Static: An Interactive Approach to Animation by Jack Lykins

Static: An Interactive Approach to Animation is a thesis film created by Jack Lykins in SVA’s Computer Arts program. All the video and audio playback in the film is controlled by turntable, and zooms and rotations are manipulated through a MIDI interface. In other words, the filmmaker can remix their film live and create a completely original experience each time. It’s fascinating to think of the possibilities this presents; like a DJ or jazz musician, a filmmaker can now improvise within the cartoon by remixing continuity, adding new clips, and revising ideas over time. The next Tex Avery just may have to learn to use a turntable too.

A higher-res version of Static can be viewed on SVA’s website along with all the other student films produced in their computer animation and visual effects department.

(Thanks, Kevin)


  • http://www.theAMIGOunit.com bohn

    This is beautiful.

  • http://www.kohrtoons.com Robert K

    Really really awesome… I can see so many performers wanting in on this, although they may not want to compromise their art for the visuals, I can definitely see a lot more use with the system responding to set tracks.

  • Sean

    Why impose a DJ control layer over filmmaking when the filmmaker’s own tools would do the job in the language the filmmaker already understands?

    Aside from the MIDI control of sources and such (which is fine), seems like the turntable controller just encourages jerky, stuttering edits. You could have lopped off a good minute or more of the cartoon without all the stuttering.

  • http://scottmorse.blogspot.com Scott Morse

    My comics pal Jim Mahfood and I were at a DJ SHADOW show a few years back where we witnessed something similar with live-action clips on a program written by my pal Chris O’Dowd. At the time, we instantly came up with the idea of reworking it to use animation, but the labor involved with creating the raw animation to use as a “clip art” just blew our minds and we dropped the ball out of laziness. Glad to see someone running with it. It’s completely visual jazz and I’d love to be able to play with it.

  • Emily

    a complicated way to make jerky playback…
    cool, but totally unnecessary.