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James Lopez

https://www.membership.creativetalentnetwork.com/james-lopez

RECORDINGS Posted here -

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INSIDE THE ANIMATOR’S STUDIO - SERIES 3

EPISODE 1: Crafting A World Through Research & Development

EPISODE 2: Analyzing and Adopting Various Art Styles

EPISODE 3: Creating a performance Based on Caricature and Using Reference

EPISODE 4: Animation Action and Analysis

EPISODE 5: Student Scene Reviews and Draw Overs

EPISODE 6: Student Choice Open Forum Choice Open Forum

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

EPISODE 1: Crafting A World Through Research & Development

Originally Recorded from a LIVE Zoom Meeting: April 15th, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT

Before embarking on the challenge of designing and bringing an animated world to life, research is key to the development of creating that world. James will share his journey and lessons learned in the process of researching that helped create the worlds in which he has worked while at the studios and on his own personal projects.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 1 of the lecture series Inside the Animator’s Studio. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation

By: Hans Bacher


EPISODE 2: Analyzing and Adopting Various Art Styles

Originally recorded from a LIVE Zoom Meeting: April 29th, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Often, it will be the assignment of the designer or animator to work within a certain style that is inspired by an established illustrator or legendary animator. James will share his journey working with a multitude of varied styles and techniques. 

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 2 of the lecture series: Inside the Animator’s Studio. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950’s Animation

By: Amid Amidi


EPISODE 3: Creating a performance Based on Caricature and Using Reference

Originally recorded from a LIVE Zoom Meeting: May 13, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT

We will explore the usefulness of using both live action and photo reference for illustrating and animating.  We will also review the drawing assignment given from the previous session with an emphasis on the importance of readability and clarity through the use of degrees of caricature to communicate our ideas and create a performance. 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 3 of the lecture series Inside the Animator’s Studio There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Acting for Animators

By: Ed Hooks


EPISODE 4: Animation Action and Analysis

Originally recorded from a LIVE Zoom Meeting: May 27th, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT

James will go over select pieces of animation and breakdown the "working mechanisms" involved and how various drawing and animation principles are being utilized and applied.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 4 of the lecture series Inside the Animator’s Studio. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

The Animator’s Survival Kit

By: Richard Williams


EPISODE 5: Student Scene Reviews and Draw Overs

Originally recorded from a LIVE Zoom Meeting: June 10, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT

James will critique submissions by Registrants/Members and offer to perform live demo drawovers.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 5 of the lecture series Inside the Animator’s Studio. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

By: Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

Your Career in Animation (Second Edition)

By: David B. Levy

Amblin Entertainment's 'Family Dog' Series

Family Dog, Cartoon Research

EPISODE 6: Student Choice Open Forum

Airing on June 24, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Submit your suggestions for this week’s topic.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 5 of the lecture series Inside the Animator’s Studio. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

By: Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“When we’re writing we’re drawing, and when we’re drawing we’re writing.” ~James Lopez

Animation Means to Invoke Life not to Imitate it. ~ Chuck Jones

You’re not supposed to animate drawings. You’re supposed to animate feelings. ~Ollie Johnston

Believe in your character. Animate (or write) with sincerity. ~  Glen Keane