Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Loop de loop

There's this great little monthly competition for any of you animators (pro, student or dabblers) called the Loopdeloop

"LoopdeLoop is an animation challenge. Each month, animators from around the world create looping animations based on a given topic and upload them to www.loopdeloop.org. On the last Tuesday of the month all of the posted loops are compiled and screened to a live audience at Loop in Melbourne, Australia. During the screening a winner is declared, who enters the hall of fame and has their loop featured throughout the following month"

You don't need to be from Melbourne to participate (I'm from Perth). You just submit your loops via the website and (once they are approved) they are added to the site with a 5 star voting system. So when your loop is up you spam and blackmail all your friends to give you a 5 star ratings :P

The topic is just your springboard to get you going and you can be pretty loose and just follow your heart. For example for the theme "mask" I drew manly shirtless guys doing squats at the beach and eating bacon

This is a good explanation as to why it's fun to enter:

"Our goal is to connect people working in independent animation and ease the feelings of isolation that can come with the notoriously long hours involved in the creation of their work. Rather than short films which can quickly balloon into daunting, all encompassing projects, we’ve opted to be a monthly showcase of animated loops. 

The idea behind this is to make creating work for the project more achievable and fun, much less intimidating than having to plan and execute a full animated narrative"

I can vouch for that. I spent 5 years working on my own short film and I've spent a lot of time working on other peoples tv shows and it is easy to lose the love for animation. Doing these loops brings the fun back into animation. It does remind me of the weekends with my friends, a super 8 camera and either lego or plasticine and how we would animate until we either ran out of film or the sun would go down. Good times

I have a few more of my loops after the jump or you can just jump over to the Loopdeloop website and see for yourself the insanity and fun that this competition has created. This months theme that closes on Sunday the 27th of November is "Condoms" which is to link in with the World AIDS day. It will be an interesting month I think haha

Ok here's the first loop I submitted for the theme Monsters

In case you are wondering I animated in toonboom animate pro, backgrounds done in  photoshop and gloss is added in after effects. The music I made for this and the "bacon bros" I made using Garageband for the iPad. Definately a cool fun app to pick up if you have an ipad.

This is my loop for last months theme Spooky

I animated that one mostly on a scribble pad (10x15cm white pad). It was based on the thing that I find most scary in horror films. People walking backwards down a dark alley/hallway.

I posted this one the other day which was animated by Roseline Lau it was for the theme 'Down the rabbit hole"

The background in that one was for my own loop but I wasn't going to be able to finish it (I also didn't really know what I was going to do) but Rose had already started her animation and she didn't have a background so it all worked out.

Well there's only a few weeks left on this latest loop deadline. I'm going to try and get something done but we'll see.


  1. Great stuff!
    I only ever did one and wasn't happy with it http://www.loopdeloop.org/2011/07/ive-sorocuk-monsters/
    Went to the night of the Opposites theme and loved it. Can highly recommend anyone local to come along.

  2. oh nice!

    I really want to go to a screening at some point. I miss screening my stuff to a live audience