Friday, August 28, 2020

Ed Counts, Animator

We lose track of some folks, and then discover the lost track will be forever derailed. I met Ed Counts at an animation retreat in 1998 where we swapped techniques and tapes. We had some nice conversations after that about his experience getting Stephen Webber as a composer for his (then) latest project, the mysterious recording process at a remote Skywalker Sound studio, how he aged his print - and how exhausted his dot matrix printer *and* his daughter as his enlisted colorist. The result was "Zoetrobics," and until I can find my VHS copy of his work (Joey Learns to Fly, some Sesame Street clips), this youtube link will have to suffice.
I discovered today that Ed apparently passed away in 2009, at the age of 63. He had been instructing animation courses at Western Kentucky University. Here is "Zoetrobics," from 1998:

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