Monday, March 9, 2009
From the GAV Production Days
OMG. I think everyone who has been in the animation business long enough will have the pleasure and pain of doing an animation job so bizarre that it defies any known logic. I believe as animators we all come across a job that solidly ascertains your place in animation whore history. Back in the early 90's, GAV Productions, my first company, had its day in the blistering sun of the "job that time forgot". THE FOOT JOB. It was a 20 minute film for diabetic foot care and the main characters were feet, feet with faces on them. My favorite was the all knowing, Professor Foot, complete with moustache and wire-rimmed glasses. There were other characters, primarily a male and female lead, characters on human ankles (only one ankle) who would walk into screen and educate us about the trials and tribulations of diabetic feet. Yes, it had it's unusual requests from the client, like make sure the mouths did not look like cuts or wounds (an issue for diabetics who have characters on their feet) and make the character action as natural as possible (again an odd request considering someone in animation LALA land is wearing a pair of glasses and a moustache on their ankle). The job did have couple wonderful advantages, it forced and taught me to draw feet, and we got paid. Other than that, I am still trying to forget.