Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"One Dollar, One Cup" storyboards



















OH YEAH I DID THIS. These are storyboards I completed a year ago for my storyboarding class with Alice Herring at CSUF.

This is a story I made for our last assignment. I was originally gonna use these characters in a Nickelodeon shorts pitch, but I ultimately went with a different idea.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ascent comic preview


Have you guys seen the Jurassic World trailer?? GOOSE-BUMPLING, RIGHT?! Well here's a preview of a comic I was working on that will surely disappoint when juxtaposed with Chris Pratt and dinosaurs. But I tried my best.

It's called Ascent, and it's a series about a deep sea diver traveling to the surface.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Childhood animation


This animation needs no introduction!.. because I already introduced it in a gif a couple entries ago. This is my full submission from last month's Loop de Loop animation screening with the theme of "Childhood".

Sidenote, don't turn up your speakers because there's no sound to the video. Children are less annoying if they don't make sounds. (This entry just became an editorial of an old curmudgeon.)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I animated a toaster.


I work on the show Breadwinners, so *of course* my one freelance project is related to bread. For my next project I'll probably have to caricature some wheat bread. This is my life now.

This animation was done for the Youtube Channel Burnt Toast Comedy. Check em out!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6-EzI0aYLi8J9JEcqD_Nw

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Loop of Loop


I have an animation showing this Friday at the Loop de Loop screening!!The theme was "childhood". The above gif is a loop of part of my loop that will be shown... which sounds fitting for a screening called "loop de loop".

If you can't make it you can check it out my full animation here:
http://www.loopdeloop.org/2014/09/kevin-lam-childhood/

OTHERWISE...

Check it out this Friday at the Nick animation studio! RSVP! If anything, come for the tacos :)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1468686303414612/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Monday, August 18, 2014

Breaking Sad monologue animation


Spent the last couple weeks working on this monologue test. I wanted to try something a little more subtle, and not as crazy fun goofy typical-animation kind of thing, just something out of my comfort zone.

The audio is from a Breaking Bad episode called "The Fly", in which Walter White tries to crystallize his body into meth by processing it through a giant centrifuge, but mistakenly lets a fly in during the procedure and becomes half man, half fly, and an additional half meth. The story arch changed a little after that episode.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Parkour-It (post-it animation test #2)


Another animation test on post-its! The first attempt in the previous post was to just test the process of taking pics of the papers and compiling it on my phone, this one was to test the viability of more complicated animation.

(Nerdier animation stuff to follow, not for the faint of art)

The Method
I found that this animation method works well for the most part, but one limitation was that both apps I used could only compile everything on one set frame count, like just one 1's or just 2's. I can hold the frame, but even that has weird limits, so it's somewhat cumbersome if I want to get fancy by switching between 1's and 2's and 3's and 4's! (<-- makes me sound like an overzealous exercise instructor on a 1994 VHS).

The Apps
I wanted to rely only on apps so I could get an animation done anywhere, so long as equipped is a paper, pen, and my phone. So far I've only tried two iPhone apps.
OSnap - It's good because it allows for onion skinning and looping, but it's hard to edit individual frames (move them around, holding them for more frames, etc).
Stop Motion Studio - The editing and overall visualization of the animation is a lot more robust and refined, but it doesn't have looping options, and the onion skinning is somewhat limited.

If anyone has suggestions for a better app, please suggest away!

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...BAH! I said "faint of art"... I make myself chuckle with mild amusement sometimes...