I'm at the moment studying CGI animation, but as some of you might know my passion, love and life lies in stop motion animation. a way that I had wondered away from lately, but the fire has bin let once more.
During the past two days I have spent my time listening to Peter Lord, one of the men behind Aardman animation, and one of the biggest inspirations for me without whom I probably never had gone in to animations at all. I got so inspired that I immediately wanted to go in a small room, close the door and turn all my attention to a little doll!
I have so many ideas, and so much inspiration at the moment, but I don't have the space. But if we are lucky (me and my little family) we are getting a four room's apartment instead of this two room. Then my son will have his own room, and we will have a working space, where I would be able to do some animations again.
I'm working on an updated version of my first recurrent animated character, Llessley. I made 7 or 8 films with him 7 or 8 years ago when I just tried to learn how to animate and now I'm working on bringing him back, when I know how to animate. I actually made the puppets head back then as an update for a project that never came to life, but now I know so much more of the technical parts on making puppets, so I have done some changes. The head are going to be made of silicone, and he is going to be able to change his hairstyle because the hair and the beard are molded separately. He now also will be able to speak (he couldn't before)
The style that this will be animated is in a way as before. He will move around in the "real" world that wee live in, but he will still be small. So I will shoot the scenes in live action, and then animate him in to it by using green screen. By doing this I can have people be in the picture at the same time as Llessley do his things, without using a good Pixillation actor, and there fore I can use for example my son who is 9 and a half mount old. And the animation set don't have to be as large, and I don't need that much lights!
I took the opportunity to get Peter Lord's book Cracking Animation, and his latest film Pirates signed by him also. And I gave him a dvd with some of my films on it, and I hope that he likes them. He will be the first next to my girlfriend to see one of the films (she saw it for the first time the night before I gave him the dvd). I have shown lots of people the trailer, but never shown the film (it is still not completed, but it is several minutes instead of a few seconds)
I want to get back in stop motion animation. And one of my biggest dreams would be to work at Aardman