Vice News

We animated a segment for Vice News!

Titled, "Are we living in a computer simulated reality?", it looks at the theory posited by Nick Bostrom and the thoughts and opinions surrounding it.

The team at Vice News working on this piece gave us an enormous amount of freedom to create as we liked. It was an incredibly positive experience and we are deeply grateful to Linsay Van Dyke who brought us in to this project.

Shennong Festival

Shennong, mythical god emperor from ancient China credited with inventing herbal medicine, agriculture and tea, among other things, has been a strong source of influence on a personal animation we are creating. On 11/23 we were fortunate to visit a shrine dedicated to the figure in Tokyo. The shrine contains a wooden statue of Shennong, created during the Edo period, and is only open to the public for one hour, one day a year as part of the Shennong Festival. Many top players in medicinal businesses and research groups were present to pay their respects. 


11/23、古代中国の医薬と農業、そして喫茶の祖である神農を祀る文京区・湯島聖堂で神農祭に参加してきました。この日は神農廟にある木製の像が1年に1度、数時間だけ一般公開される日。
いま制作中のアニメーションにも強い影響を与えている神農さんをわずか1週間の滞在中にお詣り出来たこと、とてもラッキーでした。

Opertura Animation Camp

  From 7/16 - 21 we taught an animation camp for girls at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

Opertura Animation Camp

The camp focused on the type of animation we typically create ourselves: 2D, hand-drawn animation, but also branched into stop-motion, comics, watercolors and a variety of exercises useful for developing characters and story.

It was a great experience for us and we look forward to working with young people again in the future!

Snowfarm

We just finished leading our second (one session on 7/4 the other on 7/18) day-long Overture animation workshop at Snowfarm's high school summer camp! Two groups of highly enthusiastic, incredibly skilled artists went all out for 6 hours over lights boxes and computer monitors - it was impressive and very encouraging!

As before we focused on basic structures and movement and key animation concepts and the students all came up with their own inventive takes. We've shared some photos from the two days below.

2年目のスノーファームアートスタジオでの夏の高校生ワークショップに参加してきました。昨日7/18と7/4の2回です。(昨年の模様

今回もまずは優美な死骸ゲームをやって少し緊張をほぐしてから、1日(6時間)でキャラクターデザインとそのキャラクターを動かしましょうという、簡単でもあり大変なものでした。本当に毎回驚くのがここに集まる生徒たちの集中力のすごさ。ランチタイムが始まって何度か呼びかけても誰もテーブルから立ち上がろうとしないし、最後も本来は3時半で片付け開始なのに4時過ぎてもまだ作業に集中してる子がいて…気持ちはとてもわかる。一回始めるとはまっちゃうんだよね〜と思いながらもほらほら急げと移動を促さないといけなかったのがちょっと残念でした。でも家に戻って続きをやればいいんだよ。コラボの相手を見つけてもうどこまでもいってほしいなあ。2回のワークショップの写真をいくつか紹介します。

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Take

Take Magazine just started a creative-focused video series and their first episode is on Overture! You can catch a glimpse of how we work and listen to edited ramblings on how we started, why and how we create.

ニューイングランド地方(アメリカ北東部の6州)の作家をピックアップして紹介する新しいメディア、Take Magazineのショートドキュメンタリーシリーズの第一弾としてOvertureが取材されました。撮影のクリス&クリス(カメラマン・インタビュアーの男女共名前がクリスの二人)が訪れて、いろんなことを聞いてくれました。ドキュメンタリータッチの映像のインタビューはこれが初めてかも。こんな町・場所でふたりで作っています。

Take 1 : Overture

Introducing "Take 1" - our new series of documentary shorts about creatives.Take 1 : Overture

Posted by Take Magazine on Thursday, July 2, 2015