Thursday, July 29, 2010

Firebird Effects by Ted Kierscey...

I ripped this extra off of the Fantasia DVD anthology, a set that every animator should own (buy it! worth every penny). It's simply stunning the amount of detail and dedication to timing and mood that Ted Kierscey was able to put into this sequence. It puzzles me that Ted Kierscey is not a household name, which he clearly should be. I show this sequence to my students every year, just to remind them(and myself) what this medium is capable of accomplishing. In particular, what the pencil on a piece of paper can accomplish; texture, tangibility, and an overall essence that only a hand carved line can create. I've watched this so many times, and it never fails to invigorate me to animate!


  1. I found this again (you have a quicktime posted somewhere on a server that I downloaded) when I was searching for inspiration since I'm working on a lot of drawn FX right now. This piece floors me every time. It IS a good reminder what someone can do with some paper and pencils!

  2. If you haven't already picked it up, Joe Gilland's "Elemental Magic" is a beautiful book on effects animation.

    He writes about how he thinks about creating his animation, not simply the mechanics of it. A treasure.