Hey Everybody! Want To Introduce Yourselves?
I thought I would test out the forum here and give everyone a spot to intro themselves (possibly again), if they wish.
I am Lynda and I am currently located in the Chicagoland area. I grew up here in the 'Burbs, so you can say that this is my hometown. I was brought up on Saturday morning cartoons and have loved animation and VFX from a young age. Some of my fondest memories are of the Rankin/Bass holiday specials, and they were probably my first exposure to the best possibilities of stop-motion. From there I learned about practical effects and how they were often combined with stop-motion, and a new world opened up to me.
I decided to go to college to pursue my degrees, but I soon found out that stop-motion was not a subject liberally taught in the schools around here. I was content at the time to learn all about traditional and CG animation, since it was still animation and I do love the art in all of its forms, but I missed the inclusion of stop-motion. After taking the only class available, I really connected with the medium and decided to pursue it the best I could on my own time.
Right now, I am deep into stop-motion, especially fabrication. I am working on my thesis for my MFA in Animation while learning everything I can about it on my own. Unfortunately, there is currently not much of a community in Chicago for stop-motion, but we are already planning to relocate to SoCal at the end of October. So if anybody has any internship/entry-level leads, I'm all ears. ;-)
If you would like to see anything I've done, you can see it at my website lyndarollins.com on the stop-motion page (of course). I've worked with ball-and-socket, wire armatures, build-up, clay, silicone and plastic casting. As I mentioned, I also just took the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios stop-motion animation and character fabrication classes over the summer.
Happy to meet you all and looking forward to an awesome time!