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Monday, July 07, 2008


I shot this sequence of images for an assignment in a photo design class several years ago. I just got around to scanning them into the computer. This was the first time I got a taste of what it might be like to do animation. Shortly afterwards, I changed my class emphasis from Graphic Design to Film Production. This is what people commonly describe as "catching the bug." I admit it still has a hold on me.


Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! I forgot all about that guy. It's nice to see that he's still hanging in there : )

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The brow wiping at the end is perfect, Tas- I felt a little like I was looking at a flip book. Remember flip books?

2:32 PM  
Blogger Cayenne Linke said...

Lovely! Such a nice clean feel to the set and lighting. I think you should have him ass up with a bottle of hootch in one hand as the last frame. "Perseverence - The Rest of the Story..." :]

2:34 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

Katie, yes I definitely do remember flip books. I have a few here at home. I especially love the Victorian peep show type flipbooks and the ones that look like silent films.

did you know I used to work for a person who made flipbooks a few years ago? *sigh* I miss working at that place. it was nice and mellow.

Cayenne, I'm going to have to employ you as a script consultant for my next project. it will be money well-spent.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

added comment by email: my friend Andy said that my photos reminded him of this cd cover:

listening to the youtube version, I can't imagine trying to animate that one. he'd have to be moving along a lot faster! :P

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think my favorite is this one:

Like he/she is stopping to pause for a moment on the way

5:33 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

yeah, it's like the magician's pause before he does his next trick. I think it's a he btw although there has been no firm confirmation either way ;)

5:45 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

these are great! i feel very invested in his important little endeavors.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are tableaux of choreographic exercises. Your geometric man arrives to address the audience. He then shows-off how he can handle real geometries (cubes, cylinders). These tasks can only be achieved with the finest placement of his manly grace. With chores completed, he celebrates his grace with an un-pragmatic exclamation point (the handstand)! Unlike Camus, your Sisyphus is not a miserable cog trapped by the periodicity of mass production, who only ‘lives’ when he gets to ponder on his misery at each trough. Rather, he celebrates by exercising his graceful body.

The last tableaux is an epilog: He ‘breaks the fourth wall’ between actor and audience by closing with a parenthetical oof (or, whhew [is that how it’s spelled?]). Thus he exposes himself as a performer rather than in his acting role.

Of course, as with all puppet masters, by test-flying him through his paces, this is really you showing-off your legerdemain through him. Take a bow (or have him do it for you).

Leger’s Men in the City:

[Durer and Schon did some pre-humanist depictions of platonic humans, but I can’t find the pics]


1:36 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thanks for stopping by mr. toober. I like your clever use of the word "legerdemain" and the artist's name Leger. I also liked the Leger painting "Men In The City."I do indeed sense a kinship. now if only I feel as enthusiastic "at the trough" as my own puppet, that would be real progress ;)

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

graphically and metaphorically, it really puts me in mind of "The Prisoner"... very cool series, Tas!

6:41 AM  

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