Saturday, February 14, 2009

Animation Quotes

Well hello there Mr Blog. Yes, my blog is a mister because that's how I roll.

I would promise to post more often, but I'm gonna guess that is the absolute most cliché blog promise in the world.

For now, I would just like to plug this wonderful book I just read.

John Canemaker wrote a book over a decade ago, on the Nine Old Men that is just a wonderful must read for aspiring animators. even if you aren't a crazy aspiring animation historian like I am, you can get a lot out of it. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"[Ward] Kimball studied all the performing arts, including ballet. Once he proved to his doubting daughter Kelly (then a preteen studying dance) that he knew all the classical ballet foot positions. "He did everything perfect," she discovered with amazement. "He had his body right, he had his arms right. I realized this is a man who watched ballet and he really is what he says you have to be as an animator. You just have to know everything!"

"If you're going to spend two days on the scene, you ought to spend the first day with your arms folded staring at a blank piece of paper. Because until you can visualize the thing and know exactly what you're going to do with it, you can't draw it."
-- Ham Luske

Every drawing in your scene has to be acting. For example, Laurence Olivier, wouldn't just have acting on poses -- he moves between them. His thought processes are working between poses, and his acting is continued through every frame of film. That's the way you have to do it. So many guys will just use the extreme poses to show their acting and that isn't correct.
-- Fred Moore

The whole thing with creativity is that there's something new to do out there. Why not give it a try?
-- Marc Davis

Next time I'll give a much delayed update on my life.

That's all. Enjoy!

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