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Floyd Bishop

The Valentine: Do You Like Me?

February 9th, 2009

This is a piece I did to test out interactivity using YouTube’s new annotations feature. Send this to someone you like to see if they like you back.

-Floyd Bishop

The Alphabet

January 24th, 2009

This is a short film I made yesterday. My kids are the ones singing the soundtrack. The idea was to do a really quick little short, in the same vein as what you might see on Sesame Street or similar program.

This doesn’t count toward my goal of 12 films for the year. It was just made for fun. I hope you like it!

-Floyd Bishop

The Ditching of 2008

January 19th, 2009

Here is my first short of the year The Ditching of 2008.  My plan is to do one short a month for the year, for a total of 12. There is no plan for stories, no continuity, no set style, no nothing. I’ve got some ideas for next month’s short, but beyond that, it’s wide open.

Let me know what you think!

-Floyd Bishop

Things you wish you knew about animation when you were first getting started.

January 7th, 2009

Homer brain

I’m working on finishing up my syllabi for my upcoming classes at the Art Institute. I’ll be teaching both Character Animation and Advanced Character Animation. This has got me thinking about all kinds of things I want to convey to the students about not just animation, but the animation industry in general.

What are some things you wish you knew when you were getting started in the industry? What should they do first? Is there anything the newly minted animator should avoid?

-Floyd Bishop

Animated resolutions for the new year

January 1st, 2009

Well, 2008 has come and gone (I had hoped to have a flying car by now). It’s the time of year where people make resolutions to map out their year ahead in the hopes of bettering themselves, and improving their lives overall.

For some people, that includes getting a hobby that gives them something to have fun with, something unrelated to their day job. While it may not be as high profile as the Firehouse Five Plus Two, it should be something that you have fun with. Others may set small goals which will improve their skill sets overall. When was the last time you went to a figure drawing session? Is there an aspect of cartoon making that you have been interested in but have never tried? Here are some of my animation related resolutions for the new year:

Have internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons?

December 6th, 2008


I watched the show today. What an anticlimactic airing! The show was on at 10:30 AM here on the west coast, sandwiched between “Making Fiends” (great show, by the way) and an episode of “Jimmy Neutron”.

This is almost like a case study for the failings of network animation and the rise of internet cartoons. Why wait for years for your cartoons to air, when you can distribute on the internet instantly? There are more and more people doing this, and I can totally see why. People like Amy Winfrey, Dan Meth, and Odd Todd have all done great things in animation, thanks in no small part to the internet. How many cartoons has Channel Frederator shown since 2005? Way more than the three that finally aired today.

In my opinion, television animation is in a similar place that theatrical shorts were in the 1950’s. The audience was getting smaller, costs were getting higher, [Read more…]

Sick, sick, sick

November 26th, 2008

I have four kids. There are six people in my family. We were all sick over the last three days (but are feeling much better now).  This Family Guy clip is kind of what it was like in the Bishop house recently, only we also had a tailess racoon show up and harass our dog.

-Floyd Bishop

“Free Realms” beta site is live

November 7th, 2008

Free Realms

The “Free Realms” beta site is officially live. Check it out here.

I’m a senior artist on the game, and I’m super proud of the title, more so than just about anything I’ve ever worked on. I hope you guys and gals enjoy playing it as much as I’ve enjoyed helping to animate it.

-Floyd Bishop

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2008

You might remember “The Happy Pumpkin” from last year.  He’s still going strong, scaring thousands of people each month.

Have a great time out there tonight, take a flashlight, and don’t eat candy from the creepy houses.

-Floyd Bishop

“Where do you get your ideas?”

October 26th, 2008

homer brain

After showing someone some character animation I have been working on, I was asked “Where do you get your ideas?”

My answer was “all over the place”.

Jillian Tamaki had a recent post where she talks a bit about the process she goes through in regards to idea generation. I thought it might be worthwhile to talk a bit about what goes through my head when approaching a character for the first time.

When I get a character to work on that has no animation done before hand, it’s exciting and scary all at the same time. You are defining this character, and making it appear that he/she/it is living for themselves. My process is basically the same as Ollie Johnston’s “What is the character thinking, and why does he feel that way?” Also, “Would anyone other than your mother want to watch it?”

While many animators tend to draw from literary sources, either comic, [Read more…]