Monday, February 24, 2014
Conceptual art for the Laughter pub scene, followed by a still from the rough animation.
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.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Doing Riverdance with a Peg Leg
I love the education opportunities that come with animating an independent film. Will it ever apply anywhere else? Doesn’t matter. I have a scene in Fish Head where there is a line up of toothless fishermen ( and a woman) riverdancing. So, find reference, study the moves. Each body shape has a different application to the dance. The weight. The leg length. Now throw in the fact that 3 of the fisherman have fake wooden legs.
Nothing comes up on you tube of riverdancing with a peg leg. Hmmmm,,,,
Try it. Throw it away. Try it again. Does it bend at all?
Time for dinner…. Try it again… time for breakfast….
I think I got it. I’ll get some rest and look at it again and see if I like it.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Huffington Post did a feature on me today. If you would like to check it out, its here.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Portrait of me hanging on the “Wall of Creators” at Nickelodeon studios.
My former student Cole Rathacker was touring the Nickelodeon studios this week and took this pic of my portrait on the wall.
I think it must have been commissioned by one of the executives I didn’t get along with.
I don’t know.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
A Proud Teacher
I’m proud to say that one of my students from my 2011 Master class ( That the lectures I have available right now here) had his show picked up by Nickelodeon and it’s making it’s debut on February 17th.
Gary Di Raffaele co-created the show “Breadwinners” that will be airing on Nickelodeon. It has some good buzz and I wish Gary all the best!
I’m a little boastful I suppose of the amount of creators stemming from my crews on both shows ( including J.G Quintel of the “Regular Show”) who went on to create and produce their own shows, but now I can start adding students of mine. I guess I’m just proud.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Or does it? Having a studio at home has it’s good qualities and bad. The bad news is that you can get distracted. The good news is that there are wonderful distractions to be had if you hit a snag. If I take a moment to pick up my baby son and get a big drooling slobbery kiss from him, that keeps me going. I can be called to dinner. I can walk to work in the morning.
I don’t like the daily life of errands and bill paying and what not. Don’t like it. Kills momentum. And that I’ve taken on more of the independent filmmaker role, it comes with it’s stress over money. Don’t like that. But it comes with the territory. Somehow, it always works out. Paying for my baby’s hospital stay last year is not helping matters. But I’d pay anything to have my baby’s health in good form.
It always works out. The life of an artist.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
New Memberships for Animation Classes- Go At Your Own Pace
I’m really excited to offer up this new format of my very popular master classes. I’ve had requests for providing instruction in a more flexible and cost effective manner. I feel the hard work was worth it.
I’m offering 3 separate classes, “Crafting a Cartoon”, “Pitching a Cartoon Series’, and “How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist”. Each class has over 6 hours of lectures plus downloads. Subscribe for one, or add two and three for major savings. The gold membership of all three classes comes with an autographed edition of my book “Creating Animated Cartoons with Character”. Check it out.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas to you all!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Due to popular request, I’m offering up my original lectures for 3 classes for viewing and learning, along with the assignments and downloads. Due to project commitments, I won’t be available for review or interaction, but I wanted students to have access to the material if they needed it. You can purchase it to view for a limited time, or to own.
Check it out here: joemurraymasterclass.com
Thursday, December 12, 2013