Friday, August 04, 2006

I Met Gromit!

Or to be more precise, I met Aardman animator Merlin Crossingham, who brought along some of the characters from "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit". I was so busy geeking out on all the goodies he brought that I didn't get a picture of him.

Anyway, it was fascinating to hear him talk about the stop-motion animation process, which I find both intriguing and intimidating. I love the idea of being able to manipulate real models with my hands, but I can't imagine trying to animate a performance straight-ahead, one frame at a time. Much less trying to hide the rigs and not pushing the clay characters off-model. Merlin and his fellow animators have my utmost respect and admiration!


At 10:41 PM, Blogger Shine said...

OooO W00T! That is most excellent! oOoo you touched him, it could be one of your fingerprints projected in immensity onto the large screen in the next film now *giggles*

There was a time when I couldn't pick who I liked the most - Aardman or Pixar... now I just look at it this way - apples and oranges and I can liek them both!

/me is interested also in how this meeting came about
Will there be a reciprocal exchange I wonder? I am sure you would put your hand up for that!

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Ov .H. said...

apart from his work, I love his website design too...

At 3:32 AM, Blogger Iestyn said...

That's awsome Vic - I nearly got the same chance years ago, my art teacher had a chance to do a portrait of Nick Park, and my art teacher invited me along to go see him. Unfortunatley i got very sick and missed it - i was sooo gutted.

But nice one - it would be cool to see the figures in real life.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Hans said...

I have a friend who worked on the"Were-Rabbit" movie as well, who sent me a bunch of pics she took from the set. I'ts so awesome with all that miniature stuff that you can actually touch and feel. It gives stop-motion animation this cozy look that's almost impossible to imitate with CG and I sure hope that doesn't become a new trend! It's been proven over and over again, that there's room for both CG, hand drawn and stop-motion animation. Choose the medium that suits your story the best is what I say:D

Take care,


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Phil ROD said...

OH my god u met Gromit, u are a lucky man. I would give my left nut to meet him.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Hans said...

Hey Victor,

I know you're fond of well animated humorous shorts, so I'm sure you've probably seen these before, but in case you haven't, heres a link to a good laugh!

Take care,


At 4:43 PM, Blogger Joshua Graham said...

do you know Merlin Crossingham or any other stopmotionanimation eamil.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Victor Navone said...

No, I don't.


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