THE TOPANGA MONSTER
Good morning. How are you? I thought I’d put the important thing up front for once and launch right into a brand new Monster. Karen Linderman of the Topanga Film Festival invited me to make a new Monster advertising the event, and I sprung into action. Or rather, I came up with an idea, and then asked friend of the Monsters Simone Giuliani to spring into action, which he did by writing and excellent, suspenseful 45 second music cue that became my guide for the animation part.
I’m teaching myself animation as I go along on the Monsters — you can see the very first one on Monster 10 — and because of it most of the Monsters tend to move at a rather stately pace. They also tend to inhabit smallish spaces. There’s no real reason for this beyond an odd mental barrier towards changing the size relationship of creature to sheet of paper. Well, no more of that! This time around I thought I’d try for a fast Monster in a big space. Just to see if I could.
Simone’s excellent music really spurred me on to push the speed and the mood, so that the animation could keep up with the music. I hope you enjoyed the result. (If you have a reasonably fast computer, check it out full screen. It’s quite nice that way. :^)
More Monsters are brewing.
Please stay tuned.