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DIY Animation Film »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, DIY Animation, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Animation - Making Your Own Film

Anyone aspiring to be taken seriously as an animator would be well advised to first learn how to draw and then to learn the animation basics.

No matter if you are interested in doing 3d computer animation or stylised 2d drawings if you can’t draw you are at a disadvantage. Drawing is best learned from doing life drawing lessons, from studying other people’s work who can draw and from just practising.

Leaning to draw will teach you things like anatomy, character, design and composition, all very important as an animator, and also how to...

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Persepolis Case Study »

Amy Charlewood | Wednesday February 12, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Persepolis, Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Biography, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Persepolis (2007)

Introduction and Synopsis

Persepolis (2007) is based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi’s called The Complete Persepolis and is a coming-of-age memoir that tells of the author’s experiences growing up during and in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Persepolis was also adapted into a 2007 animated film of the same name, written and directed by Satrapi along with Vincent Paronnaud.  The film went on to win the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was...

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Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Wallace and Gromit, Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards, British Film, Comedy, Crime, Independent, Hot Entries, CCEA, CCEA Case Studies

Synopsis

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It is Gromit’s birthday and he is feeling particularly ignored by Wallace. When the post arrives, he eagerly seeks it out but find a rather tacky and unoriginal card ‘To a dear dog’ from Wallace and nothing else. Wallace presses his alarm for breakfast and reminds Gromit that it is his turn for breakfast, so Gromit obliges. Wallace finally gives Gromit his presents, which bemuse him - a collar and lead (so he can finally look like he “belongs to someone”) and techno-trousers that can take him for walks.

Gromit goes for a walk with the techno-trousers, but...

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The Incredibles Case Study »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, The Incredibles, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | The Incredibles

Synopsis

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In the beginning of The Incredibles, superheroes are celebrated by the city folk; they are celebrities, interviewed on television. Mr Incredible is able to prevent a number of crimes: rescuing a cat from a tree; preventing a heist; saving a man trying to commit suicide; capturing a thief; preventing a train crash; and a bank robbery - even on the way to his wedding to Elastigirl. During his missions, a young fan of Mr Incredible, Buddy, who goes by the name Incrediboy, keeps trying to help him. Mr Incredible...

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Spirited Away Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Spirited Away, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Films Case Study | Spirited Away

Synopsis

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Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) follows the story of a young girl, Chihiro as she crosses the border between the human world and the spirit world. En-route to their new home, Chihiro’s parents stop at (what they think) is a disused theme park site. Despite being abandoned, one stall has food; without question her parents greedily eat the food, but as night falls Chihiro is warned by a spirit, Haku to leave. As she flees, she realises her parents have been turned into pigs and she must save them....[ read full article ] »


Animation Links »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, DIY Animation, Animation Links, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

2D Animation Software

Adobe AfterEffects [PC & Mac]
Publisher: Adobe
License: Free Trial
Comments: Motion graphics and visual effects for film and media.

Animator-9 3.6 [PC]
Publisher: Key Technology
License: Free
Comments: Make animated GIFs from your digital camera.

AniS 1.0 [PC]
Publisher: Tom Whittaker
License: Free
Comments: Simple image manipulation for the web.

Bauhaus Mirage [PC]

Jumpwel [PC]
Publisher: Phildes
License: Free
Comments: Basic object manipulator for use in HTML; uses Java applets.

Macromedia Flash [PC & Mac]
Publisher: Macromedia
License: Free...

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Animation 1990 Onwards »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards

The Digital Era

The 90’s Disney Boom

While the British features stumbled in and out of the cinemas Disney stormed ahead with their animation revival which had began with Roger Rabbit. In the two decades since Walt Disney’s death their feature output had become decidedly patchy. Some high points had been ‘The Aristocats’ (1967) and ‘The Rescuers’ (1977) and by the time of ‘The Fox and the Hound’ (1979) the ‘Nine Old Men of Disney’, the original animators who had been the backbone of the company, were on their way out. They were being replaced by a new...

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Animation from 1970 - 1990 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1970-1990

The Fading Lightbox

Terry Gilliam and Monty Python

Gilliam was born in Minneapolis and studied political science before finding his way into being a writer and cartoonist. When work dried up in the USA he came to London, worked, or tried to work, at various animation studios (Bob Godfrey’s Movie Emporium turned him away for being ‘too good’!), then through John Cleese got some sketches on the children’s comedy ‘Do Not Adjust your Set’ (1967). Here he met other comedians who would go on to form the team behind ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. Gilliam then got...

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Animation from 1945 - 1970 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1945-1970

Post War Animation - The TV Age

‘Animaland’: David Hand and Gaumont British Animation Studios

In 1945, David Hand, the director of Disney’s ‘Snow White’ was hired by the great British film producer J. Arthur Rank (more rhyming slang?) to come to Britain to set up a Disney type animation studio here. They chose not to locate in London or another of Britain’s bombed out cities, but in the picturesque Moor Hall in the village of Cookham-on-Thames, Berkshire.

In its short existence the Gaumont British Animation Studios was a hive of creativity and many animators...

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Animation from 1928 - 1945 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1928-1945

The Rise Of Disney and The First Sound Cartoons

In 1927 the first ‘talking’ motion picture was released, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolsen, which helped to popularize sound in films. Many cinemas now fitted the sound technology to show the new films.

Walt Disney

In 1928 Walt Disney rushed out ‘Steamboat Wille’ the first widely distributed synchronised sound cartoon, ‘Steamboat Wille’ (synchronised or sync, means when the sound effects and talking are in time with the actions seen on screen). The cartoon ushered in what has become known as the Golden Age of...

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Animation from 1908 - 1928 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1908-1928

Windsor McCay and The Silent Animation Boom

Windsor McCay

In New York Windsor McCay was a successful newspaper cartoonist of the time, his most popular strip being ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’, a brilliantly designed and illustrated full page colour comic strip. He spent four years turning this into a cartoon ‘Little Nemo’ (1911) which was met with much success and followed this with ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’ (1913) which became a sensation of the day. When McCay showed ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’ he would appear alongside the film onstage carrying the bullwhip and...

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Pre 1908 Animation - The Early Years »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, Pre-1908, Hot Entries

The beginnings of animation can perhaps be traced back to a paper published by Peter Roget in 1824 for The British Royal Society called ‘The persistence of vision with regard to moving objects’. Following this came the invention of such devices as the phenakitstoscope (1831), the zoetrope (1834) and the praxinoscope (1892), all variations of the idea of sequence of images viewed on a rotating drum, although these were all somewhat preceded by a very basic zoetrope invented in ancient China around 180 AD!

(A modern more sophisticated version of the zoetrope can be seen in...

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