Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Film = New Process

Now that my thumbnails are all done and the film actually plays out "well enough" in my head, I moved to the computer (TVPaint and Maya) to work on the animatic; and since everything  about this film is different than the old film (The type of story, medium and style) then why not a different approach to prerpo too? 
Well, to make things a  little tighter this time around I roughed out my compositions and cameras in a CG placeholder set, which freed me to further explore and flesh out the acting choices in a very early stage in the process. 
1- Figure out the camera beats in CG. 
2- Playblast it. 
3- Block acting traditionally in TVPaint. 
Here's an example:  


Notice the amount of breakdowns done so early in the process. I don't know whether it is a smart thing or not but for now, I'm enjoying it. Here's how it looks like in motion:



Keep checking in. More to come.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

New film.


It takes me a while to move out of one mental space (old film idea) and jump into an other (coming up with a new short film idea), but I finally did it. 
Just last week I finished the first draft storyboards for my next short film. This idea I had for a while, in fact, I planned and shot parts of it in live-action but half way through it I stopped, well, it was more like I failed. 
Dealing with untrained kids acting with untrained animals all in one film on a live action shoot proved to be quite the difficult task, and at times an impossible one, so I decided to go the rout I'm more comfortable with, animation. 

Here are some of the sketchbook rough boards and first draft CG cameras.










Friday, June 10, 2016

Animation For Adults: In Conversation with me about my short film

Last week I sat with the folks at Animation For Adults and had a little chat about my short film, my background and my inspirations. Here's how it went:

http://www.animationforadults.com/2016/06/in-conversation-with-jamil-lahham.html

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Looking for "my thing"

A while ago I started thinking about putting out a periodic short animated vignettes that comically addresses adult subject matters. I know, groundbreaking! 
Here's my take on it, and hope it sticks.
    

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Animation Nights New York

Hey readers.

Living in NYC offers no shortage of animation driven events to attend/submit your film. 
There's ASIFA East, The Animation Block Party, Rooftop films, and one of my favorite animation events the monthly Animation Nights New York. I love this event!
Last Thursday they hosted their "May Movies" night my short film included. 
The event is organized and curated by Yvonne Grzenkowicz  a New York based animator/ director.
Everything about that night was charming, from the venue itself to the tremendous attendance -as you can see here- to the amazing films line up. 
I highly recommend it. Here are some moments from the show. 










Sunday, March 27, 2016

24 in 24 #2.

This must be what it's like to watch an Arm Wrestling match on acid. We're up to 28 crazy animators this time around, and things got a bit weird. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

24 in 24 #1.

Out of boredom I came up with this random idea: what if we give a bunch of animators 24 hours to animate a 24 frames ping pong shot? Sure enough, after bouncing the idea around and getting a positive response I created a set with two rigs and two cameras and... well, you get it. 
Here's 24 in 24 round #1

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Butcher Block Studio.

The long lived dream of starting my own production house is taking its first baby steps towards becoming reality. My friend and partner Robert Cavallo and I are proud to present you with Butcher Block Studio. Please check out our official website and reel and help us spread the word.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

These things you can't wait to skip

This is great, I got to animate the one spot EVERYONE on planet earth despises and can not wait to skip; the ad before Youtube videos. I will say no more.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Montreal Sauce Interview


Tonight 9:00 pm EDT I will be chatting it up LIVE with Paul DeLeeuw and Christopher Sikkenga
I don't know what to expect but one thing for sure, I will not hold back so join in please