My name is Erica Pitt and I'm an Animator currently in London, England.
This blog is my online portfolio of Animation Work.
Awesome :DDidn't knew you worked on that many shows :)
Haha yup! I graduated animation school in 2007 and got hired at Studio B straight away.Since then I've worked on a total of 14 tv series or freelance projects.
wow that's awesome.. must be nice to get a job straight away :)so was the clips from scenes you've been working on? or how the animation process work?btw I love the work you guys put into the new MLP series.. i hope the 'thank you' letter from the brony community reached you :)
Meant 'or how does the animation process work?' :)And I got another question.. what song is that?
Animation has a bunch of different steps before it reaches the animators....First is the script. then it gets sent off to the design department and they design the characters, and props and everything mentioned in the script.Then it goes to storyboarding where they draw out all the scenes in the show and basically figure out how the show will work. Then the boards are sent to layout where they draw all the backgrounds and colour them.Then the voices are recorded, and they get edited together with the storyboards to maka an animatic. That was they can figure out how long each scene will be. Then the posing department makes a scene in flash where they add that coloured background from layout, and they put a copy of the storyboard animatic so the animator can listen to the dialogue, and know when to make the character hit another pose.At our studio we have the posers take the Flash build of the character (kind of like a marionette puppet on the computer...all it's body parts are there, and you move them around) and will pose it into the main poses that were drawn in the storyboard.Then the animator gets it, and adds more poses, and inbetweens all the movement between the poses, and adds the lip sync to the dialogue. Some studios get the animator to do all the poses and skip the posing stage, but we use this step at our studio to make things go a bit faster and save the animator time, so they can put more effort into pushing the poses and adding their own flair to the scene. After animation all the scenes are put together and the directors look at it. If something isn't working quite right they can send it to revisionist animators who will fix all the problems.Then it goes to get final music and sound effects added. This guy has done a good tutorial on how the flash character builds work:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwkIuFG6-2UI hope this answers a bunch of your questions!!!
thanks for taking the time to explain it to me :)and it answered almost them all.. but did you hear about the brony letter?i know a few guys that would like to know if it ever reached the guys on 'the floor'.. it's after all you guys that doing the hard work creating the series :Dand what part of the process that you were talking about are you involved in?aaand.. what song did you use for the demo?
hmmmm no I never heard about the Brony Letter :( Sometimes me or the other artists would get comments on youtube or deviant art from fans saying thanks, but we haven't heard about the letter.The part I played in the process was as an animator. I would have my scene set up with the BG and a few still poses, but then I would take those, add more poses, change the timing around add the inbetweens, lip sync and add bouncy hair action.The song is called A-Punk and is by the band "Vampire Weekend". I get to listen to lots of rad music while I animate away...!
that's too bad.. we've over 600 bronies writing you guys a message/thank you for the first season.. there is also some in that page's comments (a lot of bronies didn't even knew about it before we posted it) and we only had the production coordinator for Equestria Girls mail so i guess it didn't go that far :( you guys mails aren't exactly the easiest to get hold of.. but i did my bestAnyway.. here:http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/massive-thank-you-letter-to-hasbro-from.htmlSo you do the actual pony animation? You have some ponies you work with more often that others?Thanks for that.. found it on iTunes :D
oh and another thing.. you got any of the others youtube or deviant art or 'something else' pages? i'm trying to find them myself but it's a pretty hard job.. i found yours in an youtube comment as i recall..
omg I love my little ponies gj
Hi EricaI have a question, did you use the Bone tool of Flash for some of these animations?also Contratulations for your work.I hope I could get a place here at the animation industrykind regards -Marco (Markanime.net)
Hi Mark,Nope, no bone tool was used for any of these. We're still using old school Flash 8 at the studio I work for but we have someone at work who action scripts some short cuts for us to use to speed up a few of the processes. But yeah, lots of redrawing of body parts to make things not look so cut out and puppetty and to make them look like they're moving in 3d space rather than just side to side.
Bonjour Erica,First just wanted say you're awesome, so there's that. But I also wanted to know what song this is because I keep playing it to hear that and the cartoon (though I love them) are annoying. :) Thanks and keep up the good work there! ;)
The song is "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend
so i herd you liek ponies...
The animation is so fluid, I often find myself pausing a clip just to watch every tiny bit of detail.Thank you for your fantastic work.
Thank you for your kind comment! It's always nice as an artist to hear that. Sometimes contracts are very short, and we don't always get to see the finished episodes of the shows. When it's time to go back and search through all your work to find demo reel clips it can be fun to see the episodes you've worked on over again or all the way through for the first time!
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