View Full Version : Thursday Aug 11th 2011 Animation Seminar
07-29-2011, 09:19 AM
The seminar starts every Wednesday at 4pm Arizona time.
We start this thread early to give members a chance to upload any video (http://www.donbluthanimation.com/videos.php) or images they want critiqued on the weekly video seminar. Throughout the week, Dave will try to incorporate as many images and video clips (http://www.donbluthanimation.com/videos.php) as possible into the live seminar.
Image and Video Rules:
1. The best format for video clips is .MOV files, preferably MPEG-4 H.264. You can upload them here. (http://www.donbluthanimation.com/videos.php)
2. Please limit images and/or videos uploaded for critique per seminar to five (5).
3. Identify all your media files (images/videos) to be critiqued with your first name. For example, if you want three images critiqued, they should be labeled YourFirstName-01, YourFirstName-02, YourFirstName-03. That is, if your first name is "Tony" label your files tony-01, tony-02, tony-03.
4. Please clearly label all of your drawings in your images, example "a, b, c, d... etc" so that Don can easily refer to them.
5. Please clearly label all animation pencil tests with large drawing numbers so that Don can easily refer to them.
6. Please do no post images or videos from the current workshop as it is not fair for the other members. However you may post images or videos from workshops that have already ended.
The deadline for clips and images to be critiqued in the live seminar is 24hrs prior to the seminar date and time.
Please keep your questions concise so we have time to answer everyone. Only questions pertaining to animation technique will be addressed.
Here is the link to watch the live Seminar.
You must be logged into your Don's Club account (http://www.donbluthanimation.com/member_home.php) to see the stream.
08-01-2011, 02:40 PM
Hi don and Dave, I was listening to a podcast with Jason Ryan as the guest. He said that you gave him the student of the year award? Could you talk about the experience you had with him and how talented he was at this time? And are you impressed with how far he has come?
08-02-2011, 01:34 AM
I want to know your opinion on which animal do you consider to be the hardest to animate?
08-02-2011, 10:57 AM
Hello Don! You might recognize this clip from Youtube. I was the one how sent you the message to which this animation was attached. Back then you gave it a like, but now I want some critique on it if you do not mind.
If you remember, my channel name on youtube is MoonLightRose17.
Also I'd like to thank you for giving a like to my video on youtube.
08-02-2011, 11:03 AM
Don, have you seen the movie Tangled? I personally really enjoyed it. I had a discussion with a friend once about Rapunzels appearance: I considered it to be suitable for the look of the movie, but my friend considered her to be a bit to Barbie like. What do you think about Rapunzel's appearance, and if you want could you show us how you see Rapunzel's character. (mainly represent her as a drawing)
08-02-2011, 02:09 PM
Dave: I hope you don't mind but the old question I don't want to be answered anymore so I have changed the question; Once again I hope you don't mind.
Hi Don! How do you come up with something to animate? The problem is I just can't think of anything to animate. Do you have any advice?
08-02-2011, 10:06 PM
I saw in a documentry how Walt Disney had his own prop department for live action reference. However, when you and Gary left Disney, was there much of a problem shooting live action reference when you dont have a big studio's prop dpt at your desposal?
08-02-2011, 10:06 PM
It seems that whenever you are asked to draw a character in any of your movies, even the minor ones, you seem to remember how to draw it, even though you say you havn't drawn it in a long time. When preparing for a film, do you learn how to draw each and every character?
08-02-2011, 10:14 PM
Did you ever ask Woolie Reitherman how he approached the animation of Monstro the Whale? I dont think there was much footage of whales swimming underwater in the 1930's. So if he didn't have much reference, how did he approach it?
08-02-2011, 11:11 PM
What an honor to meet you! I've been drawing for a month now. I started copying cartoons, attempted to render pictures from real life, and now I am trying to draw the human figure. Below are some of my sketches; you may comment if you please:
...Oh, how I loved The Secret of NIMH!
This came from the newspaper.
Below is a 2 min sketch, followed by a 4 min sketch
Thank you for creating this resource! Martha
08-03-2011, 02:03 AM
Don, I was wondering if you can critique these figure drawings mainly for form, volume and balance.
08-03-2011, 02:08 AM
08-03-2011, 11:11 AM
Have you ever turned down a high profile job due to personal or creative beliefs?
08-03-2011, 02:35 PM
Here's a picture of Maid Marion after Skippy asks..."Are you gonna have kids?"
Did Milt Kahl animate Maid Marion?
08-06-2011, 04:15 AM
Here are some animations I did in the last time.
08-07-2011, 02:30 PM
Hi Don! Here are a couple of tests I did.
I was just wondering if the principals are in there and working?
08-08-2011, 11:11 AM
What do you think of this drawings?
08-08-2011, 11:17 AM
08-09-2011, 03:47 PM
Hey Don. These are some of the better drawings from last week. Some gesture drawings on location, and some head studies from statues at the british museum. Anything I could work on? Any tips/feedback would be a huge help.
08-10-2011, 10:04 PM
I was wondering if you could critique my animation of my mushroom character. I tried to give him a walk that looked worried and inept.
08-11-2011, 04:12 PM
Any news on the new Don Animates dvd? Any chance we can get an example or sneak preview of which character your animating on the dvd?
08-11-2011, 04:31 PM
:q: You just pointed out that Milt Kahl would do about 3 or 4 things in a scene. However, is that something you would reccomend for begginers? I remember you telling some of us at the master class to resist doing 2 things at once.
08-11-2011, 04:39 PM
Hello Don and Dave, you mentioned earlier about horses being one of the toughest to animate. Other than watching live reference are there any other tips you could pass along for animating horses? Also when designing an animal character for animation what are some of the things you look at to push to bring more character to it. For example an evil horse character,would you narrow the snout more,bring the ears back etc?
08-11-2011, 04:43 PM
Do you know what are some of the first animated scenes Milt Kahl has done? Did you study them?
What are some animated scenes you did study at the start of your animation career? Did you study the pencil tests or the ink and painted scenes?
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