mari jaye blanchard

ILSSA North Mountain Residency

Just spent a few days down in West Virginia at the North Mountain Residency with other ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts) members and am re-energized as a teacher AND a human being!  Workshops varied from book-binding to sonic meditation to vintage animation, which is the discussion I led and which pleasantly surprised me in terms of everyone’s focus, efforts and results.  They can all be seen here, including a song sung during dinner-prep that I absolutely had to include.

Farmer to Light Table

Sometimes I’ll try the assignments I give my students so I can see where they might get hung up.  Here’s a rough test of a farmer slipping around in mud, in perspective.  I got hung up on the timing and arm movements, so I made a point of discussing both again in class. My favorite part of teaching is how much I get to learn!

Zombie Boyfriend Lip Synch

Made a sample recording for my Dynamics class, and though I cringe at the sound of my own voice, I felt it important that they see the audio all the way through to the lip-synch, so I gave it a shot.  Disclaimer…this audio may or may not be true…

 

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!