There are different ways of achieving this and I think some of it is done on a subconscious level. I mean that maybe as a writer, you translate some of your own inadequacies or characteristics and some people see this as a mirror image of themselves. I think that part of the appeal of Bananaman… Read More »
Sheila Graber sent me a copy of her latest book Animation A Handy Guide with a request to review it. The book came at an opportune time, as I was just off on holiday to warmer climes, to escape our cold winter weather. It made excellent holiday reading.
The book comes complete with a DVD. When I got home from holiday I popped this into my computer player and was amazed to find, not only the complete book reproduced page by page, but now the pages were interactive so that many of the examples in the book could be brought to life and the movies mentioned were there to view. More on this later.
I recently came across an excellent website about creating animation called Make Movies. It belongs to scriptwriter Stan Hayward, notable for his work at the Bob Godfrey studio and in particular on the Henry’s Cat TV series.
It is a great resource for introducing children to animation because it is clearly laid out. It covers drawing simple cartoon characters and, as you might expect from a master of scriptwriting, some instructive and detailed articles on animation scriptwriting.
1. All the cartoon action was storyboarded to link-in with the live-action. In this scene Roger is hiding in Hoskins’ kitchen sink. He pops up and spits out a mouth-full of water. 2. A metal pipe was rigged for the live action shoot to spray out water. 3. A photostat was made of… Read More »
7. The animators also prepared a shadow matte to add shadows to Roger. This is painted with hard edges and softened in the optical printing by throwing it out of focus. 8. Shadow mattes were also used to add a shadow cast by Roger onto the front of Bob Hoskins. 9. An articulate… Read More »
Benny the Toon taxi To create the live-action for the cartoon taxi in Who Framed Roger Rabbit a small off-road vehicle was used. The actor, Bob Hoskins, holds a dummy steering wheel while the real driver sits at the back dressed in black. The spare wheel at the back of the cartoon taxi is used… Read More »
By George Collin The trouble with ordinary perspective is that it assumes an image fixed on a flat sheet of glass between the viewer and the view, square on to the viewer and with the viewer staring at a single point (see figure 1A). Although this can take in a wide field of view (up… Read More »
Chuck Jones reckons that Disney got the idea from Warner Brothers cartoons. I included a similar shot in a recent production, panning down a broken ladder to a figure at the base, figure 3. The point is that you don’t see the whole background at any one time, only part of it. It is all… Read More »