Hi guys, we just finished up school last week and it's been a blast. Will Vinton's class in the Fall taught us how to animate puppets, but didn't focus much on the facial expression aspect in a hands-on way. That's where Master Animator and Director Barry Bruce came in. This is the first time he has taught a class at NW Film Center, and I can't think of someone more suited for the job. The techniques are simple but effective, and the critiques the night of the showing of our final projects was invaluable. It's really been a great honor and another childhood dream come true for me.
Helper Brain Animation is just the moniker I used for school assignments, but I would like to turn it into a real company. The name is a reference to a funny line in Will Vinton Productions' mid-80's short film, "Dinosaur". At one point a character in voice over says "did someone take out your helper brain?" It makes me laugh. But I think this is more in line with how I am in public (and harder to impersonate). It's less subversive than the other animation and music, and comedy, but I'm in my late 30's, so that just as well. I guess, take it as proof that we all eventually mellow with age no matter how rowdy and punky we once were. We all end up doing what best suits our personalites. For me, that's stop motion. I positively love it and it's what I always return to. It's one of the only things I really know how to do.
Anyway, without further exposition, here isthe final project. Hope you like it, it's a little less "adult" than my usual stuff.