mari jaye blanchard

Shining a Light on Arcs…

I noticed students were having a bit of trouble following arcs in their last assignment, so today I handed them flashlights and asked them to act out a simple action.  We took long exposures of four seconds of movement to see that every action was filled with traceable arcs…I was pleasantly surprised at the results!

NYFA comes to Rochester!

I was honored to speak this weekend during the New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) presentation at Flower City Arts Center to promote NYFA’s programming for artists.  After arriving here from Brooklyn two years ago, I have been impressed with spirit of artists in this city, and want them all to know that NYFA houses many resources they could be utilizing!

Felicity Hogan and Judy Cai touched upon many of those resources including:

Fiscal Sponsorship

Online Resources including comprehensive classifieds and an artist hotline

NYFA Fellowships

NYFA Learning

Great to meet some new folks at the event, and to know that they’ll be spreading the word to other Monroe County makers about this wonderful organization!

 

 

NYSCA/NYFA Resources and Services Talk, Flower City Arts Center, August 2017. Photo: Judy Cai

PREtty Impressive!

Spent my third summer teaching the Summer PreCollege Animation Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and these high school students never cease to amaze me!  For two weeks we covered the entire production pipeline, from the principles of animation and story creation to storyboarding and animation production.  They completed the films below in only five days! An incredible feat by any standard.

Give a dog a bone…

Created this clip to show how the skeleton of a human figure lines up with the skeleton of a dog.  Not entirely anatomically correct, but it certainly helps in the conversation of where the dog’s “knees” actually are!

Years in the making…

Happy Belated Independence Day!

I have fallen behind with posts because of many exciting things (and many things that are not as exciting but part of being a full-time teacher of animation!), but I am happy to say that my Mutoscope, almost two years in the making, should be flipping an animation very, very soon!  It has taken a veritable village to get this thing made, but there’s finally an end in sight!

Posts coming soon of the finished product…once it’s finished!

…every single inch of ground…

Thanks to some amazing colleagues, students and the always-up-for-a-challenge Greg Condon, we were able to complete this pixilation short in Mount Hope Cemetery after a one take, 10-hour shoot on October 17th (the ONE sunny day in the entire month and two weeks before Susan B. Anthony’s grave site was visited by thousands of people who had cast their votes).  May we treasure every single inch of ground we have gained, and protect it for all it’s worth.

Putting the “Pre” in Unprecedented!

For the second year in a row, I spent two weeks in NYC with some incredibly talented, dedicated high school students as part of SVA’s PreCollege Animation Program.  And, for the second year in a row, I was blown away by the determination and work ethic displayed by each and every one of them.  We worked together from 9 in the morning until 4 in the evening, five days each week, and I swear to you they got up from their Cintiq tablets all of three times in ten days. ;)  Congratulations to all of my Summer 2016 students, the world awaits your talents!

“Tired Tongues” at Westbeth Gallery!

In between teaching at SVA for the past two weeks, David Yockel Jr. and I completed a film for the NYFA fellows exhibition “Decensortized: A Safe Space” opening THIS Friday, August 5th, from 6-9pm at Westbeth Gallery (55 Bethune Street NY,NY).

The film is made up of over five hundred Pollack Flavor Co. stickers I found by the roll in a dumpster a few years ago.  I wrote David’s poem, word by word, on each sticker, and we photographed them throughout Brooklyn over several sticky, sweaty days!  Though in hindsight I would have shot even more frames per sticker, I am super psyched with the results, and will definitely be putting the stickers to use again in the future.  If you would like to express yourself through flavor stickers this Friday, head on over the Westbeth Gallery…there will be stickers there waiting for your own hand drawn message!

It’s ALLiiiiiiiiive!

I cannot totally believe it myself, but this morning Kate Cosden and I turned the (hand-built) crank of an actual, functioning Mutoscope (sans animation for now!).  My welds are garbage, and there’s not a single set of parallel edges to be found, but I’d like us all to focus on the fact that it works!!

 

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