We started off class with a more discussion on the studio system. Which I really enjoy and it fascinates me to hear Doug explain his times in the studio setting. It really helps to make a studio job seem much more reachable and able to handle. I’m not so sure if the studio setting is exactly for me, but I would love to try it and being in an environment where my ideas get reflected off of other artist and there is always experimentation and trial and error to figure out what’s the best/fastest way of producing the group project.
The two documentaries we watched in class were very interesting and educational to watch. The Chuck Jones really helped to show how effective timing is in selling a joke and selling an animated action. The level of mastery that man has is extraordinary, every action of the character really goes as far as it possibility can creating this amazing animation that explores the full physics of the character.
What was really nice about the documentary was that it allowed me to see the cartoons I had watched over and over again as a kid in a new light, not just as entertainment, but as an educational tool to help me in my own artistic endeavors. Just knowing that all the key frames were drawn by Chuck Jones in any of the shorts he created really helped me understand what the role of key frame are. They are essentially a road map in which to craft the animation around, they are the skeleton that allows the body of animated work to move around them.
Plus I had never seen the short “Line and Dot” before, and it was truly remarkable the way in which Chuck Jones breathed life into a simple line and dot.
Now the Lotte Reiniger documentary was not just extraordinary for being able to understand how she was able to create her delicate works of animated art, but being able to see the society around her and her life story really put her work into perspective. Not only was she a female artist, but she was the main creative director in all of her work. It was clear that she was not just some woman doing a creative job in a project, but she herself choose her artistic endeavors at whatever cost it would be to herself. Her later work really shows her dedication to her craft as both her and her husband were working for barely any money, but working to express themselves though a creative outlet.
It was also very nice to see the studio in which one of the first animated films was ever made. It was however a little surprising to see that entire camera fit into that tiny attic above their home, their poor knees must have just hurt forever. But that small studio is giving me inspiration for my new apartment and to hopefully find a way to set up my room to be more art centered and productive.