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I"ve just finished a new Zooniverse animation based on the theme of "future" see it here ---- > www.loopdeloop.org/tag/fil-bar…

Believe it or not this sequence was taken from page 11 of the Zooniverse movie script that I wrote back in 2005.
I even storyboarded the sequence around 2000. The 3 surveyor characters designs go back to 1999 I even modeled a CG spaceship for them that I traced in Flash for this animation.

I hope you enjoy it!
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Soooo excited! Been a major fan of your work since childhood, and only discovered your Zooniverse page recently, but I 'wasted' over three nights just looking at its material twice! Any links to the storyboards?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm so happy to meet you :) Hopefully being inspired isn't "wasted" time. I am currently working on a new post that includes a page of the storyboards that I originally did for the movie.

The next loop challenge, for the theme "bang" is due in 12 days, I will be animating another sequence from the movie which includes the surveyors again. I still have to get started!
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
(sorry if repeat message, my laptop is acting odd). Can you reccommend what would be a good way to start as a total newby to 2d animation? Any special drawing tests or warmup exercises you would reccomend to develop drawing skills or focus? I want to develop my skills but I am not a student in an art school or under anyone's tutelage, and without guidance I find it hard to keep staying on track/giving me a schedule or goal I can really concretely 'see'.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It depends on what kind of animation you would like to do.
If it's traditional Western animation (rather than Anime) start with Preston Blair: [link]
Google his name by image and study the scans from his books.
Here is another resource that might help:
[link]

I am completely self taught and don't see formal schooling as the only avenue. Practical work helps you learn and grow as an artist. I recommend that you consider submitting to the monthly Loop De Loop challenges like I do. [link]
It's a good way to practice and test out ideas to a theme and a deadline, I'm finding it a good discipline for my work.
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Thanks a bunch!!! You're magnificent. I had actually attended the Fashion Institute of technology, in order to gain my Bachelor's of Fine Art in Illustration. It is a wonderful institution led by very fine professors and courses (for the most part, I will not say who failed me :P) But unfortunately what I had originally sought to learn was not really taught there, it just wasn't the right major, and although I gave 3d animation a brief shot, it wasn't supplying what I wanted to learn either. This really daunted me, b/c all other private art institutions are way out of my budget, or seem to not cover the basics of what I wish to learn. I admire that you have managed to teach yourself completely. I really deeply wish I had known how to reach you and ask for you to be my mentor during my thesis senior class, instead of whom I picked (though I do admire him/he's also offered great advice.) I feel like I resonate more with your stuff somehow, even if stylistically they may not be similar in every way. Your work reminds me of what kind of a passion used to inhabit my art when I was a child being lazy in math class, doodling crazy shit all over my desk and math test's blank undersides before people taught me rules and I saw what everyone else was drawing/was getting hyped. I really only wanted to draw random bizarre organic monsters and made up as I went along imaginary surreal worlds, that sometimes did not have realistic World of Warcraft elements, but just had this dreamlike zest in them. What I love about watching your work in Ghostbusters and the Jumanji series, was how BELIEVABLE these cartoony and colorful yet still frightening creatures were. Was there ever any special particular mentor or influences inspiring you during your run on these shows creating? And do you and Everett Peck ever still hang out or collaborate on any projects? Where are you currently located? My apologies for all these questions. I don't want to be prying or anything. :P
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I wasn't teaching in Los Angeles, I've only started teaching since I've been back in Australia, due to the lack of any kind of industry.

I hear you on the Math test doodling thing I did the same thing.

Just so you know, I didn't work on Jumanji, the network wanted Everett and I went on to do XGB. Everett was always freelance and the Jumanji team were located in another building, so I rarely saw him, just his faxes of designs.

Richard Raynis was our mutual friend otherwise I doubt that we would have spent any time together. Our work and attitudes are very distinct, and me being significantly younger meant that Everett never really accepted me on any equal terms.

Richard is my only mentor but even though he is an amazing artist, he kept that side hidden from me. He was more the guy who kept asking me to reach for more, eventually he exhausted me and I needed space to recover. Although we haven't spoken for years he is a very good friend.

However I can say that while still a teenager I heard a quote that I have lived by, "Everything is your guru".
I learn from everything and every situation, even inanimate objects teach me. My mentor is life, the artist that inspires me is nature.
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
*puts on dreadlocks wig and sunglasses* Wow man. That's like, some totally deep stuff....

Thanks for the info, sorry about my inaccuracies. I wish you all the best.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Don't worry about it :)

I uploaded some storyboards on the Zooniverse blog by the way.
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HelenMaier Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is friggin fantastic and very bummable! Congrats on your 12th Loop animation and 10th Zooniverse one! Kubrik would be proud...(or at least choking back a chortle or two)
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