Animation Night in Kyoto

7 Mar


Well its one of the times that I am just going to continue typing for this post, well that is what blogs are for right? I mean they are web logs so…ya… Well I will post about my experience yesterday and what I learned. This post may be long may be short, I hope it will make it to the blog without the network cutting me off ugh…

Yesterday, Eiken may already know but I had one of the most interesting jobs in my life. I was allowed the chance to translate presentations made by three Animators. Ya not only one, not only two, but THREE Animators! How lucky was I? Well, the animators were Chen Xi, Christophe Gautry, and Joseph Pierce. All of them were really generous and kind. There were more people that attended this event, maybe I should mention them,  from what I remember, a man from the Agency of Cultural Affairs, two professors from Kyoto Seika University, one artist that graduated the University ( who was the translator for Chen Xi) and the crowd (mostly students studying at Kyoto Seika Uni, I guess.) Oh, and how can I forget, three workers from the Japan Image Council. I have learned a lot through out the night by talking to the professors and others but I will focus on writing about the artists. Some of you may have already guessed but I was the translator for Christophe Gautry and Joseph Pierce. During the event the animators each presented one of their animations and a part of the animation project they are working on now in Tokyo.

Christophe Gautry is now working on an animation in Tokyo using a technique called pixilation. This is a technique by using still images as frames to create movement in an animation. He presented the “The Lunatic council” as his previous work. In “The Lunatic council” he stated that he used puppets and a greenscreen. He stated that this method is unique however, it involves precise thinking and storyboards for each cut. Therefore he had argued that it is sometimes difficult and that the creativity part of the animation is mostly in the beginning step of the production (making the storyboard and etc.) So, he has planned to shoot pixilation in Tokyo in which he can think and improvise his shoots based on the scenery and lighting and etc.

I was able to talk with Christophe Gautry about how he shoots his footage. He stated that Japan is a really safe place to shoot. He could leave his camera at place and go to another place come back and the camera will still be in place. He said the same method cannot be taken in France.

Joseph Pierce is now working on an animation which uses a form called Rotoscoping. I really enjoyed his style of Rotoscoping. He films live footage and takes out each frame, draws over it and scans the illustration back into the computer to use it as frames. He told me that he shoots at 25fps and the cuts every other frame and creates the animation in 12fps. Although it seems like he halves the number of frames, the animation Joseph presented “A Family Portrait” consists about 2500 frames.

The project he is working on now is another rotoscope animation called the “Pub”. This animation takes place in a Pub in London. He stated that it seems awkward to be working on a pub in London in Tokyo. He commented that this animation will be harder since it is longer in length meaning there are more frames to draw. He said that luckily he is now using a tablet to illustrate.

I have learned a lot about animation compared to what I have known before the three hour event. I will definitely keep an eye out for the three animators. I guess in my future filming or photography, I have to get into my world or so. It was obvious how each animators felt about there productions. For instance Christophe Gautry’s shoot in Tokyo included shots that I do not have the courage to do. If you happen to find his production on line, you can see that he is lying down in flee markets and also lying down in trains (which I later found out that it was the Yamanote line). He told me that he puts up signs when shooting in public places where the camera cannot be spotted because some people have worried whether he was hurt and laying down.

Anyway I was very lucky to have this opportunity, so I will like to thank the people at JAPIC and my professor that has an office besides my research room. Well that was a lot of tying, oh ya and I was able to have one of the illustrated frame that Joseph Pierce has used in “A Family Portrait.” I will definitely frame and put it up on my wall.



One Response to “Animation Night in Kyoto”

  1. STEEZY March 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM #

    How is pixilation different from stop motion?

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