Tuesday, 11 October 2016

CG Artist Toolkit: Animation & Character - Lesson 03 (Don Hertzfeldt and Lotte Reiniger)

Don Hertzfeldt

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Don Hertzfeldt (Figure 1) - animator, artist and independent filmmaker best known for his work on such a movies as Rejected(2000), World of tomorrow (2015), Everything will be ok (2006), Such a beautiful day (2012).

WORLD OF TOMORROW from don hertzfeldt on Vimeo.

Don's method is self-taught and unorthodox. His work is spontaneous, experimental and improvising. That is because he is often not using scripts for his films, animations or photography process. He just brings concepts which he shaping and creating along during a months. In this creative process he usually is not using computer. He works with traditional media and that makes him draw each frame individually. This method and process makes his work so authentic with jittery, kinetic appearance.
“Some people can do great things with CG, but that world just doesn’t interest me or inspire me. I’ve never felt really creative or intuitive using software. I like paper and pens and paint. I need to angle real lights on my artwork and work with my hands and build props. Computers just take all that fun out of it.” (Hertzfeldt)

Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger is germane animator and director born more than 100 years ago. Her work is hypnotic, painstakingly crafted out of snippets of card and wire and animated by hand and have influenced generations of film-makers and artists.

She made one of the world’s first animated fantasy film called The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). Lotte is  also well known for her work on The HPO (1938) and Däumlienchen (1954). She created a lots of short animations for children as well.

Lotte used to collaborate with her husband Carl Koch who mostly worked with camera as she had an amazing hand skills cutting the silhouettes out of the paper. 



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