Saturday, 26 March 2011


Designers for Japan is a collective of creatives from around the world who's aim is to offer support to peers, colleagues and friends in Japan, aid disaster relief and to act as a forum for anyone wishing to look at how visual communications can help in future disasters.
So please go visit

Their aim is to fundraise, as well as provide long-term support and to drive practical ways in which visual communications can help both in Japan and in future crises.

There are prints for sale, if your interested in purchasing one, all of the money will go to the Red Cross - just click on the Print Process link on the website. The designers have created these images, reflecting their admiration for Japan and to express their feelings toward the country and its people.

Pairs Lip Sync Inbetweened

So this is the final submission for my lip sync. I haven't done much more to it, I've mainly inbetweened the lips, which although is only adding in an extra frame here and there I think makes a big difference.
 I still however think the sound is off, but I've been messing around with it for ages and still can't get it to render out in the same way that it previews in Flash and seeing as I have other work looming over me it shall just have to do for now.

Lip Sync from Hannah Lau-Walker on Vimeo.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A charmed way to say goodbye

I read an article about Lucas Jatoba in Creative Review and just thought it lovely so thought I would pass it on. The concept was created when it came time for Jatoba to leave Barcelona, before he went he wanted to say a thank you to the city that he enjoyed so much.

Paper Animation

This is the graduation film from Veronika Obertova, which I love. I'm a massive fan of using paper to creating illustrations, paper cuts illustration and stop motion so this animation really appealed to me. Hope you enjoy it too.

Viliam from veronika obertova on Vimeo.

Marvellous Mixed Media

Buildings and Vampires was created by After-Effects artist Sebastian Baptista and Nico Casavecchia, and it's a really charming mixed media animation of one of their favourite scenes from 'Where the wild things are'. They've said that the only clear reference for this animation was a recycling animation done by Studio AKA (which, St.Martins people you may remember seeing when visiting their studio).

Buildings & Vampires from Nico Casavecchia on Vimeo.

Post It Pictures

John Kenn Mortensen writes and directs kids TV shows and is also a popular illustrator. Mortensen uses the humble sticky note as his canvas to create his detailed creatures. I found this video on youtube showing a selection of his illustrations. You may have recently read in the Metro that Mortensen has been selling his work and receiving up to £70 per post it!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Legend Tezuka Osamu

Some know him as the God of Manga, and as much as I do love his illustrations I am much more interested in his animations.

First of all Jumping, one of my favourite animations, which I think is wonderfully summed up by Paul Wells:

"The up and down aspect of the piece redefines the notion of linearity in narrative progression, and characterises human perception as selective, random and incidental. Suddenly, the whole order of existence is rendered as relative and ephemeral, temporary and cursory."

And now for another of my favourite, which is I just think is brilliant. I love how the cowboy is struggling just as much with the projector as he is the villain of the scene.

Pairs Lip Sync

So this week we were set the task of lip syncing a section of a script in pairs, one 2d person (me) with one 3d person (Ashley Jones). The script 'Walk of Shame' was written by Rungano Nyoni, and we were given the character in flash to animate. Now unfortunately this week we also have had to pitch our ideas for our final projects so time has been pretty tight at the moment, and I haven't had much of it to work on this lip sync, so inbteweening is necessary, and I think a slower ending but here it is so far...

(Watching it back, I think the sound might be out on the render, eeep)

Pairs Lip Sync (work in progress) from Hannah Lau-Walker on Vimeo.

The Power of Sound and Colour

Animation directed by Lee SungHwan at Studio Shelter.
I was amazed by how the use of sound, and the use of different colours could bring lego to life. The building blocks feel like people, and it's interesting how when the colour is stripped from the blocks there is a whole different feel to the animation.

Ah from studio shelter on Vimeo.

Serene Teh

Now in terms of planning I don't do much, however after checking out Serene Teh and the incredibly well thought out work she's produced I definitely think there is something in this planning out your animation malarky.

parkour motion reel from saggyarmpit on Vimeo.

Disney XD - I'm in the Band from saggyarmpit on Vimeo.

Fixed by Jeffrey Thompson

When it comes to animation, I do really love hand crafted, hand drawn animation. I feel animation of this kind has a real soul to it, but I realise that animations such as these take a while (FOREVER!) to create and that flash is a more economically viable medium to use. So thought I would post an animation that I stumbled upon, done in flash, that I like. There's something really charming about the characters designs, it's a style I really like.

"Fixed" 2010 from Jeffrey Thompson on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

(notes on) Biology by Orana

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo.
I came across this animation when wondering round vimeo, slow start but brilliant robot elephant!
Love the animation and the use of stop motion at the beginning.
If only my note books were like this during secondary school!

The Struggle

Now for the finale of term two, the Task project.
Here we were briefed to create a 30 second animation that looked at an individual struggling with an object.

The Struggle from Lau on Vimeo.

I wanted this animation to be itself quite confusing, a struggle if you will to understand at first what was going on. Although as time went on and sound was added I think that this was a bit lost. I am however pleased with how it turned out

Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Meaninglessness of Conversation

This animation was created for a brief set by one of my tutors, Birgitta Hosea.
We had to create a lip sync, that is to be apart of an exhibition looking at the meaningless of conversation. The exhibition looks at how often people do not even listen to one another, so we had to choose something although quite conversation, it had to be more of a throw away phrase.

Meaningless Conversation Lip Sync from Lau on Vimeo.

Friction with Flash

So me and flash aren't exactly the best of friends, more like mere acquaintances, who randomly attack each other in the street. I hope in the future we will get on, and there shall be no more confusion or misunderstandings (however, it's unlikely).

Lip Sync from Lau on Vimeo.

Here is my first flash lip sync, which was an experience. Experience with the confusing nature of symbols and when to use them, and how not to use them - I have to say I sent more time realising how to not use symbols, as for a large amount of time I found myself trapped within a symbol within another symbol, with everything either happening all at once or not at all. But anyhow I think it turned out ok in the end.

Talking of Stop Motion

Whilst at the 'Birds Eye View' Film festival I watched Stanley Pickle, an amazing stop motion short with a really charming story that lends itself perfectly to the medium.

Stanley Pickle 2010 Trailer from Vicky Mather on Vimeo.

Your face says it all

This project was looking at facial expressions, here we were asked to change from one emotion to another.

Facial Expressions from Lau on Vimeo.

When I finished the hand drawn animation I really wanted to do something a bit different, so I had a look at doing a bit of stop motion. This caused a few problems, in terms of timing as I had done the animations separately it meant the timing was difficult, it also meant that the animation as a whole didn't really gel. But despite that, I frickin love stop motion so would definitely like to experiment more with it.

Lets get physical

So term two approached and we began to do some acting. Some? more like a lot. I've never paid that much notice to how I walk before, now I find it difficult to walk because I'm thinking about it so much.

This term we were getting more into the swing of things (well by the end of term that was true, towards the beginning not so much). Here is one of my first animations from the beginning of term thats looking at body language...

The arms are twinning a lot, however this was not my first attempt at a body language animation for my crit, so I didn't have time to turn back and amend it unfortunately.

Mood Change

And finally my Mood Change walk, this was the big assessment piece that looked at a walk that changed in mood on seeing a sign half way across the page, so I chose to start with a happy skip and then go into a model walk - the sign reads 'Britain's Next Top Model Auditions'.

Just a selection of the animation produced at the beginning.
So that was term one.

The Beginning

In the beginning there was nothing. But then, there was animation.

So started my post graduate diploma in Character Animation at Central St.Martins in London in September, and since that point have been putting off setting up a blog. However, the time has come! So here we are, firstly some background info, if your interested: I graduated from the University of Leeds, earning a BA Hons in Graphic and communication designs in 2009, spending the summer after that looking at an array of different options I could go into, wanting to specialise. I spent a short while studying Children's book illustrations at varying institutions in London, until a realisation occurred and I found Animation. It was then that I applied to St.Martins and got accepted, and started for the first time, animating. So thats the boring bit done, now onto the animation.

So here is a selection of my first terms work, now I would like you to keep in mind that before this point I had never animated before so this blog is more a look at the progression of my skills, so don't judge me too harshly, please.

Man Catching Train - my first attempt at making man walk

Circus - first use of smearing. Apologises for the quality of the animation, I realise you can barely see but its all apart of the learning process, right?

Flying Pig - Hes got one dodgy wing, but he's flying!

Walk Cycle (works on a loop) - I would have liked to put some secondary animation into his hat, but lack of time didn't allow it in the end which is a shame.

Four Legged Walk (works on a loop) - My little pony, this is actually one of my favourite from last term