31 DAYS OF DISNEY CHALLENGE
Day 28: Traditional or Pixar animation?
I love traditional~~~~~~~~~~~!
I LOVE seeing rough animation like this oh so much. (The Pixar or Disney question is moot. There’s no competition, why invent any)
The Innovations of Fleischer Studios
Besides changing the face of animation by bringing the world the invention of the Rotoscope, as well as the concept and animation technique of "Follow the Bouncing Ball" sing-alongs, Max Fleischer and his studio also pioneered a revolutionary technique in animation, known as the “Stereoptical Process”.
In this process, a circular, 3-D model of a background - a diorama - is built to the scale of the animation cells. It allowed for a spectacular sense of depth and dimension, long before Ub Iwerks came up with the Multiplane. Within the model setup, the animation cells could be placed at varying levels from the scenery, and even between objects, so that foreground elements could pass in front of them, adding to the dimensional effect. It was an effective method for panning and tracking shots, which would require a turn of the table with each photographed cell of animation.
The process was used in many of the studio’s cartoons, particularly in their longer, “two-reel” shorts, such as Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves (1937), and Betty Boop in Poor Cinderella (1934) - the only color (albeit in two-strip Cinecolor), theatrical cartoon ever made starring the iconic animated songstress, which features her as a redhead!
So interesting :D
This is the kind of animation history I’m nuts about. The Fleischer history is fascinating, all the way through.
I’ve just come back from that Undiscovered Country from whose bourn no traveler returns…which is BEING OFFLINE. On late Friday, I declared I was heading offline for the weekend, and I came back on just now.
I thought it might be nice, but it was surprising, and now it’s left me ruminating.
I spent friday evening restlessly checking my phone, even though I had signed out of the apps, dumped them in a folder on a far back page of the iphone (next to the kids’ games, which I also keep out of sight, so they don’t nag). By Saturday morning, I had settled into it and found it remarkably nice. For one thing, there was this great…SILENCE in my head. My life around me wasn’t any quieter, but it felt quieter without being online. I don’t know why that was, but there it was. It also felt LONGER. It’s Monday, and I went off late-Friday, but it FEELS like I’ve been gone for a week or two. I’m very interested in why that is too.
But the remarkable thing was…I settled down and just got writing done. I did other stuff, but I wrote, this weekend:
3 Pages of Novel Outlines
4 Pages of the Novel
Scripted 2 pages of the comic (about five pages of script)
Wrote 2 articles, totalling around 2,500
AND work on a short story a little bit.
What’s surprising about this is the amount of FICTION that crept in. For some reason, fiction fell out a while ago and I havent’ been able to get it back. I can’t seem to reach the words or the ideas, I can’t make it work. I stare at stories with a wall of anxiety and blankness and dwarfs the anxiety I occasionally feel when it comes to writing nonfiction.
All of it was gone. I just got on with it and did a ton of work. I’m working today, too. I’m sitting here this morning, working on page 3 of the comic script.
I feel AMAZING. I feel weirdly distant from the internet — because a weekend is like a year, in Internet Time — but I feel PRODUCTIVE and, yeah, AMAZING. It feels so good to be WORKING.
So am I done being online?
That’s the tricky bit I’m musing about. This morning, I realized I was dreading turning back on twitter and the like. Not because I don’t love all the people I know on there (and I do. You are fantastic, you twitter lot) but because I had had SUCH a good weekend, I didn’t want to lose it. I didn’t want to touch anything that might affect it.
But I don’t really think going offline is the full solution. I don’t think as a writer you absolutely HAVE to be online and have a presence, but I think the nature of MY particular career’s shape means that I do. Just maybe not as constantly. We’ll see.
And also…correlation does not equal causation. A million other variables existed this weekend which could have led to me being so useful and pleased, not just No Internet. Moreover, it could’ve been nothing more than coincidence. We ignore coincidence too much, I think, but it’s a big part of life.
Definitely this coming weekend, I’ll take it off again. I’ll go away Friday and come back Monday. And somewhere in there, maybe I’ll figure out an interesting balance for everything during the week, too. I dunno.
Set this to the beginning of Led Zeppelin’s IMMIGRANT SONG and watch for hours.