Author Archives: margoburns

New Year’s Resolution

I have not spent time with this blog since last July, but not because I have been idle on the short.  With the New Year, I will start a series of posts to try to do some catch-up to where … Continue reading

Posted in Animation, Story Development, Storyboards | Leave a comment

Making progress again

I’ve been working on learning more about storyboarding this past month, and haven’t done as much directly with “Blue Blazes,” but I’m finally back on track, and will have some new storyboards to show in the next couple of weeks. … Continue reading

Posted in Characters | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reverse Storyboarding

I am taking another class at RISD|CE this summer, this time on storyboarding. One of our ongoing assignments is to “reverse storyboard” a couple of movies each week.  I think I’ve already overdone it: I picked Ralph Eggleston’s For the … Continue reading

Posted in Storyboards | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

the Fleischer Studios’ “Standard Production Reference”

I have been looking back at the work I’ve done on my film over the previous three months, and I am struck by two things: the chaos and the order. When I started out committing to make this film, I … Continue reading

Posted in Animation, Story Development | Leave a comment

The pig flip

My work yesterday evening was to try to work out the timing for the pig flip with five main positions: start, up, rotate to 90°, rotate to 180°, down. Very brief – two seconds max. In the first attempt I … Continue reading

Posted in Animation | Tagged | Leave a comment

Milt Kahl

It’s totally wrong to even presume to compare myself to Milt Kahl, but so often in recent weeks, I’ve been reminded of the bit in Richard Williams’ book when he describes asking Kahl if he ever listened to music while … Continue reading

Posted in Animation, Concentration, Drawing, Support | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More on voices

I was listening to This American Life Saturday with a story by Welsh writer/journalist/humorist Jon Ronson reading from his book about the Psychopath Test (I’ve heard it before – it first aired a year ago) and I was captivated by his voice. … Continue reading

Posted in Voice Talent | Leave a comment

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there was a woman who everyone thought was a witch… I am trying to figure out how much time I have to establish the series of past accusations against Elizabeth How. I have started drawing a … Continue reading

Posted in Story Development | Leave a comment

Music Track for Take #8

With Take #8 posted at Vimeo, I suddenly realized that at about two and a half minutes, it’s about the duration of the main part of “Germany,” the musical composition by Ryan Love that he had sent my way back … Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Music | Leave a comment

Another Pencil Test

For all the drawing I’ve been doing this past week, when it’s come to doing my first pencil test of a character, I feel like I’ve seized right up again!  Arrgh!  But I still have something, as a place to … Continue reading

Posted in Animation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment