We now present Lady Snowblood killing six men in 58 seconds (and a single tracking shot). Enjoy …

Background & Movement in TV

Since TV animation tends to have smaller budgets than feature animation, we are often times limited in the kind of animation we can do in terms of backgrounds.  Here are a couple workarounds I have to show movement in a background.  

The first is a tracking shot into cam where our Character is running without gaining away or from cam (but they could if you wanted) The foreground is the ground plane which is just a simple looping set of lines. The BG is actually a static image that would slowly drift down towards the horizon line imitating movement away from the background. 

The second is also a tracking shot where the character is more in profile. This one requires some soft focus and low detail background drawings (usually not a lot, maybe 3 looping images. I only used 2 here but the theory holds.

The last one only requires a single background layout, but we use the camera to imitate action as it pulls out over a static image.

This is all based on my own experience rather than hard rulesets, so you know as usual take it with a grain of salt.

i can’t believe b.o.b. thinks the earth is flat and i can’t believe he got in a twitter argument with neil degrasse tyson about it and i can’t believe b.o.b. released a diss track that took some shots at neil degrasse tyson and i can’t believe neil degrasse tyson got his nephew to release a diss track back to b.o.b. and i can’t fucking believe this is all because b.o.b. thinks the earth is flat


Have you been watching True Detective? If you’re in the UK then unless you are a no-good illegally-downloading lawbreaker then the answer will be ‘I have not, but I sure am excited about seeing it when it starts this weekend on Sky Atlantic’.

Well True Detective is GREAT, and here is a little editorial spot i did to accompany it’s launch. I promise the girl in the antlers will make more sense when you see it, but i was pretty happy with how this turned out.

For those of you without Sky, i recommend you take the law into your own hands and track down the five (of eight) currently aired episodes, if only for the staggering six minute tracking shot that concludes episode four. Amazing stuff.


The legendary, spectacular single-take "Copacabana tracking shot" from Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas

“There’s a reason to do it all in one shot. Henry’s whole life is ahead of him. He’s the young American ready to take on the world and he’s met a girl he likes. It had to be done in one sweeping shot because it’s his seduction of her and it’s the lifestyle seducing him.”

–Martin Scorsese


Steadicam operator Larry McConkey on filming the scene in a single day

Ray Liotta on what it was like to film the Copacabana scene

The Ten Best Tracking Shots Ever (AMC)


Now now now, sounds like someone’s got a case of the poor-me’s. If you were gonna die, you’d have done it by now.


alvin + full body shots