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7 Feb

Hi everyone.  I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I promise it’s been for good reasons; excessive business being the biggest one.  I want to try to get back into the groove of things and dedicate more time to my blog so I thought that I would post about something I love – Paperman.

I don’t know if you know this about me but I am animator.  I am currently back in school to learn more so that I can get a better / dream job.  The dream is to be a feature animator, and I am working my way there.  Keep your fingers crossed.

One thing that is really amazing about animation is you either love doing it or you hate doing it, so if you meet an animator they are almost %100 guaranteed to be completely OBSESSED with animation.

In November I got the chance to a professional conference for animators.  I met a lot of amazing people, saw a lot of incredible lectures, and geek out all the time.  I even got to meet a few of my heroes.  One of my favorite talks from the expo was a panel with the creators of Paperman.  If you have not seen Disney’s Paperman you really need to.  Disney just posted the full short on Youtube this week.

I’m about to get all animation geek on you here for a minute.  The first time I saw Paperman I was at the movies with “The Husband” to see Wreck-It-Ralph (which is also pretty amazing).  I sat there in awe at the sheer beauty of it.  It really is just gorgeous to look at and the story warms the heart.  Another thing that really amazed me was that looking at it I could not (for the life of me) tell if it was hand drawn or computer animation, which is rare for me.  When you work with CGI you can usually spot it anywhere.  The style, the animation, the story, the music, everything about this short had me amazed.  It has a nostalgic feel to it that made me feel like a kid again.  It was something exciting and new.   I imagine I felt exactly how animators must have felt in 1995 when they first saw Toy Story.   It moved me to tears.

I needed a bit of inspiration in my life to give me that boost to get me through to graduation in June.  I was in a bit of a sophomore slump.  Paperman gave me a brand new love and excitement for animation.

What makes Paperman so special?

Paperman uses a multitude of new techniques that give it a very unique and beautiful look.  Computer animation has a lot of capabilities that really can’t be done efficiently in hand drawn animation, but there is just something beautiful and nostalgic about hand drawn that makes us all feel like kids again.  This new process combines everything that makes each technique great.

Here’s another great video that explains the process of the creating Paperman.

I really can’t say enough good things about this short.  It’s the boost I needed to keep me going.  I hope all of you like it too.

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