Island Animations

Never say, never. Two posts back I wrote that I wondered why I had brought the 20 tubes of gouache etc. Yesterday, I started painting an animated film! Now, I owe all I know about animation to my pal, Ruth Hayes (with a bit of help from Devon Damonte as well) and I am sure she will be surprised at this turn of events. One thing I learned from her is that one must always do a pencil test. This means (while I am not using a pencil) that I had to shoot a test somehow after I did some images (45 frames) to make sure everything was going to work. This morning with Marilyn’s help I rigged up a shooting station with a kitchen pan, a box of soap flakes, my jobi tripod, and iMotionHD on the iPhone to do just that. Here is my “desert island media” solution:
Work Station
And here is my “pencil test” which consists of two loops:
I have a long way to go and of course, will not actually shoot the animated piece until I return (using a proper copy stand). The sound design will involve all natural sound and a Tahitian ukelele solo.

In other news: we were invited to a 60th birthday party at Lapita Village on Saturday evening. It was the latest we have been up and out in over a month. Marilyn snapped this photo of us as we were waiting for dinner to be served.

Our hosts were Debi (the birthday girl), Amy, Janet, and Lin–all part of a family reunion with Peter Owen at Lapita Village. P1180952

During dinner we all were entertained by some Huahine dancers. Here is an animated sequence (from stills) of short section of one dance :

Finally, here is a photo that Marilyn took right before we got dressed for the party. Comfy

She called it, “Comfy.”

We are in the second month of our stay, hurtling towards our return to sweet Olympia. My attitude towards clothing has become much more relaxed and frankly, I have begun swimming in my bra. My bathing suits are just too big and uncomfortable. What’s next?