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Graduation Countdown: Tess Martin

Poster for The Lost Mariner designed by Giacomo Boffo

Poster for The Lost Mariner designed by Giacomo Boffo

Hello there!
My name is Tess Martin and I’m here to introduce myself and give you a sneak peek into my graduation project, The Lost Mariner.

I stumbled onto animation during my Fine Art Bachelors at the University of Brighton in the UK. I fell in love and never looked back, and kept making independent short films for about five years after moving to the great city of Seattle, USA.

I decided to return to Europe for my Masters and have had a great time deepening my digital skills (I pretty much made exclusively stop-motion or frame by frame films before this) and expanding my freelance side. For my graduation film, however, I decided to go back to my true love, hand made films.

The Lost Mariner is based on an Oliver Sacks case study that you can find in his excellent book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and is about patient Jimmie G, who suffers from a rare memory disorder. I have always been interested in the mind, and the patients that Dr. Sacks describes are great examples of how our own sanity is balanced on a knife’s edge. Jimmie G’s memory problems were, I felt, a good entry into this arena.

When embarking on a project I think very hard about the technique to use to tell the story. In this case I decided to use the concept of photographs, so crucial in how we retain and symbolize memories, as the basis of the storytelling, resulting in what I would call a ‘photo cutout’ technique.

Still from The Lost Mariner

Still from The Lost Mariner

I had used cut-outs before, in fact, almost exclusively the first few years of filmmaking (see A Moment’s Reverie and Plain Face). But I had never used cut-outs quite in this way. Because Jimmie’s condition gives him a unique view on reality I felt it was important to use photos of real actors instead of designed characters. Photos of these actors were then printed and re-animated in a flat photo cut-out universe. The contrast between the real actors’ faces and movements and the flat universe in which they live provides a nice analogy to what it might be like to see the world through Jimmie’s eyes. It’s almost real, but not real.

Still from The Lost Mariner

Still from The Lost Mariner

It was a really fun way to make a film! Even though, yes, it involved a lot of scissors work. See below the trailer and the Making Of video which might give you a better idea of how the film was made.

I am also super happy to have gotten the chance to work with these talented actors, as well as Thijs van Gasteren (cameraman for the live action shoot), Jason Staczek (super talented composer I can’t believe I get to work with), and Production House Media (excellent sound design). Also I want to thank Warren Etheredge, Brad Hutchinson and also Lindy Boustedt for their invaluable feedback, and Giacomo Boffo for lending his design talents to the poster.

Still from The Lost Mariner

Still from The Lost Mariner

At the exhibition you will be able to see the actual piles of cut-outs used in the film, as well as the two other films I made during my Master: a one minute animation addressing the problem of racism and gun violence in America called One Night in Florida, and a memory-map project called Breda on My Mind where participants were asked to draw a giant map of Breda collaboratively, from memory.

I hope to see you at the August 28th opening!  More information can be found on the St Joost website, and the Facebook event.

The Lost Mariner – Trailer from Tess Martin on Vimeo.

The Lost Mariner – Making Of from Tess Martin on Vimeo.

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Graduation show 2013-2014

AKV | St. Joost presents the Master of Animation 2013-2014 graduation show: an overview of the year including one minute animations for The One Minutes, reflections on visual culture for the Culture Night in Breda, and of course the graduation projects.

Opening (in presence of students): Thursday August 28th, from 15.00 to 18.00
Open: August 29 – 31, from 11.00 till 17.00
Location: Chassé Theater, Van Dijnsenfoyer
Claudius Prinsenlaan 8, Breda

In preparation of the upcoming Master Graduation Exposition in Chassé, each week one of the students will introduce themselves and their work.

Graduation Countdown: Marieke Hollander

Marieke HollanderHi, Marieke Hollander here. After graduation on fine arts at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in 2007, I’ve worked for 7 years as radio director, video editor and web editor at Dutch public broadcasters RVU, NTR and VPRO.

Three years ago my brother Jan Hollander graduated on the bachelor of animation at AKV St. Joost. He enthused me to apply to the master of animation. I definitely could use some technical and substantial input to improve my development. Fortunately I was admitted.

This one year course catapults me sky high in every way. It has broaden my horizon and my network. I have been able to experiment with software and innovative applications.

AKV St. Joost owns two X-Sens motion capture suits. After seeing the motion capture based project of my classmate Jeroen Koffeman, my interest was triggered. I decided to use motion capture for my graduation project. My boyfriend Bootsy Paul is one of the best roller skate dancers of The Netherlands. My idea was to put him in one of the suits and capture his skate dance moves. The  first test was a little tense because of the risk of falling down (the suit is very expensive). But Paul can skate better than he can walk. After one morning of testing, we could continue for the real recording.

I’ve edited the mobcap data in 3D software Cinema 4d. It was quite a hassle because of all the jitter in the data. I wanted to keep the movement as pure as possible. It resulted in a five day’s session of removing wrong keyframes by hand.

Before I’ve started this project I didn’t have any experience with Cinema 4d. I’ve made a list of learning goals: editing motion capture data, collision and collision bodies, particles, how to make air, clouds and water, camera, simple modelling and shading. I’ve followed hundreds tutorials to get what I wanted.

The result is a short 3D animated road movie based on the eighties. Roller skate dancing was big during this decade. Therefore I used cues and style features from the eighties. For example the famous Memphis Movement. Geometrical shapes, bright colors, kitschy styling. I was born in 1980. I’ve utilized my memories of girl toy’s and children’s series (My Little Pony, Care Bears, Fraggles), the movie Labyrinth directed by Jim Henson. My parents owned a yacht in the eighties. Since my early childhood our family was spending a lot of time at sea.
The movement of the waves is etched in my memory. That is the reason why my film starts with waves wallowing over the screen.

You are all invited at our graduation show on Thursday 28th of august from 15.00 to 18.00 in Chasse Theater in Breda. Hope to see you there.

Follow my making of on http://mariekehollander.nl/

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Graduation Countdown: Jeroen Koffeman

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AKV | St. Joost presents the Master of Animation 2013-2014 graduation show: an overview of the year including one minute animations for The One Minutes, reflections on visual culture for the Culture Night in Breda, and of course the graduation projects.

Opening (in presence of students): Thursday August 28th, from 15.00 to 18.00
Open: August 29 – 31, from 11.00 till 17.00
Location: Chassé Theater, Van Dijnsenfoyer
Claudius Prinsenlaan 8, Breda

 

In preparation of the upcoming Master Graduation Exposition in Chassé, each week one of the students will introduce themselves and their work.

 

Hi there! Thank you for taking an interest in this post. Let me quickly introduce myself and my graduation project.

About me

I am Jeroen Koffeman. Ever since I was little, it has been my dream to become a character animator or artist for animated film. Like every child I grew up watching Disney movies, and other animated cartoons that sparkled my enthousiasm. I would spend weeks on my gameboy camera (yes it was very high tech at the time) to create short stop-motion experiments. Before I learned about some basic animation software.

During my Bachelor of Animation at the Utrecht School of the Arts I learned the basics of animation, storytelling and working for clients.

At the St. Joost Master I found the opportunity to further develop my 3d animation skills. In my research I analyzed cartoon movement in character-animation. I chose to make a relatively short film, so I could spend time on everything involved in a traditional 3d production. From drawing and timing the storyboard, to 3d modeling, texturing, rigging, animating and finally compositing.1

Project Overview

The story is about this little tree frog who is after love, but mother nature just designed him to be awkward in every way. Resulting in a fast-paced cartoon done with much care for detail, and 2d-ish cartoony movement referring to the good old times of animation, yet in a fresh and original mix. My goal is to bring you some unique entertainment that you haven’t seen before!

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Here are some stills (not final) and animation tests. I hope they sparkle your interest to come and watch the result on the big screen, together with all the other amazing projects made at te St. Joost Master this year.

You can also follow the production blog on my website: http://jeroenkoffeman.nl/ 

 

 

 

 

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Hope to see you the 28th of August during our exhibit! Or another time.

 

Kind regards,

Jeroen