Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Words and Pictures: Nicholas Ray pt 2

"it's an entirely different world when you get away from the typewriter..."


This totally applies to animation. I've written things I thought were good, and then when I tried to draw them, found that they didn't work or weren't practical and had to change them to take advantage of what was actually possible.

8 comments:

thomas said...

The sun becomes the director...

That's a great thought.

Ah-h-h, those analog days.....

Steven M. said...

Never thought about that, the stuff that you write that may sound great on paper, doesn't nessecerily mean it'll be good on screen.

Vanoni! said...

If an idea is hard to draw they can just run it through a computer to do all the work.

It'll still look like sin, but you don't have to make any of those complicated ol' design decisions.

Harmke said...

Same here with my current animation. But writing down the story helped me to make clear to myself what i wanted and if some things were logical. I cut out and changed a lot of things while storyboarding. And after making an animatic I had to cut out a lot and change of things again :P I think I now have only 10% left of what I wrote down in the first place haha. But that doesn't matter, it's all part of the process!

Now, in my situation it's easy to cut/change someting, because I'm the only one working on the animation. If your collegue, the scriptwriter, wrote something down that doesn't work in storyboarding/tumbnailing, you'll maybe have to kill his/her darling... that can be a tough discussion i think...

Anita said...

This reminds me of a video I stumbled upon of Walter Lantz explaining how cartoons are made.

Walter Lantz

He explains that the writers don't come in until after the storyboard has been created.

I also appreciate his mentioning that the director should have a good sense of music. Something you also point to often on your blog. Particularly your Bob Clampett posts.

This is the post that came to mind:

Timing to Melody

Thanks!

kurtwil said...

These posts are appreciated.

Whenever I discuss creating an animated short, everyone I talk to with any film industry experience says "you GOTTA write the SCRIPT first! Without that you'll go absolutely nowhere - no one will understand your idea, no one will have interest".

My background's not script writing, period. A basic outline and rough treatment I can do, as well as crude but informative story sketches.
Will that be enough for other collaborators to understand?

SoleilSmile said...

I tend to do a combination of boarding and writing. I'll write the outline, the jokes and then start boarding. As more ideas fall into place, I'll freewrite more of the story that came to me while boarding and experiencing life and then SPINE the heck out of script before I go any further and make sure the beat board serves it.
Story is tough, but at least we get better at it the more stories we create :)

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