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How UnOriginal.

My name is Emilee, 23, from the beautiful yet sometimes (often) soggy state of Washington. I have a Pinstripe Ball Python named Zeus, you can find photos of her under her tag above.

Oct 20 '14

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Oct 20 '14

The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl from mike roush on Vimeo.

modmad:

parkersimmonsyall:

shirtsnshorts:

MIKE ROUSH / The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl / 5:16

I have always been fascinated by wildlife documentaries. As a kid I would take my mom’s camera and try and get as close to the neighborhood animals as I could. Most of the time this would mean long hours sitting motionless on the back deck with bird seed sprinkled on my lap and shoulders. I never got the shot I wanted, so when Chris and Shannon  asked me if I wanted to make an animated film for Titmouse, I said yes before they finished asking. 

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Chris and Shannon Prynoski, Dik Pose, and I Line up a shot in the middle of nowhere. photo by Steve Kellener.

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Early thumbnails of the burrowing owl.

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Rough turnaround.

"Owl" was animated in Flash. I used a technique where I would animate traditionally very rough, then I would take a second pass cleaning up symbols that I would be able to reuse later. Most of the final animation you see in "Owl" is puppeted symbol animation with hundreds of symbols and a different puppet for each shot. This way I could get the detail and animation quality I wanted.

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The Flash break-down on one of the owl puppets. Lots of feathers!

One of my favorite parts of making this film was having to get out of the studio and go on location. I found an amazing place in central California called The Carrizo Plain using google maps. I spent the weekends driving all around taking pictures and exploring. Fun fact: The burrow used in the short was an actual owl burrow. On one of the days I was taking photos of the burrow one hissed at me from inside the burrow with it’s rattlesnake like call. It scared me nearly to death.

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This is how I made all the “live action” backgrounds. I drew a storyboard of what I wanted and photo collaged lots of pictures together to make it look like what I drew. Unfortunately these places don’t exist in real life.

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Whenever the owl had to touch the flower or fork, I took hundreds of photos, cut them out in photoshop and animated them. Fun.

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On location I used a couple stand-in models to get the lighting right and a maquette when animating for inspiration.

I had a great time making this film and when I was done we were lucky enough to show it at festivals around the world. After 4 years the “Owl” showed at more than 40 festivals, in over 25 countries. 

Can’t wait to do another one.

Mike’s Tumblr

Mike Roush’s incredible short film is now online!!! Don’t miss this one, folks! It’ll stick to your ribs likes delicious cartoon BBQ!

I was lucky enough to catch this at an animation festival a while back and it blows my mind as much now as it did then

Oct 20 '14

wendy-pleakley:

typette:

HOLY SHIT OH YM GOD OH MY OG DFLSKDFJASSLDFKJDFSA

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Oct 20 '14

fuckyeahmytwistedmind:

fourex-:

spoopydarnni:

cumleak:

also i saw this on the unicef twitter page and thought id share

PSA ok

The second person diagnosed with Ebola is a nurse in dallas.

PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF
DO NOT START MASS HYSTERIA

Oct 19 '14

dinodoollee:

The next logical step I suppose

Oct 19 '14
tastefullyoffensive:

Be nice to Frank. [caboosium]

tastefullyoffensive:

Be nice to Frank.

[caboosium]

Oct 19 '14

lalivingmuerte:

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i think this could be useful for the people who is not totally sure about spend their money in this movie, it has their good and bad points, but generally is a great movie, so please, let’s show them that “An Hispanic story” can be as good as any other one, or even better!. 

Oct 19 '14
collarpoints:

collarpoints:

pulls book out of ass

20 chapters later and it is still happening

collarpoints:

collarpoints:

pulls book out of ass

20 chapters later and it is still happening

Oct 18 '14

yellowfur:

Disney’s Feast - Special Look

why a short ? I want this to be a movie

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Oct 18 '14

the-gingerdancer:

papayadog:

scandalous

 i will reblog this as many times as it takes me to stop finding this funny

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Oct 18 '14
channeler:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

channeler:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Oct 17 '14

ofools:

I was sending my dad some examples of animals I’ve painted/drawn over the years bc he apparently has some inside contact at the museum who might have a look at them so I thought I’d upload them here too