Barnes documentary

Albert Barnes built one of the preeminent private art collections in the world.  HBO produced a documentary to explain the drive and motivations that propelled Barnes in his quest.  Limited animation was requested; however, HBO was keen on getting exactly the right expression during formative episodes in the life of young Albert.

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Children’s Festival of Reading

Promoting child literacy and literature can only be a good thing.  I figure kids have seen enough unicorns and teddy bears to hurl chunks, so I took a different path.  Good literature gives us wild imaginings our whole life.  I have no trouble imagining wild things, already.

I animated the ‘book reading’ scenes with Anime Studio Pro.  The vector and IK tools make for smooth, calm movement.  The real action, what is figuratively between the pages, has a rough line from being sketched out in Pencil open source software.  That was animated straight ahead almost as fast as I conceived it.  The color fills are in a back layer, so the sketchiness is intentionally preserved.  Backgrounds were painted simply in Photoshop.  Shadows, spotlit accenting and composites were in After Effects.