Here’s an interesting experiment submitted by 4mations reader Paul Greer. Paul works as a CG artist in the West Country, and in between this and drawing strange, poetic comics, he’s started experimenting with a video diary format. In his own words:
“I’ve always like the picture a day format, video diaries etc, and wanted to loosen my fixation that animation is a long drawn out torture-fest. (see your post top 10 things no one ever told you about being an animator)
So here I am making it about instincts, ephemera & brevity. I generally capture whats going on around me and funnel it into 250 frames.
I post them at http://burningfencepost.blogspot.com/“
I’m not really sure what to make of Paul’s animated experiments but there is something hypnotic and mesmerizing about these snippets of life. It’s like dipping a toe in somebody else’s sensorial experience, vaguely voyeuristic without the seedy Big Brother connotations. Which is a good thing, because somehow I doubt an animator’s lifestyle could compete with the glossy glamour of watching a Z-list celebrity painting their toenails.
But I digress.
I love the idea and discipline of playing with a short, restrictive format when creativity stalls. I seem to rember various experiments of this sort floatin around the interweb - can anyone point me in their direction?