David Lobser at the Carpenter Center

by Nayeli Rodriguez

David Lobser, Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, gave a talk last night at the Carpenter Center and gave audience members a retrospective look at his work. Lobser, who has contributed to such high-profile animation projects as The Matrix III and King Kong, offered an interesting look at how the art of computer animation has changed since he first started animating over a decade ago.Lobser's early work overtly cultivates a sense of creepiness, something Lobser says may be inspired by his childhood love of David Lynch and horror films like The Shining. His 2000 short Arcade is a good example: [http://www.youtube.com/v/2VxAMaxz3Vo&hl=en&fs=1&] The eerie feel of some of Lobser's early animations, is largely due to their musical scores. If you try to imagine another one of his shorts, Elephant Girl, without music, you can see what Lobser's talking about when he says that "Sound 80 percent of animation." [http://www.youtube.com/v/GIJidOQ-kzU&hl=en&fs=1&] Lobser also mentioned that a lot of his early films were "too dark. I was hoping to make some money as an artist in the commercial world and now one was giving out huge grants to make creepy films." For his 30-second spot for Frito Lays chips and bean dip, Lobser (who also works as an independent commercial animator) seems to have struck a balance between satisfying his creative impulses and delivering a commercially viable product: [http://www.youtube.com/v/OYolmh5LDbU&hl=en&fs=1&]

[Caption: Image from David Lobser]