Tuesday, November 25, 2014

thanksgiving break toll

UArts Day exercise from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

today the whole school was asked to participate in a day of speed-art community building, if I interpret correctly the larger aim. animation got together to decide on a theme for a piece. two were chosen: "explosions" and "one character eats another." we ran out of time for the eating thing - two many drawings, but managed to squeeze out from 1-3 seconds per person of exploding things. my effort above.

here are a few more artifacts of the day: we created characters before rushing rashly into animation.

here's my party frog.

this fellow's even less prepared for the party.

...and this guy just got left out of events altogether.

this event could have been held a lot earlier in the semester, to allow for new friendships to spring up - at this point, everyone has final projects on their minds, and this was essentially a speed bump before thanksgiving break.

we did have a good time, and ate pizza for lunch. the animation students are a jolly bunch, a pleasure to be around, putting up with this mandatory togetherness (they were counted "absent" if they didn't show up) with good cheer and good humor.

karl did an fine job of screening inspiration in the morning, elliot finished his piece with blinding speed, and we ended up with a little pile of...explosions. will post if it gets posted.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

friend's work-in-progress

My friend Sandro Del Rosario just got a boatload of money for his film-in-progress Los Guardo Italiano. Bravo, and full speed ahead! It looks beautiful.


ALEXTRON from musecyan on Vimeo.

New film from my friend Alex, where a little guy decides to explore his world...making some festival waves. : )

Thursday, November 20, 2014

animating the critique

Animating the Critique - Teaser 01 from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

yesterday I gave a talk about a recent project I undertook to help me improve my critiquing practice in the classroom. this is the teaser for the talk, above.

there were about 6 or so participating faculty (it's a busy time of year, so the crowd was an intimate one), and they all had something to say. it didn't feel like there would be a follow-up to this, and I suspect there may have been a bit of muddle with regards to just exactly what this was all about (self-therapy for Chris? a move to change the whole university?), but you know, it's done, it materialized, and that's a good thing. I do plan on continuing this to a next phase, regardless.

many thanks to the participating critters (Ben, Steve, and Karl), whose comments were professional, insightful, illuminating, and convivial. also thanks to Andre - inspiring in his thoughtfulness and determination to get the most out of his education.

other rumblings are in the works: Philadelphia Independents, Mach II is shaping up for February, and I'm working with students on a sand animation that tells a Hawaiian legend (blog to be posted soon), in an effort to get us to the islands for a workshop (why not!). For now, here's a link to the proto version of The Village of Kepuhi we started in Object Animation class last spring.

and of course, work on The Ogre & the Mermaid carries on, with character coloring coming tantalizingly close to completion (and then it's on to waves and clouds). the music is going to have to come into play soon - got to find a composer.

before the blink of an eye, winter break will be upon us. but of course, no matter what retail tells us, there's thanksgiving to get through, first.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

the dream machine: somebody made a real 3D game.

Monday, October 27, 2014

the window exhibition opening for obstacles & barriers

collaborative project between patty, claire, and sarah, opening reception for the window on broad of "Barriers & Obstacles."

nice to see such good work having its day.

I was privileged to be asked to help out holding the adhesive in place.

fire drill

nothing like a fire drill to help you find out what's been crawling around inside the building.

check it out!

The Making of Obstacle Illusion from claire fouquet on Vimeo.

short documentary for Obstacles & Barriers, by friends Sarah Schwartz, Claire Fouquet, and Patty Smith. this was an interdisciplinary project completed a year ago at the University of the Arts, involving printmaking, dance, and music. a wonderful collaborative effort, and these two continue to work together, mining the vein of interdisciplinary, cross-cultural elements and taking full advantage of a well-populated cast of talent.

Friday, October 17, 2014

it's (too) late.

gosh, it's so late and I decided to write a post about nothing, here.

coloring ogres bit by bit, aiming towards getting all done so we can move on to waves and clouds. animating seems like fun, but the reality of sitting in front of the computer for hours with a tablet just doesn't have quite the thrill of working with paper, or puppets (though I'm not really a stop-motion type). sitting in front of the glowing screen, you don't really feel like you're "making" something, you know?

maybe it's about the storytelling. but it doesn't take this long to tell a story. it can to make one, though.

next film's gonna be short and quick.

and otherwise there's the guitar, trying to take it out to the public even though the level of playing is not where it could be right now, but that's part of the ruse of playing outside - get better.

in high school, you could stay up late and have someone else be in charge of the world. now it doesn't make a difference, and it's all up to you. but I discovered that years ago.

this is just a moment of blank space before getting up to brush the teeth and hit that hay.


a blip between beats.

on to the next thing...