Storyboards for Animation…..might not be final ones

March 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

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Second draft.. possibly final script

March 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm (Uncategorized)

EXT. LINE WORLD.  DAY

A box falls from the sky along with other objects accompanied by a crashing sound to the floor. From among the rubble Lionel jumps out, dusts himself off and smiles straight towards the audience and breaks the fourth wall.

LIONEL

Lots of distorted speaking

Lionel points upwards as though to explain where he has just come from and then turns to the audience and makes gestures as to signify he can’t be bothered to explain it anymore and continues to walk along. The whole time he’s speaking to the audience it’s very distorted.

LIONEL

Whistles a tune.

He continues to walk along the line whistling until he comes to somewhat of a coil tangling the line he’s walking on. He bends over and tries to pull it to straighten it, it doesn’t untangle. Lionel looks at the audience slightly agitated. He gives it another go and pulls at it again it doesn’t untangle. Lionel looks very angry by this time. Suddenly the line whips him up from beneath his feet causing Lionel to be thrown into the air while yelping.

LIONEL

Ahhhh..ahhh!!!

THE LINE

hahahahaha!!!

Lionel gets up and doesn’t look too happy with what has just happened. He quickly pulls out a big pair of scissors and begins to run attempting to cut the line with them. The line is too fast for him so he stops and cracks up into laughter thinking that he has frightened The Line.

LIONEL

hahaha..

Lionel then continues to walk along the line happily, until the line decides to give him a big push over. Lionel jumps up and turns around quickly while drawing for his guns and starts firing shots at the line. He fires a total of four at the line, the line dodges three and causes the fourth bullet to bounce back to Lionel as though the line was made of rubber. Lionel’s face looks surprised and his eyes grow bigger as the bullet comes closer towards him. Lionel leans back like in the matrix and fully dodges the bullet. The Line disappears. Lionel leans back up and looks at the audience looking very impressed with himself. He begins to laugh and talk to himself while walking along again.

LIONEL

Blah, Blah, Ahhhh hahaaha ahh

He comes to a pull up bar which is the line in disguise, positioned just a little bit out of his reach. He looks up at it and tries with one hand to grab onto it. Lionel doesn’t manage to reach this and begins to get angry again by showing the audience his not too happy face. He then mutters to himself while giving the post a kick.

LIONEL

why?..why?..why?

From across the room he sees a little crate, which he thinks, would be perfect to stand on and do some pull ups. He grabs it and puts it under the bar. Lionel then looks at the audience smiling again looking very happy. The lines face comes up looking very happy and begins to chuckle on the right side of the frame.

THE LINE

Watch this!

As soon as Lionel gets on the bar and attempts to do a pull up the line plays a trick on Lionel and starts to comes towards him like a lit dynamite fuse. Lionel sees this and instantly looks extremely worried for his safety. The line runs out before Lionel was able to do anything, he’s now in mid air looks down very surprised with his hands up. Lionel falls out of frame followed by screaming, shouting and crashing noises. The same way he entered the same way he left.

The End.

This draft of my script could possibly be my final script. It is much more detailed than my past script and it will also require a lot more animating as well in terms of drawing.

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The Wolf clip

March 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm (Uncategorized)

This is a short clip from Tex Avery’s The wolf cartoon.

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Tex Avery

March 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm (Uncategorized)

22/02/2011

Animator Research

I wanted to research this animator because he reminded me of my childhood, when I used to watch his cartoons. His name is Frederick Avery but is also more widely known as Tex Avery.  He was born and raised in Taylor, Texas on February 26th 1908 to parents who were from Alabama and Mississippi, unfortunately he died on August 26th 1980 in Burbank, California when he was only 72 years old, so he wasn’t really that old when he died, the cause for his death was lung cancer though most likely from smoking because he was known like his alcohol and smoked.

He first started drawing comics in secondary school and also did a short course at the Chicago institute of Art during summer in high school I’m not exactly sure whether it was late or early high school though.  After completing secondary school Tex decided moved to California to take up a job as an animator. He first started working under Walter Lantz as a painter for his cartoons but quickly learned the animation process and moved up to storyboard artist at which point he moved to Warner Bros.  He is responsible for creating a lot of well-known cartoons during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood cinema and animation. Some of them include Droopy, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.  He had also worked at MGM studios for a while after Warner Bros. after a disagreement with the producer led him to leave the company. While he was at MGM he made some of the best cartoons he had personally ever made and I think he made of the best cartoons that have ever been made in history.

I think that they are much better than Disney cartoons and will always be because they had more of a style and personality to them than a lot of the standard Disney characters that were around at the time.  Animators were trying to mimic the Disney style because that was sort of popular culture of the time in terms of cartoons, but he went a completely different way with his style of animating by using slapstick comedy and characters that get themselves into humorous situations. I believe he was an animator that was way ahead of his time and even now is still influential to a lot of people in their styles of animating.  I think the cartoons that he and other animators such as Chuck Jones and other are much better than the ones being churned out these days simply because of their style and form which appeal to both the adult audiences because of possible adult situations or younger kids because of the actions and constant gags being pulled.  Below are a couple of photos from some of the cartoons that he had done, I think his most famous cartoon is still Droopy.  He has also got a website but its not really that great to be honest it’s a tribute site but does offer such things as his life story which is where I found out some of this information from and it also offers sound and video clips for some of his cartoons.

http://www.texavery.com

Both images here are some of the characters that were created by Tex Avery, the most famous is Droopy probably but The wolf character is also one of his more famous creations.

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Hanna Barbera

March 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm (Uncategorized)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are some of my favorite cartoons, one of the main reasons for this is because they remind me of my childhood and because they are in my view probably some of the best cartoons of all time just because of the shape and form of the characters.  Hanna Barbera as well as Tex Avery have created timeless cartoons that i think generations of animators and cartoonists will come to love.

 

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First draft script

March 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Thomas Hines

EXT. STREET. DAY

A box falls from the sky along with other objects accompanied by a crashing sound to the floor. From among the rubble Lionel jumps out, dusts himself off and smiles straight towards the audience and breaks the fourth wall.

LIONEL

Lots of distorted speaking

Lionel points upwards as though to explain where he has just come from and then turns to the audience and makes gestures as to signify he can’t be bothered to explain it anymore and continues to walk along. The whole time he’s speaking to the audience it’s very distorted.

LIONEL

Whistles a tune.

He continues to walk along the line whistling until he comes to some what of a coil tangling the line he’s walking on. He bends over and tries to pull it to straighten it, it doesn’t untangle. Lionel looks at the audience slightly agitated. He gives it another go and pulls at it again it doesn’t untangle. Lionel looks to be getting very angry.

LIONEL

Screams and shouts, very distorted again

This time Lionel tugs at it with all his body weight leaned on the other side, it comes loose but he goes flying backwards followed by loads of objects that he has dislodged from pulling at the coil. His eyes grow bigger as the objects come crashing into him causing him to fly off screen followed again by loud crashing noises and Lionel screaming.

LIONEL

AHHHHHHHH!…Noooooooo!

Lionel pops his head from behind the rubble smiles at the audience again and doesn’t seem to be very phased by this. He then brushes himself off climbs, out of the rubble and continues along walking. He begins to laugh and talk to himself.

LIONEL

Blah, Blah, Ahhhh hahaaha ahh

He continues to walk until he comes to a pull up bar which is positioned just a little bit out of his reach. He looks up at it and tries with one hand to grab onto it. Lionel doesn’t manage to reach this and begins to get angry again by showing the audience his not too happy face. He then mutters to himself while giving the post a kick.

LIONEL

why?..why?..why?

From across the room he sees a little crate, which he thinks, would be perfect to stand on and do some pulls up. He grabs it and puts it under the bar. Lionel then looks at the audience smiling again looking proud of himself. As soon as he gets on the bar and attempts to do a pull up the bar breaks causing him to fall through the floor, followed by screaming, shouting and crashing noises. The same way he entered the way he left.

The End.

This is the first draft of my script, it’s really basic I think and not much happens in it.  I looked at it again and thought about it and decided it definately needed some work especially because it’s not that exciting for the type of animation that it should be, it’s quite boring to be honest. I want it to be quite up and down in terms of the pace of the characters, I also want it to be a little bit of a battle between Lionel and The Line hence the title.  In the first draft it doesn’t really make it obvious that is sort of my intention so i have to bring the line to life to make it work.  I was also thinking of time and didn’t want my animation to be too long but i’d prefer to do a bit more work on the actual story so that it turns out to be successful.

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Lionel v.s. The Line

March 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm (Uncategorized)

This was the first draft of my one sheet, I will have to make a few changes to this especially since i’ve made the title Lionel v.s. The Line and so far by the looks of it there is no interaction between Lionel and The Line as the title suggests. I will have to create some sort of identity for the line within the one sheet. I’ll also have to create a better line quality for the character and the line so that it’s easier for the audience to see what the animations are doing.

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This is funny

March 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm (Uncategorized)

This is quite funny and even though the animations themselves aren’t that great i think it still works well as a funny animation which is the only thing i think it’s trying to do.

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Good idea…..

March 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm (Uncategorized)

I thought this short film was very well thought out and also worked as an idea effectively. Even though it’s not really anything to do with animation i thought you would like to see it just for viewing pleasure.

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Top Ten Cartoon Characters of All Time

March 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm (Uncategorized)

1. Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny Turner Broadcasting
“What’s up, doc?” Bugs Bunny is, perhaps, the most recognizable and famous cartoon character. Looney Tunes were first created as lead-ins to feature films. It was only later the cartoons became a Saturday morning staple. Generations later, Bugs Bunny is still tops.

2. Homer Simpson

Homer SimpsonTwentieth Century Fox

Homer Simpson is known throughout the world. Having been on TV for over 20 seasons, this patriarch is not the father who knows best, but he certainly tries.

 

3. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse represents Disney in all its forms. He started life in black and white Steamboat Willie. Mickey Mouse isn’t just a cartoon character; he’s an icon.

4. Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson

The next favorite character from The Simpsons is Bart. We all knew a kid like Bart, and sometimes wished we were like him.

5. Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown
Introduced on TV in It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown, this comic strip staple became a holiday tradition. The kid who never kicks the football, whose dog is more popular than he is and who has a crush on the red-headed girl steals our hearts every year.

6. Fred Flintstone

The FlintstonesTurner broadcasting
Fred Flintstone is the forerunner to Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin. He was the first portly animated husband who had a hot wife, not enough brains for his schemes and a bad temper. Yet, he loved his family.

7. The Grinch

The GrinchCartoon Network
Dr. Seuss created many book characters who made the leap to TV, but none as easily and successfully as The Grinch. Another holiday favorite, his turn from selfish to selfless promotes the true meaning of Christmas.

8. Popeye

Popeye
No one has ever done so much for spinach as Popeye. His bulging forearms, squinty eyes and staccato chuckle are recognized by many generations.

9. Wile E. Coyote

Wile E. CoyoteJustin Sullivan / Getty Images
Poor Wile E. Coyote. We don’t want him to catch the Road Runner, but we sure feel bad for him. His ACME contraptions never work properly. You’ve got to admire his tenacity!

10. Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle with Flowers
Stan and Ollie. Hope and Crosby. Martin and Lewis. In the animated world, Rocky and Bullwinkle are the comedy team who saves the day. Rocky’s unending optimism coupled with Bullwinkle’s lucky mishaps save their pelts every time.

 

 

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