Six crazy weeks of school are finally over, and after taking 6 credits (that’s two classes or four nights a week) you better believe I’m completely and utterly exhausted. That said, posting should resume on a more regular basis with a post a day. In the meantime, here’s a few week links for you to peruse.
Report from SAS 25: “Redefining Animation”
Harvey Deneroff gives a full account of the recent Society for Animation Studies conference in Los Angeles. By all accounts, it’s a great event for anyone interested in the more academic side of animation.
The decline of Disney
The title is slightly misleading because we all know that Disney (the company) is doing great. What Jaime Weinman at Macleans is concerned about in this piece is Disney (the studio) and the rapid decline of its output and the resulting sidelining of its impact on the overall Disney company. You don’t have to be blind to see that Disney is relying more and more on either acquisitions or outside partners to produce its films, but you might inadvertently miss the shift in style that has occurred over the last 20 years.
Olly Moss’ Studio Ghibli Posters
Need I say any more? Click through for the Howl’s Moving Castle one.
A Simple Thought: Go Big. (And Stay Simple.)
Ken Fountain has this great post that looks at the ‘cartoony’ style of animation and how best to achieve it. Lots of great points and yes, the key is to go big and to stay simple.
SpyVibe: Shane Glines Interview
How could you not read this? Glines discusses his style and many classic influences in this sizeable interview.
Tweets of the Week
A lot of great and prolific tweeting this week!
Need Animator-I have a story that’s 4 seasons long, 10 episodes each. looking for maximum quality. No pay. I will warn that I am very picky.
— For Exposure (@forexposure_txt) July 8, 2013
If networks in the US don’t want us too have magical girl cartoons, we’ll just give all our money to kickstarter. <3
— Brianne (@potatofarmgirl) July 9, 2013
Dr. Lollipop animation is in! This cartoon looks so fine, it’s gonna have trouble keeping the ladies off of it..and men! @cartoonhangover
— Aliki T Grafft (@alikigreeky) July 9, 2013
Still not sure what “Cosplay” is. Pretty sure it involves people dressing up as Bill Cosby.
— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) July 9, 2013
— Alisa Harris (@CookingUpComics) July 11, 2013
When I’m writing, there’s only two things on my mind: Connecting story points and “researching” cartoons when my son comes home.
— Mike Maihack (@mikemaihack) July 13, 2013
Urophilia Society Releases it’s first animated feature: How to Drain Your Dragon.
— Elliot Cowan (@BoxnRoundhead) July 13, 2013
Ugh. Whoever made the animation of a roller coaster on the film reel before the start of a movie should pay for their crimes against mankind
— Dan Santat (@dsantat) July 13, 2013