Monday, March 28, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I watched last week.
Shichinin no samurai (1954)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto & Hideo Oguni
Edited by Akira Kurosawa

Finding Nemo (2003)

Directed by Andrew Stanton, Lee unkrich
Written by Andrew Stanton (strory), Andrew Stanton (screenplay), Bob Peterson & David Reynolds
Edited by David Ian Salter

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Directed by Don Bluth
Written by Robert C. O'Brien (novel), Don Bluth (story adaptation), John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman & Will Finn
Edited by Jeffrey Patch

Karakter (1997)

Directed by Mike van Diem
Written by Ferdinand Bordewijk (short story & novel), Mike van Diem (screenplay), Laurens Geels & Ruud van Megen
Edited by Jessica de Koning

Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection (2009)

Directed and written by Chuck Jones

Monday, March 21, 2011


Test walk on 12s from dirkvandulmen on Vimeo.

Practicing a walk on 12s.
Shot on twos.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


From Richard Williams book and dvd lecture series 'The Animator's Survival Kit':

"Lesson One.


Unplug! Take off your head phones! Turn off the radio! Switch off the CD! Turn off the tape! Close the door.

Like many artists, I had the habit of listening to classical music or jazz while working. On one of my first visits to Milt Kahl I innocently asked:

"Milt do you ever listen to classical music while you're working? Of all the s-s-s-stupid god-god-god-damned questions I-I-I-I've ever heard! I-I-I-I never heard such a-a-a-f-f-f-f-stupid question! Iy-Iy-Iy-Iy-I'm not smart enough to think of more than one thing at a time!"

Since it came from a genius, this made quite an impression on me. After this I learnt to face the silence and think before swirling my pencil around. My animation improved right away.

This has been the case with many artists when I've passed this wisdom along.

...end of lesson one."

This is so recognizable to me. I'm always playing or listening to music when I'm working. So I unplugged since a few weeks when I'm working at home, facing the silence... and it works. I love it. It creates and gives you so much more focus. An obvious thing to do, I think of it now, but never thought of it myself.
Thank you, Mr Williams and Mr Kahl.
You are a true inspiration.

Listening to: The silence...


I watched last week.

L'illusionniste (2010)

Directed by Sylvain Chomet
Written by Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet
Edited by Rob Farris

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Written by Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
Edited by Arthur Schmidt

Back to the Fututre (1985)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Writeen by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
Edited by Harry Keramidas & Arthur Schmidt

Charlie Chaplin in
Tango Tangles (1914)

Directed by Mack Sennett
Written by Mack Sennett & Charlie Chaplin

Rival Mashers (1914)
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Written by Charles Chapin

A Woman (1915)
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Written by Charles Chapin

Rashomon (1950)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa & Shinobu Hashimoto
Edited by Akira Kurosawa

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Life Drawing

I found some life drawings I did 3-5 years ago I think, when I was attending life drawing classes on saturdays, every two weeks. I just found these again and thought I could post some here.
Most of these are sized A3, some A4, with all kinds of different materials. I tried a different material every 4 weeks or so. Don't remember why, but I did. Seeing these makes me thinking about signing up again.
Fun to do and good practice.

Listening to: Starsailor.

Saturday, March 12, 2011



I watched last week.

Tarzan (1999)

Directed by Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Written by check imdb
Edited by Gregory Perler

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville & Story by Gordon McDonell

Unlike U (2010)

Directed by Henrik Regel & Bjorn Birg

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
Written by Joel & Ethan Coen
Edited by Joel & Ethan Coen (as Roderick Jaynes) & Tricia Cooke

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March goals

My goals for March:

1. Continue to filter out 3 story ideas for my animated short.
2. Practice this stuff:


Listening to: Das EFX


I watched last week.

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Directed by Taylor Hackford
Written by Douglas Day Stewart
Edited by Peter Zinner

Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko (1994)

Directed by Isao Takahata
Written by Hayao Miyazaki (idea), Isao Takahata
Edited by Takeshi Seyama

Fantasia (1940)


Gake no ue no Ponyo (2008)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Edited by Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Seyama

Broken Flowers (2005)

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Written by Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden, Sara Driver
Edited by Jay Rabinowitz

Listening to: Elbow