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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cinnamon Bunzuh! interviews David B. Mattingly!


Adam from the Cinnamon Bunzuh! blog has posted an exclusive interview with David B. Mattingly, the Animorphs series cover artist from the Classic run. Here’s a small excerpt:


Adam: When you were working on covers with animals in them, did you have physical animals in front of you to work from sometimes, or did you just use photographic reference, how did that work?

Mattingly: No, I use photographic reference, but its very rare where you find the perfect piece of reference. I also needed to avoid, you go on google and you find a picture of a tiger and morph the character into the tiger, because you’ll get sued for that. There’s actually a zoo in New Jersey that I went to, where I shot a lot of photographs. It’s called the SpaceFarms Zoo. I looked it up the other day, because I wondered if it was the zoo that this Matt Damon movie called I Bought a Zoo was based on, but it wasn’t. But Space Farms New Jersey, it’s sort of a weird private zoo. And they had bears and tigers and all kinds of stuff. And they let you in and you wander around, just like a regular zoo. So that was the source of a lot of reference for the series.

Adam: Likewise, when you were working with human models for the covers, how did you tend to work with them?

Mattingly: I’d shoot models on it, and a problem I had throughout the course of the series is that it went on for I guess five years, and the kids, kids from when they’re ten to fifteen change profoundly, and I’d bring the kid in for another shoot, and he’d look like a completely different person. And Scholastic didn’t want me to reuse old photographs because it would have forced them to re-pay the models, so I consistently shot new models and then attempted to make them look as close to the old models as I could, I’m not sure entirely successfully. The only model who I used throughout the series was the model for Cassie, because she was kind of a petite girl, she might have been a little older when I cast her, and she changed little enough over the course of the book that I used her consistently. She was also a wonderful model.

Read the full interview at Cinnamon Bunzuh! >>


posted by Issam at 9:20 pm  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More Flipbook Animations by David B. Mattingly!


David B. Mattingly (the original Animorphs artist) is back again with new videos! He has posted up character videos for Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Ax and Marco (no Tobias?) which feature the flipbook animations that were printed in the original Classic books. I have created a playlist so that you can watch them all in order. Here they are:

Again, if you like these Animorphs updates by him, then be sure to comment on his videos! That’s all for now!

posted by Issam at 11:05 am  

Sunday, August 28, 2011

David B. Mattingly’s Animations, featuring Marco!


David B. Mattingly, the original artist for the Classic Animorphs series, has posted 2 new videos up on his Youtube channel. Here is the first one, featuring Marco in a few of his original flipbook animations:

The second video is for the Sanctuary screensaver morphs, which can be viewed here. This video, however, is a compilation and does not include the original audio from the individual videos that were released by Scholastic.

To watch them as they were, I have them stored in our video archive (scroll down to ‘Sanctuary Screensavers Morphs’ from the drop down menu and click ‘Go’). I saved these a long time ago, back when the Animorphs Sanctuary Club was still active at Scholastic’s official website.

Mr. Mattingly has also stated in his video summaries that if there is enough of a request from the fans that he will post more animations. So make sure you rate and comment on those videos!

UPDATE: The Marco video was removed and re-uploaded with other character videos by David B. Mattingly (Full Post HERE), so I replaced the above with the Sanctuary Screensaver video instead.

posted by Issam at 10:11 am  

Monday, August 4, 2008

Animation from David B. Mattingly


Does everyone here remember David B. Mattingly? He’s the artist who made all of those great morphing covers on the Animorph books. Anyway, he posted a video on Youtube showing off some of the morphs from the covers in animation! Some of them are newly animated and unseen before now! Check it out below!

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoEABlcwDZ8

posted by Issam at 4:51 pm  

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