Primal (2019)

I’ve been a fan of Russian-American Animator Genndy Tartakovsky for quite a while. As a kid I watched plenty of his older works. I remember watching countless episodes of his other shows; Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon he made in 2003. Tartakovsky has always been great at creating a cinematic feel with a lot of his animation and his work has always excelled at visual storytelling.

So when I saw that he was making a new animated series for Adult Swim, I was excited, needless to say.

And having had the time to sit down and watch the show, I can say it does not disappoint.

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Horseshoes

One more film for the season; this one came to me from a delirious, caffeine induced sketch I made in my school notebooks one morning, which quickly became the main idea for my final project for that class.

Behold the tale of a horse faced cowboy who rides through the desert in search of the witch who cursed his face. Featuring all manner of weird western silliness. I might revisit this concept someday. In the meantime, enjoy!

“You can’t keep doing this forever”

 

My last class of the semester finished earlier this week, and almost immediately I found myself feeling somewhat disoriented at the concept of not having assignments due for the week. This gave way to the realization that I had plenty of free time to do all the personal hobbies, work related tasks, and other personal projects that I enjoy and meant to do for fun that I had been putting off because I had to prioritize my schoolwork. So for a day or two I was able to devote myself to the various “fun stuff” and actual tasks that I typically do in my spare time; walking through my city, writing in coffee shops (for serious work stuff and for personal enjoyment such as this), painting, drawing, and sleeping among other things. And I enjoyed it for sure.

Today, as I was walking back home from a game store in my neighborhood, I began to consider something. This place is one I often like to go to play games for a few hours and enjoy myself, but as I was walking from that store, I began to think to myself “Playing tabletop games is fun, but at some point I may have to give it up and move on as my animation career moves forward.”

I can’t keep doing this forever.

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Riverside Biking animation

Made this for an assignment. I filmed the driving footage from the inside of an Uber while I was visiting Pennsylvania and later on created the animation of a biker to composite over the footage. It could be more refined (the biker floats off of the ground in a couple of places because of how I edited the video, and the character isn’t cleanly edited in) but ultimately it’s a nice, simple animation.

Riverside Biking in PA from Doruk Uzel on Vimeo.