Friday, January 2, 2015
animal advent ala ed emberley: director's commentary 21-25
The copy of Emberley's book I grew up with had a square on the back cover and the caption "What can you make from this shape? An Ape!"
I made this one fairly early on in the sequence, after the whale, and when i started thinking that every puppet should have some kind of interaction. Its zoom effect is testament to how I made every puppet scalable - most of the puppets don't leverage that much, but I tried to reduce the amount of magic numbers and hardcoding.
Actually, this is one of the few others that does use the scaling as well! These entries from the last few pages of the book really have a lot of nice detail and elegance.
On the home stretch. The disorder of the boxes really adds to the personality of this one, and I worked to make the jaw snap.
What a beauty this one is! Very tricky making all those funky S-shapes. The fire and smoke was my own creation. I was pleased with the way I got the legs moving.
The only one that is my own design - and that has its own color palette, distinct from the animal puppets. (It's funny comparing his design to my old Advent santaskate - that the two are so similar reinforces the idea that Emberley was a lasting influence that I reinvoked when I started making processing applets without importing graphics.)
This Santa is actually an homage to a cardboard advent calendar I grew up with, and still makes a seasonal appearance at my mom's house... I made an animated GIF of it a while back, but the short of it is for my folks the pullstring was a slightly naughty joke.
I think I recycled some code from the whale for the presents, but added rotation. (Come to think of it, it's just my old Advent giftplosion.)