Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Looking at Slapstick

Today I was talking to Phil about my story board. We were brain storming ideas of how I should go about making my storyboard. We thought of the beginning and the end, but the middle was giving me some trouble. So Phil told me to look at some slapstick comedy to give me ideas of making some thing simple into something disastrous. So today I watched a lot of slap stick cartoons, mostly Goofy's series. I first looked at Donald Duck because in every situation he always looses his temper, So I thought I could look at the temper outburst of slapstick, the second was Goofy because he always turn something simple into a disaster, and I also know that he has a very flexible body, since he turns into knot with the object he is using. I thought he would be a good reference for the contortionist part of my story. And finally Tom and Jerry, these guys are just full of slap stick, with hurting each other, the expressions they make when feeling pain, and their bizarre rivalry of cat and mouse.

Here are some videos I found to be very helpful with my story.

Goofy The Art of Skiing

Donald Duck Bellboy Donald

and Donald Duck Sea Scouts

1 comment:

  1. As part of your forthcoming Animation project (Unit 5), you will be participating in a series of 2D animation workshops with Meg Bisineer – a sessional lecturer coming to us from the Royal College of Art.

    Meg has asked that you equip yourselves with an ‘animator’s tool kit’. She recommends that you visit www.chromacolour.co.uk and purchase the following items BEFORE your first workshop on Friday 12th March.

    Economy grade 60gsm A4 punched (1000 sheets – pre-punched) - £22.99


    3-Pin Plastic Pegbar - £2.99


    The pre-punched paper and the pegbar are both necessary for the effective registration of your drawings. You will be working on your own individual A4 lightboxes – which the course is providing. Yes, it’s going to cost you some money, but the pre-punched paper and pegbar will save you a great deal of time and prep. See below for further requirements for your animator’s tool kit

    1) Sketchbooks: at least A5 size or bigger.

    2) Pencils: HB & 2B.

    3) Eraser / Sharpeners.

    4) A blue or red colour pencil.

    5) A4 paper - 60 gsm (60-80 sheets)*

    6) A strip of thick cardboard : 15cm x 2 cm*

    7) Masking tape*

    8) Paper knife*

    9) Ruler*

    *Note – these items are necessary if you DON’T order the specified supplies from Chromacolour – as Meg will show you a basic way to create an alternate means of registration.

    In terms of paper cost – share a box with a classmate and split the costs. The weight of the paper is important (60gsm) because it is translucent, thus allowing you to see through it to your previous drawings.

    Also – if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you should get hold of the following

    The Animator's Survival Kit : A manual of methods, principle and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators: by Richard Williams, published by Faber and Faber.

    The Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells, published by AVA Publishing.

    Meg has designed a very thorough curriculum for your 4 workshops - be amazing!