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    Top Movies of the 2016: Heart of a Dog

    Posted on Aug 4, 2016 2:07:32 PM by Jordan Wippell in 2016, in animation, in artistic, in best, in Blogs, in Digital Video, in laurie anderson, in movie, in music, in Philosophical, in top, in University of Advancing Technology, in drawing, in experimental, in favourite, in feature, in film making, in UAT

    2016 has been a fairly decent year for cinema so far. I found it to be particularly strong in the independent cinema front or perhaps my taste is learning more towards more unseen releases. Either way I decided to put together a cliché list of my favorite films that I see throughout the year. Below is the second.


    I discovered the musical and storytelling talents of Laurie Anderson back in 2010 and have been a huge fan ever since. Her avant-garde approach to composition and multimedia projects have made her an important voice in the independent art world. If your unfamiliar with her work, Anderson’s most famous and accessible piece of music can be heard here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vkfpi2H8tOE

     
    If this gives you any indication of her unique artistic abilities, it is no surprise than when she announced a feature length film I was extremely excited.

    Heart of a Dog takes traits of Anderson’s previous works and combines them into a poetic exploration of image and emotion. The film travels down many philosophical avenues, but her beloved terrier Lolabelle is very much the heart of the film. The dog is used as a gateway to explore broader ideas about grief, death, art and the animal/human connection.

    These ideas are presented through live action footage, animation, drawing and other fascinating experimental imagery. All the while Laurie narrates in her naturally soothing tone to take the viewer on a journey through her personal life in poignant and comical ways. Those who are used to Laurie’s style will find themselves falling under her storytelling spell fairy quickly, others may take some time to adjust to the sporadic nature of the film.

    Lolabelle playing keyboard

     
    I was incredibly moved by this slice cinematic poetry and it quickly became one my favorites films of the year. It’s quite hard to define exactly what makes this film so affecting and think a lot of this is due to Laurie's mastery at melding together personal ideas and making them universal. Anyone who has tried to create, lost a loved one or owned an animal will surely walk away with something very touching and real.

    In one particular sequence Laurie speaks about the little “squiggles things” we see in the corners of our eyes when we catch it in the right light. She relates this concept to that of a mini experimental movie that is created by the body and mind intended to capture the simple beauty of seemly inconsequential things.

    Another hilarious scene finds Laurie telling the story of her live performance piece in Sydney, Australia were she used certain frequencies to perform to a crowd of howling hounds and yapping puppies. Her vocal delivery alone invites the viewer into her strange world of performance and dogs. There is something thrilling hearing an artist speak un-apologetically about her passions and art.

    Animated Laurie

     
    One of the reasons Heart of a Dog works so well is because of its intimacy. Laurie has a knack for making the film feel as though we are having a cup of tea with and old friend that seems to love discussing simple ideas with philosophical implications. When the film came to a close I felt like I had connected with Laurie on level that many filmmakers can only dream of achieving.

    Heart of a Dog isn’t a film for everyone, but getting to spend 75 minutes with an inspiring figure like Laurie Anderson makes it something worth cherishing.

    https://youtu.be/v37BnyHefnY

     

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    Max vs. Maya - Round 2

    Posted on Jul 15, 2016 4:58:14 PM by admin in 3d modeling, in 3ds max, in animation, in Autodesk Maya, in Blogs, in Game Art, in game art and animation, in Game industry, in max, in maya, in texturing, in 3d programs

    If you've been keeping up with my blogs for the past year you may know that I've done a Max vs. Maya blog before. When I looked back at this blog I wanted to do an "updated" version. I still agree with my stance in the previous blog but I feel that throughout the rest of my time here at UAT, I've learned a bit more about each of these programs that should be taken into account, as well. You can call this an "almost graduated student’s advice about Max and Maya, with a pinch of advice on other programs too."

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    Motion Capture

    Posted on Feb 8, 2016 1:39:52 PM by admin in animation, in Blogs, in Game Art, in Motion Capture, in visual

    Hello all!

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    Anomalisa: Heart and Art

    Posted on Feb 4, 2016 2:01:15 PM by Jordan Wippell in animation, in Anomalisa, in best technology university, in Blogs, in Charlie Kaufman, in degree in digital arts, in digital filmmaking, in Digital Filmmaking Degree, in Digital Video, in film degree, in film production, in stop motion, in Degree in Film Production, in student filmmaker

    For those of your perplexed by the title of this blog post, you may be asking “What is Anomalisa?”

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    Animation That Doesn't Die

    Posted on Sep 16, 2015 10:16:08 AM by admin in 2D animation, in animation, in Blogs, in disney, in nephtali, in paperman, in duet, in glen keane

    Hello all! We have been seeing a major shift in Disney's movies as of recently. In the early 2000's Disney was still very popular with 2D animation and had started it's shift to 3D. Disney's interest in 2D animation was very quickly declining. This shift caused one famous Disney 2D animator to leave Disney. Glen Keane is one of the most famous animators in history. He worked on many movies that most of us grew up on and have loved since we were children. He is most known for being the main animator and creator or Ariel, Beast, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel. Any of your favorite animated scenes from these movies were probably done by Glen Keane. [su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL--LwIgXo4"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi7KPDi_yQI&feature=youtu.be[/su_youtube] Glen had tried to convince Disney that 2D was still important and can still be loved by many, but Disney saw more profit in shifting to 3D causing Glen to leave Disney. He completed his last short used by Disney called Paperman. [su_dailymotion url="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzt3vb_paperman_shortfilms"] Since his departure he has done many things on his own such as working with google to create an amazing animation Duet. [su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9CG_PoEWCg"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi7KPDi_yQI&feature=youtu.be[/su_youtube] After completing Duet Glen had started working on a new animation that was released a day or so ago. It's called Nephtali.

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    Cartoon Crazy Pt. 6 - Bravest Warriors

    Posted on Jun 17, 2015 3:06:31 PM by admin in animation, in Blogs, in Bravest Warriors, in Cartoon Hangover, in cartoons, in catbug, in frederator, in sci-fi

    Some of you are probably fans of science fiction. Maybe you're a fan of Adventure Time. What if you brought both of those together in a hilarious cartoon full of personality and story driven adventure? Well look no further!

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    Cartoon Crazy Pt. 3 - Over the Garden Wall

    Posted on Apr 9, 2015 4:48:52 PM by admin in animation, in Blogs, in Geeky Stuff, in Over the Garden Wall, in Student Life, in cartoon, in cartoon network, in cartoons

    I'm getting a bit teary-eyed because every one of these posts brings me closer to running out of cartoons I'm up-to-date or familiar with. Also, you'll be crying with this next entry:

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