Bill Plympton’s Guard Dog Global Jam is well underway, and I’ve been granted the tremendous privilege/pressure of animating the opening shot. The Global Jam is based off of Bill’s award winning short, “Guard Dog”, and is a collaborative effort to reanimate the film, shot by shot. All 70 shots have been divvied out to 70 animators from around the world. Everybody is free to re-animate the shot in any way they choose, maintaining the original soundtrack, resulting in a diverse mashup of styles. I viewed this as a great opportunity to try something new, considering we each have three months to animate just a few seconds. So rather than do my usual After Effects/Flash hybrid approach, I’m giving the Photoshop animation feature a shot and attempting to simulate a stop-motion animated mosaic of scanned bits of dog food. Here’s a still of what I have in mind. Should be interesting!
Here’s a clip of the original film, including the shot I’ve been assigned to.