I turned the panorama project on its head and instead of taking photographs of actual real life objects/locations, I went into the virtual world that is World of Warcraft and made a panorama of the Dwarf capital city that is Ironforge.
“The Humorous phases of funny faces” – J. Stewart Blackton?
FIRST ANIMATION EVER 1906
– done with chalk so it was erased with each frame
“Fantasmagorie” – Emile Cohl
– first true animation in August 1908
– graphite on paper
“Walking” – Ryan Larkin
– was nominated for an academy award in 1970, but Ryan lost his way and fell into drugs and despair
“Ryan” – Chris Landreth
– a 2004 Oscar-winning animated documentary by Chris Landreth about the influential Canadian animator Ryan Larkin (see above – he did “Walking”), who in later years lived on skid row in Montreal following a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
Earl Heard 1915 – invented celluloid animation – all studios had to pay him a royalty until the patent ran into the public domain
“The Old Mill” – Disney
– tricks of the trade – multi-plane camera
– special effects animation from back in 1937 – old school cgi hand drawn and hand painted (very labour intensive)
– editing is so important, it’s how you move an audience
– as the storm builds, the shots get closer and closer – cutting/editing make the film
– Walt Disney spent only 12 years to refine animation from Steamboat Willy to Fantasia
– Disney either created or refined modern day aspects of animation
– Leonard Maltin has published numerous animation history books, including “Of Mice and Magic”
– 1937 – Snow White – used multi-plane camera up to Little Mermaid – last time it was used
– now they use D Canvas or Caps and computers to simulate 3d and distance
– “Minnie the Moocher”
– opening with Cab Calloway Hidy Hidy Ho!
– Cab Calloway was the man back in the day! Max Fleischer vs. Disney studios
– Betty Boop was one of the first fully female animated characters- early example of rotoscoping with Cab dancing – precursor to Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly plus the iPod commercials as well – music video by The New Pornographers
Waking Life – Trailer
A Scanner Darkly – Trailer
New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed)
– 300,000 cut outs to make this film – Lotte Reiniger – made in 1927
– very first animated feature film – she was the only one who did the cut outs – silhouette animation film
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello – steampunk animation
The Old Man and the Sea – Alexander Petrov
– hand painted on glass (finger painting)
– wow – incredible paintings – clouds turn into elephants – lions – the sailing ship
– amazing detail in the oar slicing through the water and having the drops drip down
– the swordfish leaps several feet out of the water and keeps puling the boat further out to sea
– phosphorescence at night is beautiful – the crowd of people on the beach is incredibly detailed
– in the credits, it shows the director Alexander Petrov hand painting each individual glass frame
Peter and the Wolf – Suzie Templeton (also did a film called “Dog”)
– stop motion puppet animation
MISC CLASS NOTES:
lots of cutting edge animation happening in music videos
international film festival – should check it out
the story of pixar – director leslie was grand-daughter of the guy who helped do steamboat willy
– the man who planted trees was roger lassiter’s inspiration – he played it to introduce his festival
– not an actual true story – was fiction – frederick back
animation = bringing life out of something static
– animation is about drawing movement
– is it possible to make a bad film with beautiful drawings (star wars 1-3, final fantasy…)
– can you make a good film with bad drawings (rejected, simpsons, don hertzfeld)
Welcome to the Show – Don Hertzfeld
– DAMN THE ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT TO HELL!!!!!
Intermission – Don Hertzfeld
End of the Show – Don Hertzfeld
Rejected – Don Hertzfeld
– animation = just for kids?!?!? nope, it is much much more
– film screenings on wednesday help showcase the various techniques
– claymation (chicken run)
– paper cut out (south park, adventures of prince achmed – first animated film ever) aka silhouette animation
– puppet animation (nightmare before christmas)
– pixelation (neighbours, space jam, white stripes hardest button to button
– object animation – stop motion (joanna priestley)
– experimental (painted glass, the street, norman mclaren)
– pin screen animation (very rare – use pin screen – NFB animations – do research – each shot is unique – cannot be recreated – alex alexsov)
– rotoscope (waking life, a scanner darkly)
– cell animation (disney, looney toons, duck amuck)
– limited animation (simpsons – all you get is mouth/hand being animated vs. disney where the entire body is animated)
aka illustrated radio because the shots are reused 1960’s cartoons like spider man)
Additional Animation clips:
The Animatrix – Final Flight of the Osiris
The upcoming film by Oliver Stone about George W. Bush – should be quite the cinematic event!
“This next gentleman comes from Brooklyn…and the best way to describe him is that he is the typical boy next door. Say hello to Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay”
WARNING – DO NOT CLICK PLAY IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED!!!
Some of the funniest scenes and the trailer from a classic spoof of the 70’s Blacksploitation film genre…props to CC for reminding me of this hilarious movie from the 80’s!
How much for one rib?
Pimp of the Year
The weather was perfect for hiking up the mountain and enjoyed a nice lunch on top of second peak – coming down however, was a bit harder, with my knees cracking every 2-3 minutes lol!