Animators are lazy folks
That’s what they say.
Because we animators love working with repeatable movements. Animation usually is such a huge amount of work, that we’re always glad if we can take a short cut or two.
Two weeks ago I taught an animation workshop at the museum MARTa Herford, and one of the kids had finished his claymation project early. He asked me if I’d had another idea what he could do, and I said, “Do you want to give drawn animation a try?”, and he was like, “okay, sure!”
So I gave him pegbars, a punch and a basic introduction and left him while some of the other kids needed my help.
Ten minutes later he came with 12 drawings of a moving flame, a cut-out chimney, and asked: “We can cycle an animation, can’t we?” I nodded, “Yes, of course!” And he said, “Well, can you then make it a minute long or so?”
Now that’s what I’d call thinking and acting efficiently. But I did.
So, lay back, relax and enjoy
I suppose animation is all about cheating… If we animators would love reality, we probably had another job. What do you think?
Have a good start into the week!
PS Do you know these fireplace DVD you can buy (like these)? Did you know that it’s been one of the first uncommented artistic intervention on German TV in 1969? Gerry Schum produced a video of Jan Dibbets called TV As a Fireplace, that showed a filmed, well, fireplace. Just sayin’.