Someone sensible once told me to avoid high-bit ASCII characters in unusual situations. I didn’t listen, because I like little accents and other typographic twiddles. Oh well. Hope you like (and can read) Twelve Fives Mallorca #04: Port de Soller.
Aeon Flux first appeared as part of Liquid Television back in the early 90s. In the second season, Aeon died in each episode. Anyway, it’s out on DVD, so I rented it. Found it’s been split by disc, and I have disc 3 — just the shorts, not the full-length series. Perfect.
So, in the director’s commentary on the final episode (my favourite) called Tide, Peter Chung says that he wrote this episode like a musical score, two seconds per shot. Which, coincidentally, is how I did Airport: each shot is also two seconds long. In Twelve Fives it’s five, and obviously a big part of the feel. The TLC short is also based around five seconds, though it’s less forced because of the hand-drawn style.
Why? Well, it makes structuring the audio much easier and offers a rhythmic frame onto which you can hang the images. Obviously, most traditional content doesn’t fit so rigidly, but animation often can. It’s an easy way to get started if nothing else. Oh. Peter Chung also admitted that the repetitive structure of Tide was partly so he didn’t have to draw fresh backgrounds all the time. Airport’s flat backgrounds suit the style, but also mean I didn’t need to draw them, and if it’s good enough for Peter Chung, it’s good enough for me.
(To answer the comment below, yes, I did the music too. Loops are great.)
Sorry the posting frequency’s been a little down; I’ll try to keep it a little more regular. Well, I’ve been doing a Twelve Fives podcast each week, so that’s probably part of it. (Yes, including music!)
This one took about 10 minutes for the almost-medieval music, another 15 for the editing. How it’s meant to be! Enjoy Twelve Fives Mallorca #03: Driving.
(It’s not online yet. But it will be soon, and I’ll link when it is. However, if you’ve seen the Tech·Ed animation and need me to create your next animation, just email my name at this site.)
Got to get in-world to check this out: Radio 1’s One Big Second Life Weekend. Courtesy of the lovely Alice, from Wonderland.
Though I’m busy, there was just time to put Twelve Fives Mallorca #02: Sa Calobra together. The nicely framed driving shots aren’t even mine — credit goes to my sister Beck for filming as I drove. And for saying “wheeee”.
PostSecret. Dark, funny, sad, raw. Your inner voyeur will be appeased and the kind half of you saddened.