I'd just like to share with you guys some of my favorite animations and why i love them. I'll start with my favorite:
Thought of You
This one is done by Ryan J Woodward, who is an amazing effects animator, his work seen in osmosis jones, the iron giant, and quest for camelot. The reason i love it is because he decided to use life drawings for every frame (or drawings based on life drawings) you can really see the force and the structure behind each pose, and can dissect them easily. You can also really feel the emotion in all the characters' movements and he even adds those little subtle things that really make the animation feel alive. This animation is my main inspiration and if you haven't already seen it i beg of you to go watch it right now! I've only been able to catch 3 problems in it, one major one being the obvious tween towards the end that really pulls me out of the animation unfortunately.
This video i love because it really shows you how easily your eye is able to follow the movement provided the movement is there and it's good. The face that the drawing style keeps changing is a good show of different sketches, styles, and ways you can represent people, and i find it fun to just pause randomly every so often to see what they've done for that frame. Almost each frame is a completely different person/drawing. It shows you what animation really is. Not the quality of line, not the character design, but the movement. And it will always be about the movement.
This is my favorite stop motion animation. For starters, i love the music as it really adds to the absurdity of the world they character is in. Secondly, the fact that they used an actual human for the main character prop is a really good show of how your eye perceives movement differently when presented with the principles of animation, as well as the frame rate and natural inconsistency that comes with it.
This is a 3D animated video in which they made characters designed to look like puppets, and man they really pull it off. The animation has some flaws (mostly intentional to follow the style of puppet shows), but the animation really is well done and quite complex. I love the impact shown by the smaller man as he throws his shovel over his shoulder and hits himself over the head. The thing that he does with his hat right afterwards really brings him to life as well. Gives him this really human feel.
12 Drawings a Day
This one was made over the course of three years, and it really shows! You can easily see his progression over the years in his quality of line, animation skills, and drawing style. The animation is all quite good and has a certain surrealism that i would really like to see more of.
going to the store.
This one is just silly. The guy (who was the lead animation director on Tron: Legacy) made a video full of walk cycles that are all completely terrible while still showing amazing skill in animation. What the fuck. Oh and he uh, made a cool music video too