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Martijn Calkhoven @Pyrowman

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Utrecht School of Arts

the Netherlands

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Posted by Pyrowman - September 10th, 2012

Before I start my textual rambling, I'd like you to watch these animations:

You might dislike this animation for it's simplicity, or you might love it for it. Or perhaps you don't really care. Maybe you saw a underlying message, satirical or political. Personally, I think it's brilliant.

Obviously, I'm trying to create a contrast and I might have gone a bit overboard, but I think The Proud Family is a perfect example for what I'm about to explain. You don't have to watch part 2, though.

At the beginning of development of my latest animated short film, Antumbra, my teacher showed us Lapsus. Like some of you, not all my classmates could appreciate it. They thought it was too simple and short, on which my teach responded: "It's incredibly simple, yes, but for such a simple animation, it tells a grand story! It's impossible to recreate this story in live-action, 3D or anything. This animation makes use of it's medium."
Ever since that day, I've been looking at animation in a different way. Not that I have drastically shifted my preferences, but now I have a better way to define it. It's like suddenly remembering the name of an old classmate, or the origin of that strange smell in your kitchen.
Now, let's look at The Proud Family. It's an animated sitcom, really. Same cast, same artwork, same jokes. The sitcom concept really fits an animated series for a commercial network, since you can reuse everything. But, because of it's 'sitcomness' this series could easily be translated to a live-action series. It does not make use of the medium.
Animators tell their story visually. Most independent animated short films don't have dialogue, especially in Europe. In Lapsus, the story is told by the nun's physical struggle between the white and black realm, while dialogue leads the narrative in The Proud Family. If you'd close your eyes while paying the video, you'd still be able to make sense of the story, just by listening to the audio.

There is no right or wrong in this case. People enjoy both worlds, which is fine. However, as an animator, I feel I should use my medium wisely, make animations worthy of their name. Sometimes it means discovering a small visual gag and creating a whole story around it, or trying to tell a story by only using a certain array of shapes. Let the colours speak, not the mouth.

Posted by Pyrowman - August 17th, 2012

I finished my animated short film! It's done, it's finally over! Now I can finally take a break and...work on getting an internship somewhere. *sigh* No vacation for me yet...

Posted by Pyrowman - July 3rd, 2012

I'm currently working (and have been for a few months) on a new animated short. Like the previous two, it's a school assignment. This time, there are no robots or zombie pears, but a redhead office drone doing a bit too much overtime. It should be done in August.

Upcoming short.

Posted by Pyrowman - June 30th, 2012

Hi again Newgrounds, you wonderful thing you! Look, I know I've said some mean things about you in the past, but seeing how you've grown so much in the years of my absence, I can't help but feel sorry for calling you a 'gallery filled with penis jokes'. You've become a more approachable, versatile and most important: professional platform. I hope you'll take me back and let me dump my questionable animated abnormalities on your shiny new interface.

I am excited to see what out future together will bring!

Posted by Pyrowman - December 19th, 2010

A lot has happened since my last visit. You can submit images now? Awesome!
What?! People have to SCOUT you?! Why?!

So, am I 'scout-worthy yet, or do I need to upload more crap like this:


Posted by Pyrowman - July 29th, 2009


It's been long since I've posted a news post... I almost forgot how to do it (no seriously, I did). I've finally been working on that animation again. It's summer break, I'm too stubborn to get a job and have been working on it for a few weeks now. Process is slow, extremely slow, because I'm trying to improve my animation skill as much as possible during this production (actually I'm just really slow and get distracted too easily).

The reason why I've decided to spend my break on this animation is because the teacher's council at my school decided it would be funny to notify us that our 'solo-project' (an video/animation project which you create on your own, from concept to product) should be finished if we want to be able to start our 'exam'. I wanted to take my 'exam' as soon as possible to get away from that wretched school, but now I'm stuck with this 'solo-project'.

Not that I mind tho. I wanted to make this animation for a long time, but haven't had the time to do it. Now I have all the time in the world! Anyway, the animation's for 1/5th complete now. I hope it will get some attention, or maybe a award... Ah well, we'll see how it'll go.

Here's a screenshot, if you were interested:


Posted by Pyrowman - August 8th, 2008

Halp! I need some voices for a new animation I am working on! Here's a link that shows all the info (scroll down a bit and look for my post, it's above that ugly red/grey signature), because I am too busy (playing some game) right now. PM me if you want to send me a file or if you have any questions.

Posted by Pyrowman - February 1st, 2008

Since I have a lot of time to do some things for my portfolio on school, I wanted to do something to improve my flash skill. And I always wanted to make a collab like nobody else has ever done before! I hope I succeed with this one, because I think this will look really great when it's done! I am planning on making a really awesome menu, intro and credits and a little animation too. For any one who's interested: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/85 4449 (altho I doubt that any one would read this :P)

Posted by Pyrowman - January 2nd, 2008

It's my future Blood Elf Priest Wearing Gladiator's Raiment. The crystal hammer (yes, it's a hammer, I know it's not really clear, but it is) is Gladiator's Gavel. He's wearing Vindicator's Dreadweave set too, but you can't see it, because the set includes bracers, boots and a belt, which are all out of sight. Same counts for the book called Gladiator's Endgame, which is held in the off-hand. At the moment I am still busy getting this complete gear on my shadow priest. My Gladiator's Raiment set is almost complete, only missing the trousers. Next to that I'm lacking the complete Vindicator set.

I made a drawing!

Posted by Pyrowman - December 4th, 2007

I am getting bored in this World of Warcraft... Most of my friends are already lvl 70 and all they do is BG's or Arena's. Since I rerolled too many times, I'm still not lvl 70 (64 atm) and I'm getting sick of going to 5-man instances with some idiots who 1) can't speak English, 2) nabcakes, 3) ninjas or 4) think they are pro, but get aggro even when we have an extra off-tank!
Could someone please show them how to play? Halp!
/w Calkhoven, that's my Blood elf (shadow) priest.