Tutorials

BEGIN TUTORIALS HERE AT DIFFERENT LEVELS
Go to Stratacut 101

Stratacut 101

BASIC FIRST CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPALS. START HERE!

Go to Stratacut 201

Stratacut 201

Good basic quick animation, with effective results.

Go to Stratacut 301

Stratacut 301

Here I show how to make on of the basic simple animations you can do with ‘time sculpture.’

Go to Stratacut 401

Stratacut 401

How to pull clay out of molds and put them together later to create a time extruded strata cut animation cycle.

Go to Stratacut 102

Stratacut 102

Moving on into super simple ideas of potential movement inherent with cutting shapes to create a reveal.

Go to Stratacut – 202

Stratacut – 202

Second of two clips showing how to make a fire work animation.

Go to Stratacut – 302

Stratacut – 302

This kind of shows a quick idea of the 301 demo in action. The demo would be much better in the blinks and looking from side to side … this was done in front of a live audience in Rio in 2011

Go to Stratacut – 402

Stratacut – 402

Continuation of De-mold Demo,

Go to Stratacut – 103

Stratacut – 103

Getting a bit further into basics. Pre-distortion as you go faster side to side …

Go to Stratacut – 203

Stratacut – 203

Fire works are everywhere in this clip, and the 201 and 202 demo before this explains how i did that

Go to Stratacut – 303

Stratacut – 303

Equal part color balls, are shaped into a two sided tilde or s curve cupped shape,

Go to Stratacut – 403

Stratacut – 403

To hi light or accentuate the walk colors, a rim light or very thin extra color is added before the parts or pieces are put together. Must contour and flow with the main parts.

Go to Stratacut – 104

Stratacut – 104

A simple extruded undulating squiggle is also a simple world line moving across time.

Go to Stratacut – 204

Stratacut – 204

I did a lot of mushroom cloud explosions in Buzz Box, back in 1983/84. I liked it because it was a kind of easy way to ‘see’ the animation grow …

Go to Stratacut – 304

Stratacut – 304

Cut up live in Rio, 2011, this is not a perfect example of rotating ball, it’s a little sloppy and fast, but it get’s the point across.

Go to Stratacut – 404

Stratacut – 404

How to work the TORSO or upper body above the legs, as we put together the walk cycle.

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David Daniels

The Insanimator

In addition to being a master of cinematic storytelling and bringing life to animated characters, “Insanimator” (and BENT IMAGE LAB co-founder) David Daniels has a staggering list of professional achievements, one of them being inventing an entirely new animation medium. Coined STRATA-CUT. The technique involves a time/space motion/sculpted approach to clay animation, unlike anything else.

With a Masters Degree in Animation from Cal Arts, Daniels’ expertise includes computer, clay, foam, character, and mixed-media animation. Early in his career, he animated some of the most remembered parts of Pee Wee’s playhouse, and large sections of Peter Gabriel’s ground-breaking music video Big Time. David later directed the original twelve M & M spots, helping define the CG designs of Yellow, Blue, Red and Green personalities that are still being used over a decade later. His industry bling includes a first place AICP award, Clios, Mobius awards and Daytime Emmys. His Clients include HP, Fox, MTV, NBC, Pepsi, Nabisco, Mars, Tinactin (with John Madden), and Kelloggs’. David’s work for Coca Cola on “Hidden Formula” (co-directed with Ray DiCarlo) challenges the viewer’s perception of scale and physical relationships, employing “Smallgantics” and “Bigatures,” two methods created in collaboration with the BENT team.

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