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MIKE ROUSH / The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl / 5:16

I have always been fascinated by wildlife documentaries. As a kid I would take my mom’s camera and try and get as close to the neighborhood animals as I could. Most of the time this would mean long hours sitting motionless on the back deck with bird seed sprinkled on my lap and shoulders. I never got the shot I wanted, so when Chris and Shannon  asked me if I wanted to make an animated film for Titmouse, I said yes before they finished asking. 

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Chris and Shannon Prynoski, Dik Pose, and I Line up a shot in the middle of nowhere. photo by Steve Kellener.

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Early thumbnails of the burrowing owl.

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Rough turnaround.

"Owl" was animated in Flash. I used a technique where I would animate traditionally very rough, then I would take a second pass cleaning up symbols that I would be able to reuse later. Most of the final animation you see in "Owl" is puppeted symbol animation with hundreds of symbols and a different puppet for each shot. This way I could get the detail and animation quality I wanted.

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The Flash break-down on one of the owl puppets. Lots of feathers!

One of my favorite parts of making this film was having to get out of the studio and go on location. I found an amazing place in central California called The Carrizo Plain using google maps. I spent the weekends driving all around taking pictures and exploring. Fun fact: The burrow used in the short was an actual owl burrow. On one of the days I was taking photos of the burrow one hissed at me from inside the burrow with it’s rattlesnake like call. It scared me nearly to death.

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This is how I made all the “live action” backgrounds. I drew a storyboard of what I wanted and photo collaged lots of pictures together to make it look like what I drew. Unfortunately these places don’t exist in real life.

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Whenever the owl had to touch the flower or fork, I took hundreds of photos, cut them out in photoshop and animated them. Fun.

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On location I used a couple stand-in models to get the lighting right and a maquette when animating for inspiration.

I had a great time making this film and when I was done we were lucky enough to show it at festivals around the world. After 4 years the “Owl” showed at more than 40 festivals, in over 25 countries. 

Can’t wait to do another one.

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Mike Roush’s incredible short film is now online!!! Don’t miss this one, folks! It’ll stick to your ribs likes delicious cartoon BBQ!

I was lucky enough to catch this at an animation festival a while back and it blows my mind as much now as it did then

WOAH, I thought this was just gonna be a cute little animated documentary, but I did NOT expect so many feels and twists.
Bravo, Titmouse!

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@7 minutes ago with 4348 notes
#omogsh the feels #2D #2D animation #burrowing owl #WATCH THIS #worldsbestcupofchai #marazure #brilliantly done! 
mildlyamused:

oh man wouldn’t it be GREAT if Hollywood gave Medusa the movie treatment and showed her as the tragic wronged hero she was? Just chillin’ out as a just a ordinary woman until Poseidon raped her in Athena’s temple and instead of being like “DUDE UNCLE NO WTF ARE YOU DOING?!” and smiting him, Athena punished the victim and turned her into a monster with snakes for hair…only wait Athena isn’t an idiot and how could she even punish the god of the sea? But she could give Medusa the power to make sure no man ever laid a goddamn finger on her again. Until Perseus traipsed in and fucked it all up. Way to go idiot. I bet if you’d just asked nicely she might have turned shit to stone for you.

mildlyamused:

oh man wouldn’t it be GREAT if Hollywood gave Medusa the movie treatment and showed her as the tragic wronged hero she was? Just chillin’ out as a just a ordinary woman until Poseidon raped her in Athena’s temple and instead of being like “DUDE UNCLE NO WTF ARE YOU DOING?!” and smiting him, Athena punished the victim and turned her into a monster with snakes for hair…only wait Athena isn’t an idiot and how could she even punish the god of the sea? But she could give Medusa the power to make sure no man ever laid a goddamn finger on her again. Until Perseus traipsed in and fucked it all up. Way to go idiot. I bet if you’d just asked nicely she might have turned shit to stone for you.

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#Then we have some versions where she's always been a monster so you take away the human element and the god's crime #Also they make it so EVERYONE who sees her directly/locks eyes with her turns to stone #really it should be any MAN 

the-softwolf:

THIS IS MY FAVORITE.

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jazzysnakes:

Comic #013 “Mabel’s Marvelous Stickers (Patent Pending)” 
Eyeronically, I am marginally afraid of eyes and my eyes hurt from drawing the second panel but A while means a week apparently. 

jazzysnakes:

Comic #013 “Mabel’s Marvelous Stickers (Patent Pending)” 

Eyeronically, I am marginally afraid of eyes and my eyes hurt from drawing the second panel but A while means a week apparently. 

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#perfection #GF #Gravity Falls #comic 
sleepyheadnation:

This is my new favorite thing!

sleepyheadnation:

This is my new favorite thing!

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@3 hours ago with 1887 notes
#THESE DORKS #I love this trio #Sleepy Hollow #Sassy Hollow 

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hipstermun:

My cute little front ensemble plays the Gravity Falls theme. :’) (ignore the weird blur in the beginning)

that was awesome

this delights me

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@1 hour ago with 21227 notes
#EMILY #LINDSEY #Gravity Falls #GF #this is marvelous #video #music 

lyndez:

leseanthomas:

Okay, can we just talk about Ruffnut Thorston (Brilliantly voiced by Kristen Wiig) from How To Train Your Dragon 2

Every scene she showed up in had me in stitches. Talk about a scene-stealer. THE Best character, animation & comedy in this entire film for me. More please! :-)

Oh my god I thought the same thing. Her character animation was just miles ahead of everyone else’s.

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sizvideos:

Video

this couldn’t be me more

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@2 hours ago with 99974 notes
#The first 4 for sure #though the first one not always mainly 2-4 

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weekendswithgoodfriends:

I’ll Make A Man Out Of You | Mulan.

You must be swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon. With all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.

*hears first .003 seconds of this song* *kicks down door* LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS

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#audio #music #soundtrack 
jessiewongg:

a commission for my friend may of her neotp, I had a lot of fun with this one!

jessiewongg:

a commission for my friend may of her neotp, I had a lot of fun with this one!

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@3 hours ago with 1328 notes
#lineless art #cute #art