After Effects piece - "Jeeves-e"

Learning the basics of After Effects allowed me to take the various poses of my robot butler character Jeeves-e and animate him moving within the b+w 2D space the the full color 3D space (* a big nod to the hugely influential work of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, particularly his chapter on the human brain's desire and ability for thematic and visual closure).

Combining scanned images from 1980s era Architectural Digest Magazines and the soundtrack from the BBC show Upstairs, Downstairs, this piece playfully gives life to the idea that as Jeeves-e travels between the 3D color frames of the comic and the 2D b+w between-spaces, he also connects and exists within the castle's rooms and charmingly aloof characters.  Voiceover brilliance provided by Soni Strandell!

from Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

from Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Stop Motion piece - "Transient Conversations"

In our first Animation class assignment, Mithru, Utsav and I set out to make a piece of stop-motion featuring the onion skin function in Dragon Frame.  This allowed our cells to animate with a very natural motion.  We were interested to make a comment on the (d)evolution of human to human interaction as connected to personal tech advancements, to highlight the ways that cellphones and perhaps virtual reality remove our interest and ability to connect with one another.  We focus in on this irony by beginning with a "natural" conversation, and then watching it crumble and dissolve quickly as tech enters the picture.