“The Empty Reflection” is an animated short about a vampire who desires to be seen as a human.
“The light of heaven burns! I cannot see myself in the darkness”. He is lost in the dark. Is he a good person or is he an evil person? Who knows.
My animation is about a vampire who desperately wants to be good but his vampiric nature makes it hard for him. I use exciting effects to explore the character’s mind and Toon Booms rigging tools to bring the characters to life (well as lively as an undead monster could be!)
The animation has been created in 2D with sound effects and voice work created by a friend who is an actor and musician – Tony Sharp.
The reason I chose a vampire as my lead character is to explore the base assumptions held by people when it comes to what a vampire represents. They will almost certainly assume at the beginning that the vampire is evil but over time they will have to question that assertion. The character in my story is a deconstruct of a vampire, he takes all the things you assume a vampire to be and flips them around. There is also the idea of nature vs nurture, it’s natural for a vampire to want to drink blood and the vampire in my story is so addicted to blood that he can barely stay in the same room as a person. However, despite this conflict, he feels he needs to overcome this very real addiction so that he can be a good person. I believe it’s very relatable as many people are addicted to things that are bad for them.
My name is Joseph Punton, I am an animator and artist. I have a love for nature and life and try to represent them in my animations. I believe the best art often has a deep meaning behind it, Art can be critical, inspiring, it can enlighten and it can tell us things about ourselves and the world around us. My ideal job would be character design or character rigging for a 2d animation company but Im also interested in the animation process as well and would love a job animating.
I am a student studying 2D animation at Teesside University.
I am a skilled 2d character rigger and character designer. I have experience rigging in Toon Boom Harmony, I can use master controllers and pair all the nodes in the node view to create easy-to-use rigs. I have rigged it all, mouth movements head rotation, body movement. All the characters in my animation have been designed by me. I used color theory and shape theory in designing the characters. I have done a years worth of work creating animated ads for an electronics company, I found the process fun and creative.
Toon Boom, Photoshop, Maya, Blender,
I have worked on a couple of group animation projects, I have worked on an animated music video and created an animated short as part of a team. I have had one year of experience working for a tech company where I have created animated ads for them. I have created an animated ad for a charity. MJS Computers, Owen Lamont,
Drawing, Painting, I like to airbrush and do pottery. I paint models, program games, and design comics in my free time.