Transmission

Formerly America's Best-Loved Unknown Cartoonist, now independently animating a feature film, "Sita Sings the Blues."

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The Ox came…

 

…and drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  …and drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for…

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just water

 

I made some improvements to the water animation cycle below. I’m quite pleased. Like waves, natural special effects don’t come intuitively to me. I didn’t know if I’d be able to figure this one out.

  I made some improvements to the water animation cycle below. I’m quite pleased. Like waves, natural special effects don’t come intuitively to me. I didn’t know if I’d be able…

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The Water came…

 

…and extinguished the Fire, that burnt the Stick, that hit the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  …and extinguished the Fire, that burnt the Stick, that hit the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

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The Fire came

…and burned the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

 

…and burned the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya  

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The Stick came…

 

and beat the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat, which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  and beat the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat, which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

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…and bit the Cat…

…that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

…that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

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The dog came….

What happens next isn’t going to be pretty. Chad Gadya

What happens next isn’t going to be pretty. Chad Gadya

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“The cat came, and ate the goat.”

Does it make sense? No. Chad Gadya.

Does it make sense? No. Chad Gadya.

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Los Gatos

Working on a cat to eat the goat. No, cats don’t eat goats, but that’s what it says in the song.

Working on a cat to eat the goat. No, cats don’t eat goats, but that’s what it says in the song.

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Waves and Locomotion

Most natural movements – runs, walks, gallops – follow wave patterns. But it’s very difficult for me to analyze such movements so I can recreate them in animation.

For this experiment I worked backwards, first creating the simple wave movements (above) and then combining them into a gallop (below).

The legs are swinging back and forth as well as waving.

I struggle to animate even a simple wave; it does not come intuitively to me. I found a way to remember with the letters C-Z-D-S. The curves of those letters resemble the 4 keyframes of a wave loop. If I can remember those 4 keyframes, I can

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One Little Goat

A little work-in-progress from Seder-Masochism. Sing along to the animated gif!

A little work-in-progress from Seder-Masochism. Sing along to the animated gif!

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