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对Jean-Jacques Chen的采访记录 - 2008年2月

我的名字叫Jean-Jacques Chen。

我今年27岁,是法籍中国台湾人,我在出生后不久就开始住在比利时。最近我刚刚从比利时国立La Cambre 大学视觉艺术学院的动画电影专业毕业。

我主要进行动画连续剧(或长篇电影)的制作。我的作品主要受到一些来自日本的新式动漫以及中国传统绘画美学与哲学的影响。

关于Jean-Jacques Chen

"L'épée et le pinceau"作品截图

TVPaint: 能否请你先介绍一下你自己?

JJC: 好的,简单的介绍一下: 我的父母都是中国台湾人,我出生在法国。在我出生一年之后我们全家就搬到了比利时,然后就一直住在那里。这是一个很长的故事。
如果说我为什么会对绘画产生兴趣的话,我只是记得我从小就非常西黄画画。我的父母(特别是我的父亲) 不太赞同我的这个爱好。因为他们怕我以后会以绘画为职业,最终因为赚不到钱饿死在街头,而且很有可能会变成张着大嘴皮肤僵硬的尸体。不过当然,他们最大的担心今天已经变成了现实。我因为刚刚从美术学院毕业,我所能做的可能真的只是成为一名乞丐。从这点来看,我父母的预言非常准确,他们完全可以成为算命大师。

TVPaint: 你的公司有多大规模?

JJC: 我的公司?大概有176公分高,67公斤重(指只有自己一个人)。不过我希望在不久的将来会变得再重一些(公司规模会有所增大)。

TVPaint: 你在AMK Prod公司的头衔是什么 (美猴王的徒弟)?

JJC: 好吧,我是CEO-导演-制片人-动画师-构图师-分镜师-着色师-剧本背景作者-艺术家-角色设计师-音效师-效果混合师-主厨-厨师-世界中心-和其他更多的...

TVPaint: 你是通过什么契机开始使用计算机进行动画制作的?

JJC: 自从在五年前开始,我就已经在大学中开始接触电脑制图了。
在这之前,我们还只是使用一些非常巨大并且笨重老旧的摄影机进行16mm胶片视频的制作。 以这样传统的方式我进行了2年的动画视频制作。其实我必须要承认我还是很享受那些制作过程的; 不过现在我已经开始使用电脑进行动画制作,我这才感觉到之前我在制作耗时方面是多么的奢侈,而且现在通过电脑软件进行制作又是多么便捷,可以帮我节省大量的时间。而且特别是当我意识到我曾经因为错过了使用软件中那些犹如魔法般的特效及各种便利工具而浪费了大量的时,我是多么的后悔。。因为我没有及时地意识到时间所能带来的效益,当时实在是太愚蠢了。

TVPaint: 你使用计算机进行动画制作有多久了?

JJC: 我是在8年或更早之前开始使用计算机进行动画制作的(当我购买了我第一台虽然老旧但是非常好用的Mac Powerbook G4之后)。不过其实我是由四年前才真正开始专注于完全使用电脑进行电影制作的。

TVPaint: 你在数码影像领域工作有多久了?

JJC: 于是我自4年前,特别是在2,3年前自我购买了Wacom数码绘图平板电脑之后对于电脑动画制作的喜爱就更加强烈,这种感觉一直持续到现在。

About Jean-Jacques Chen work

TVPaint: Have you created any animated shorts before?

JJC: In La Cambre, the deal was that each student has to make an individual short film every year, which wasn't without stress. Since I was in there for 7 years, I've made 7 short films, among them The Wedding Dress, another chinese tale I directed 4 years ago, which was selected at the Brussels animation festival Anima 2005.

TVPaint: How did you learn 2D graphics?

JJC: It was also in La Cambre ; although it was much more self-teaching. I had then learned the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator, and since I wasn't really interested then by the vectorial drawings, I focused on Photoshop. It was at the same time I learned to juggle with After Effects, and therefore learn to make the compositing of my movies.

TVPaint: What sort of graphics do you use TVPaint Animation to create?

JJC: I really discovered TVPaint only one year ago, so I didn't really had the time to explore it widely because I was fully working on my last student film. This one speaking of chinese painting, I went in that direction to learn TVPaint.

TVPaint: What was the most challenging project you have worked on?

JJC: My last student film : The Sword And The Brush.
It took me a little more than 2 years to make it.

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TVPaint: Do you have any artists or film that really influence your work?

JJC: There's too many of them to all put them here.

Let's say for the main ones :

In animation : The first one would definitely be Impression of Mountains and Water, from the Chinese master Te Wei. Made during the beginning of the 80ie's in the Shanghaï studio, this movie visually represents the ultimate reference of what I want to do (see above).
In addition, I have also to add the Ghibli Studio (Princess Mononoke from Hayao Miyazaki is my favorite movie of all times, and the one which confirm to me my decision to make animation my life), the wonderful Frederick Back (The Man Who Planted Trees, the Mighty River...), Shinichiro Watanabe (CowBoy Bebop, and overall Samurai Champloo !), Masaaki Yuasa (Mindgame), Michael Dudok de Wit (The Monk And The Fish, Father and Daughter...), and many more...

In live films : Zhang Yimou (especially for Hero and its inspiring chinese aesthetism), Tsui Hark ( Once Upon A Time In China, The Blade, Seven Swords...), and many more also...

In graphic novels and comics : The genious Osamu Tezuka (overall Phoenix, Buddha, and the Three Adolph). I also appreciate the sensibility and humor of Lewis Trondheim, Boulet, and Manu Larcenet, whose are today's famous french authors.

And in litterature : Patrick Suskind (The Perfume), Daniel Pennac (the Malaussène series, Like A Novel), Gu Long (The 4 Bandits of HuaBei, Li's Flying Dagger...), and of course, most of all, The Journey To The West : the tale of Sun Wu Kong the Monkey King, whom is my very favorite fictionnal character.

I told you I had too many of them...

TVPaint: How long have you been using TVPaint Animation?

JJC: Since a little more than a year (whew, this answer looks like holiday)

TVPaint: What are some projects you've worked on with TVPaint Animation?

JJC: The Sword and the Brush, and lately the music clip of Clover's Cloe : If I Was A Thief.

Jean-Jacques Chen and TVPaint Animation

"L'épée et le pinceau"作品截图

TVPaint: What do you feel are some of the best features in TVPaint Animation?

JJC: There is so many of them ... Some of those I had the time to test and seemed particularly handy to me are : the animated custom brushes, and the very easy way you can create them ; the autopaint effect ; the workplan rotation, the multiplane camera ; the scan cleaner ; the FX Stack system (although it's unfortunately only possible to make it on one layer at a time), the light table, the particles... and of course the easily usable timeline (left-right for back-forward, up-down for going from a layer to another one... hard to make it easier), on which you can color all the frames one after the another. For a guy who started to learn how to make digital movies with the duo Photoshop-After effects, I can definitely tell that using TVPaint is much more easier and time-saving than my former method. Oh, and I almost forgot : I don't know any other software that fits so well my graphic tablet (it reacts to the pressure, the speed, the inclination, the direction, the orientation of the stroke...)

TVPaint: What are some of the main reasons you use TVPaint Animation?

JJC: For all the reasons I told before. I'm convinced that in a very close future, TVPaint will eventually become THE incontrovertible software for all the animators, amateurs or professionals... And I don't think that I'm the only one who thinks like that.

TVPaint: How has TVPaint Animation improved your work?

JJC: It considerably fastened the whole process of making a film by simplifying almost all the steps of the production, compared to my former method. And when the tedious part of the work vanished, it let you much more time to the joy, the curiosity, and the will to create, to explore all the possibilities you're offered to.
Among others for example, the autopaint effect was providential for my last film.

TVPaint: Did the advancements in TVPaint Animation make it easier to complete the shots and achieve better quality than you could have in the past?

JJC: It's hard to tell because I've got only few occasions to test them. The only one I Tried was Mirage, and it was more than a year before. I had already heard some very good echoes from it, then ; but now that I have TVPaint Pro, I just don't care about it anymore.

"L'épée et le pinceau"作品截图

TVPaint: What especially do you like about TVPaint Animation?

JJC: I truly like the fact that we can really feel that this software was develloped by people who are animators first, and thus, knows perfectly what kind of tools animators would need.
Of course, there is still some small imperfections, but they are way lighter than all the advantages that soft brings to us.

TVPaint: Do you use any tools to expand the native TVPaint Animation toolset?

JJC: I frequently make my own animated brushes (another function that fasten a lot the work ) ; in the other way, I still don't know the soft enough to use the george scripts, which also seems quite handy.

TVPaint: Does the ease of use of TVPaint Animation assist your work?

JJC: Hell, yeah ! Although the screen looks like a plane dashboard for the beginners, once you're used to, you'd wish that every animation software were build like this.

Conclusion

TVPaint: 你目前正在进行某个动画项目的制作吗?

JJC: 目前,我正在寻找一份关于动画制作方面的工作。但是在比利时,因为现在基本没有什么动画制作项目,以及这方面的公司所以很难找到这样的工作。我用了两年的时间才完成了我上一部电影的制作。这部电影耗费了我大量的体力与精力。不过现在情况却好了很多。
在那之后,我帮助我的朋友为一个叫做La P-Loche工作制作了一个很短小的宣传视频,而且我还曾参与制作了布鲁塞尔的年轻歌手Cloé du Trèfle的第一部音乐视频“Si j'étais voleuse (if I was a thief)”的动画制作。
不过现在,我想更专注于我制作我自己的动画项目。尽管这只是我第一次尝试自己一个人完成动画电影或连续剧的制作,可是我觉得应该先在头脑中有比较清晰的构思然后才着手进行制作。
假如再过一段时间我还是无法在比利时找到工作,我可能会回台湾或是去魁北克碰碰运气,看是否能找到一份合适的工作。

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TVPaint: 你有什么特殊的制作心得与全世界的TVPaint用户一同分享吗?

JJC: 因为TVPaint提供了很多实用的工具以及多种不同的功能。对一名动画师来说它真的很具有诱惑力,去吸引人们不断的发现它,并尝试它,并最终完全迷失在其中(太多的自由杀死自由)。我可以分享哪些使用技巧?第一,如果你还不知道该如何使用这款软件:仔细阅读Fabrice 写的使用手册(在我的身边,我花了3天时间才完全读懂它,并花时间去实践所有的步骤),因为在使用手册中真的是面面俱到,而进行了很好的解释。即使你没有明白所有的内容,你还是可以找到你想要的功能然后再花时间去弄懂它;不要试图掌握所有内容不够,因为它们实在是太多了:没有人能完全做到!有太多的东西要学。只有时间和动机会让你领略它的魅力所在。


对于TVPaint软件用户的建议 :

除非你有非常多的硬盘空间。因此尽量避免只在一个文件中进行长期项目的制作,因为在我们看到了TVPaint所有优点的同时,伴随其巨大的文件尺寸问题也会不断发生。在进行不同文件的处理之后,带有多平面摄影机或自动瞬间颜色填充的1G项目的处理时间将少于10秒钟。
多使用自定义笔刷。通过这款软件你可以随心所欲地创建出任何你想要的笔刷。在目前市场上出现的其他软件中你绝对找不到这样的功能。这也是这款软件的独特之处。

假如你的问题不能在使用手册中找到答案,你还可以去TVPaint的在线论坛中与全世界的其他用户共同寻找你问题的答案。当你在论坛上写出问题之后的30分钟左右就会有一大队人来帮助解决并分析这个问题。其实这个在线论坛更像是一个在线售后服务系统。因为在线的技术支持以及其他热心的用户会在第一时间内为你提供非常多种的解决方案。我想正在读这个采访内容的人们已经明白了我想说的事情,对吗?

TVPaint: 你对那些希望自己制作动画的动画师们有什么想说的吗?

JJC: 不要害怕受苦,流汗,流血.因为动画行业可能是这个星球上最耗时,最古怪的工作之一。不过,随之而来的却是能够体验在动画制作过程中的奇妙之旅。

TVPaint: 你对那些刚刚使用TVPaint Animation软件或正在考虑使用这款软件的人们有什么建议吗?

JJC: 正像我之前所说的,假如你正在使用某种其他软件或方式(比如photoshop-after effect)在进行动画制作的话,一旦你接触到这款软件你绝对会爱上它。

TVPaint: 还有其他别的吗?

JJC: 假如有人对我的作品有兴趣的话,请浏览我的个人博客 :

www.ardes-prod.blogspot.com

随时欢迎你的到来。

TVPaint: 非常感谢

JJC: 非常感谢你能与大家共同分享你丰富的应验。

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