February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014


Conceptual art for the Laughter pub scene, followed by a still from the rough animation.

Animating Laughter

There’s a scene in Fish Head where the main character Blister brings his meager fish to the pub only to get ridiculed with laughter. One would think animating laughter would be over the top, but there are actually a lot of subtleties involved in it. Especially if you don’t want it to look cycled. Laughter is sometimes catching your breath, looking at what you are laughing at, and starting all over. It’s head action, shoulder action, stomach action.This is by no means Disney master animation.( My characters are not designed to move that way anyway.) I want good snap and punch, but most of all visual hilarity. Whatever style of animation achieves that is what I strive for. Don’t always get there, but I’m having a good time.

Sometimes I feel like Blister in this scene, and my film is the little fish. Some friends in the industry say “Whaaaatttt? Why are you working on this little film?”

I actually have lots of projects going on that I’m excited about. This is one of them. And I like it. It’s one of many things that bring me great satisfaction to work on.


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One Response to February 24, 2014

  1. Chris says:

    I can’t wait for you to finish this film, Joe! Are you ever going to offer this for us to buy in the future on DVD or anything or are you just going to be putting it into film festivals mostly? I would really love to own this film you are working on now. It looks marvelous!

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