Animation Inspiration 110

I feel like it’s been ages since I threw up some inspiration on this blog. Been prioritizing other projects that are of a larger scope and letting my Friday posts slide a bit. I’ll work on posting more inspirational posts in the future.

YIN teaser | by Nicolas Fong | Tumblr: those-visions-have-no-end

Loving the textures, cel animation, and optical illusional style of this teaser. I’m excited to watch the full short. Keeping an eye out for this!

A is for Albert | By Studio Lovelock |

Love this alphabetical adventure following a feisty child named Albert. He really loves to help out, fix things, negotiate, and party. Enjoying that every letter has its own story featuring him. Great animation and very fun to watch!

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Looking forward to the weekend! Hope everyone else is too and excited for my Monday post. Make sure to check back then because it’s a special Valentine edition!

~Kendall Hotchkiss




Title Sequence Contest | Research

So, my brain is spinning. I found this contest to make your own title sequence in the style of an existing one [link], and now I’m breaking down from too many ideas. THIS IS ONE OF THE DREAM JOBS GUYS. Basically I’m overloading and have to pick now ’cause the contest ends on the 16th. Will still be working on my selfi animation and other videos at the same time, but they’ve shifted down in priorities because of this contest!

So far I’ve been crawling through Art of the Title trying to pick ones that I know that I can make in the time left and that I actually have the skills to create. I would love to create a 3D one, but I don’t have any 3D software to work with…so I’m stuck with 2D and film sequences. The thing that I’m struggling with is if I should go from title sequence to subject or subject to title sequence? Either one can work in this case since it’s a contest.

If I go subject to title sequence I’ve started to look at books for inspiration. One of the ideas I’ve had is to create title sequences based on books using character names and publishers and editors as the names. I plan to use a book as inspiration for the opening sequence. The 3 books that are contending right now are Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There are more on the list, but I made myself pick the top 3 for sake of narrowing down something tonight.

From those I have an overall design choice to make. I’ve left links to a few I’m considering for ideas. I’m not set on anything obviously, but I’m working on gathering all my thoughts together so I can get a jump on animating and designing asap. I’m gathering sequences I can recreate in the timeframe and will lend themselves to the stories of the books. I would love to make their own original ones in the future, but for now this will be a fun challenge!

Super excited! Hope you watch the ones below for inspiration!

Man Seeking Woman | By Digital Kitchen

Narcos | By Digital Kitchen

The Interview | By LAUNDRY

Juno | By Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee

Napoleon Dynamite | By Jared Hess

The Conjuring | By Aaron Becker (Filmograph)



Special Thank you to Art of the Title for serving as my hub for finding all these amazing title sequences and for providing me with inspiration! Also to Pond5 & Red Giant for putting on this contest! Super excited to start working on something and will be keeping you updated as I narrow down my subject and start creating!

Tripping over Thoughts & The Raven Boys Book Review

I don’t know what it is, but I’m just smitten with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I started trying to hand letter the title again. There’s just something about this book that makes me fall head-over-heels for it. I honestly was going to work on my Snackadoodle animation and start refining my script for my Untitled second animation. I picked up The Raven Boys book again for a little research for an art project, instead I found myself rereading it. Just drinking up the words.

I’ve been trying to make a coherent paragraph on this book, but I just can’t seem to express these feelings I have. I feel drunk on the pages and like I’m eating chocolate at the same time. It’s just such a strange thing to describe the power this book has over my creativity. I’ve been sitting on so many ideas for creating, and yet I haven’t done them. WHY HAVEN’T I MADE FANART? This is me being uncomprehending of this blasphemy. I don’t think I’ve been this excited to make something since Hannibal. And I created a whole brand for that TV show just because I could. Logo, patterns, and a whole lot of silhouettes.

Just tripping over my thoughts today.

So making this relevant to storytelling with a quick synopsis and a short spoiler-free review.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is about Blue Sargent. She comes from a family of fortune tellers, and everyone has some kind of prediction ability except for Blue. Her family has told her for as long as she can remember that she will kill her true love. The story centers around her coming of age and meeting a group of boys that attend the all boys school, Aglionby Academy. They are known as Raven Boys. One of the boys in this group is supposedly her true love. There more to the story, but I don’t want to give anymore away if you want to read the book, which I suggest you do.

I thought it was a rich narrative with a voice I haven’t really encountered. I don’t know if I just haven’t read books with Stiefvater’s style of writing or if she’s just very unique in her own style, but I really love the way she structures this story. The narrative is well done and pacing is great. There’s a ton of world building and a great sense of detail that makes the world seem real.

The characters and how they are depicted in this narrative is a little hyperbolic, but still rooted in real emotions and life. This makes the characters feel very real and full of layers. It is a fantasy book, but there is a nice realistic feeling that contrasts all of that. Example is that Blue’s family deals in predictions, but at the same time it’s set in a modern type setting. So there’s magic but there’s also cars and they still go to school (unlike some high school TV dramas, looking at you Pretty Little Liars). It creates this picture of what we think of fortune tellers to be by making it feel modern with very sceptical and vague predictions. On the other hand you have very mystical scenes that happen in the book which are described in a realistic tone. It reminds me of that feeling where you turn in a test and you’re just so sure you failed. Absolutely positively failed that. And then you get your test back, and somehow you passed and got a high grade. So it’s that feeling of knowing you did well, but you’re not at all sure how you pulled off this miracle test grade. I guess that’s the closest feeling I can think of to describing the way Stiefvater wrote this book.

The plot develops quickly and goes in unique directions. I can’t say a lot without spoilers, but I really enjoyed the twists near the middle and end of the book. I could say more, but I want to leave some excitement for my creative projects I plan on making. There’s just so many things in this story that make me want to wildly create fanart. I forgot how powerful the story was for a little while there. I’ve been wrapped up in other stories and thinking about my projects, so, when I just started skimming and then rereading it just made me remember how much I loved the book.

5/5 Stars because I’m still drooling over it.