Things have been a bit busy these past couple of weeks. At the moment I'm currently working on a trailer for the And/or Book Awards. The award is the UK's leading prize for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. They are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and so they've asked us to create a 1-min animation to commemorate.
As well as this we're also beginning the development stage of our graduation film. I'm just going through old sketchbooks at the moment looking for ideas so pretty soon the whole process will be well underway!
I also went to see Russian animator Andrey Khrzhanovksy give a talk on the avant-garde composer Alfred Schnittke with whom he collaborated on several films. Khrzhanovsky stated that he would often plan out the flow of an animation so that Schnittke would have a guide to begin composing the music. I thought it was interesting to hear how animation (something that quite often is painstakingly slow) collaborates with music (something that is so flowing) I'm in a similar situation at the moment myself for the And/or trailer so I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Khrzhanovsky has the distinction of creating the only animated film (The Glass Harmonica) to be banned totally during the time of the Soviet Union. I managed to make a few sketches in the dark during the talk and also a couple on the journey. Until next time..