Aardman Internships

I heard the greatest news few weeks ago. I will be the new intern at Aardman, in Bristol. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to live the experience.

The internship is for 3 weeks, 2 weeks working with their Assistant Animator team and a week working in one of their test bays with an Aardman character.

 

I’m also excited of moving to Bristol for a few weeks and live the vibe of that city, which I love.

 

Cheers!

Discovering Adobe Character Animation

I just discovered this article talking about new animation software from Adobe in Maximillian Zenk’s website: Adobe Character Animation.

You can combine the possibilities of Adobe Character Animator with classic Stop Motion Animation.

Combine real stop motion sequences, with Character Animator dialogue (just shoot the close up with all mouthshapes instead of complete scenes)
New formats: A daily stop motion series referring to recent topics. Using clever preanimated scenes and inserting dialogue (or monologue) easier and way faster.
Cheers!

MÚCURA: First year’s help

Last year we helped our Second Year students with they Grad Films and the experience was really nice. Now it has been our turn to be helped and I can say this time it’s been even better.

Gabriel Alvarez helped me with a back walk cycle for two characters. I’m impressed and very happy because I think this First Year students are very talented and always wanting to learn.

Here one of the characters he helped me with:

juan-process

MÚCURA: Meeting Composer

Last February we had a session to meet RCM Composition for Screen students so they can help us with our Grad Film’s music. We pitched our story to them and then they came to talk to every student they thought they can help.

For me it was Vincent Ott. One of his strengths is Latin Music which matches perfectly with my story. We stay in touch and keep updating each other.

This is our playlist inspiration (Colombian Salsa):

 

 

MÚCURA: Bones and Storyline

After I exposed my new idea about Isla Múcura in Clare’s session, I left with the bones of my story built and ready to go. Even though my story is based on a true one, some information of Luis’ story was lacking it had gaps that I had to fill with imagination until the story had sense.

BONES:

  1. Boy lives in an island
  2. He falls in love with a girl
  3. Can’t write or read -> Can’t write her a love letter
  4. Friend helps him
  5. Friend and girl fall in love and leave the island together
  6. Boy realises the importance of reading and writing and learns.

STORYLINE

  1. Luis is a shy and illiterate boy who lives in Isla Múcura (Island in the Colombian Caribbean)
  2. One day he sees Maria and falls in love with her.
  3. Luis tries to write her a letter but he can’t.
  4. Juan, his friend, helps him to write down Luis’ feelings, signed anonymous.
  5. Juan delivers the letter under a rock on Maria’s door and he leaves.
  6. Maria sees him leaving and thinks that Juan is her admirer, not Luis.
  7. Maria replies back to Juan.
  8. Juan reads Maria’s reply and falls in love with her as well.
  9. Maria and Juan start exchanging letters in secret.
  10. Meanwhile Luis checks his own rock everyday expecting a response or a sign from Maria.
  11. One day Luis sees Juan and Maria together.
  12. Luis is sad and tries to go talk to Maria to tell her he loves her.
  13. Maria and Juan leave the island together.
  14. Luis never gets to talk to Maria.
  15. Luis is devastated.
  16. Luis realises the importance of knowing how to  read and write.
  17. Luis starts to learn by himself.
  18. One day Luis and another girl have eye contact.
  19. Luis starts writing her a letter.

MÚCURA: Inspiration

During my Christmas Holidays I had the opportunity to travel to Colombia to relax and disconnect after the ENO Project.

My initial idea for the Grad Film it wasn’t very clear, something wasn’t convincing myself about it so I was doubting a lot. What I was sure about is that I have to enjoy my work and the Grad Film and do something that inspires me and that was not it.

In Colombia I spent few days in a beautiful paradisiac island, disconnected from the world. It was there where the inspiration for my new idea came to me. I was amazed by the sounds that surrounded me: the sea, the wind, the birds, the trees… I had to do something related to that place.

It was then when the guide in the hotel I was staying offered to show me Isla Múcura around. Múcura was the island next to ours and also where Luis (the guide) was born. While we were walking through the island he told me this:

“I once fell in love with a girl, here. I didn’t know how to read or write so a friend of mine helped me to write a letter for her so I could show my love for her. But in the end she fell in love with my friend instead of me and they left the island together. At that moment I realised how important was to know how to read and write.”

I saw it very clearly, I had to make a story about Luis’s experience. So I tried to take pictures of everything I could in the island just in case this was going to turn into my Grad Film.

I want to share some of them so you can see where the inspiration comes from. So happy I could meet Luis and know that amazing place.

The London Illustration Fair – 2017

Today I attended with my classmate and friend Helena Bonastre to The London Illustration Fair in South Bank.

Three floors of artwork, styles and techniques. It was an authentic visual fest. Not just the space was inspiring but also every stand had its special touch. The whole place itself had a unique vibe.

The really cool thing was that the artists were there showing their work and you could talk to them and ask about their work and process, which we did and found super inspiring.

This past month has been crazy and full of work but even at this times when you feel all the pressure, it’s good to take a deep breath, go to the outside and fill yourself with inspiration. Totally worth it!

 

Into the future

I have this feeling that it’s time for me to explore and get to know what is the industry offering. Search for animation studios that I would see myself working for in a near future. I can’t wait to start working and be part of the animation industry and I also hope that it happens before graduating from the MA.

This is a list I’ve made of studios that I would like to work for:

Passion Animation Studios, London

Studio AKA, London

Blink Ink, London

SPA Studios, Madrid

Picnic Studio, London