Story or entertainment?

Does anyone care if a story is told in a film? Is entertainment enough? Should film makers respect their audience?

Einstein’s Dreams

Inspriation from a book titled ‘Einstein’s Dreams’ by Alan Lightman. He speaks of people hiding in the shadows of different time, trying not change the future and hoping to return to the right time.    

The Lemon Drop Monster

It’s finally through formatting approval at Apple iTunes and available. THE LEMON DROP MONSTER Soon I will have a new website and a section called ‘ANIMATION THOTS’, with notes, sketches, example planning, animation and ramblings.

The Lemon Drop Monster

An early design for The Lemon Drop Monster – a tad too creepy for kids. The Lemon Drop Monster children’s picture book was created with iBooks Author and is waiting final formatting approval from Apple. Good news for iBook Author users, people will be able to read your work on iMac desktop and laptop computers. Click on picture for a …

The Lemon Drop Monster

Monsters don’t like it when you sneak up on them, even at Halloween. The Lemon Drop Monster, a children’s picture book will soon be available through iTunes as an iBook. I’ve been working with iBooks Author because of the easy formatting and submission to iTunes (well, submitting could be easier). I’d love some contacts or guidance for converting to other …

Weight in Animation

Weight is described through the visual presentation of opposing forces. That’s it. Stop here or continue reading for accompanying babble and random thoughts. We want to believe that the character moved, not that someone moved the character. Force does not exist in animation. It is implied through posture, path of action, balance, timing, arcs, successive breaking of joints and on …

Story or Entertainment

An animated feature film need not have a good story to be successful. It need only entertain. Often they entertain through topical humour which has a short shelf life. If the film is a good and well crafted story it will entertain and have a far more enduring life. A good story well told is more difficult than any other …

Where did the story go?

Does anyone care if a story is told in a film? Is entertainment enough? Should film makers respect their audience? “Movies should be a positive expression that there is hope, mercy, justice, and charity” (and) “It is the film maker’s responsibility to emphasize the positive qualities of humanity by showing the triumph of the individual over adversity.” Frank Capra Look …