Monday, May 15, 2006

More Glen Keane notes me psychic but I picked up a subtle feeling that people would like more Glen Keane handouts. Okay, okay, here you go!

Now most of these are already available on the web. If you go to this page of Animation Meat and click on "Glen Keane notes" you will find most of these. They are retyped and formatted into a handy pdf format for you. And if you click on "Drawing and Animating 4 Legged Animals" you will find another amazing CalArts handout from Glen.

So all I can offer you that's different is that these are the originals. They are written in Glen's own hand. I don't know, to me their meaning is a little bit clearer this way and these are easier to print and hang on your wall than the pdf files, I guess. I don't want to scan my version of the 4-legged one because the Animation Meat one is pretty good. It's a ton of pages and it's all on 11 x 17 so it would take me days to scan it in pieces and re-assemble it in my computer.

However, I do have one thing that I haven't seen posted yet. Glen wrote and drew this interesting sheet about "fishing for your audience." If you go back and read my Legacy Panel posts (which were about animators at Disney who recently sat down and talked about what they learned from Disney's "Nine Old Men") this seems to be Glen's attempt to distill all that he learned from them about how to treat your audience. It's a hard thing to explain to others and Glen did a great job of trying to find concrete metaphors to put it across.

Now when I first laid eyes on it I was eighteen years old, just starting out at CalArts and struggling to animate a walk cycle that didn't look like the character was handicapped. So although I wheedled the upperclassmen into giving me a copy of this, I didn't know what to make of it. It just seemed to be a bunch of empty platitudes to me. I thought the world of Glen and I wanted more than anything to understand what he was trying to say but I just couldn't connect with it.

Just like his handout on "The Dynamics of Animation Drawing" I understand what he was trying to say a lot better now. Now when I look at these I am amazed by his ability to get to the point and put great truths about storytelling and animating in a simple way. But like many things in life seeing it written down is helpful, but ultimately you must struggle and experiment and fail to ultimately understand this stuff. Not to sound too overly-dramatic, but I don't think any of this can be taught. It can only be learned.


Benjamin De Schrijver said...

Great stuff! Thanks a lot! That last one is really interesting.

Oh, and just as a sidenote: it may not be as professional, but if you ever want to take quick scans of big things, you can always just take a picture with a digital camera. Quality is always high, and it's really fast. (not saying you should do that with those other notes, though, the ones on animationmeat ARE very clear).

Steve said...

Thanks Mark, these are Awesome =]

And yes... I did want more =]

Marmax said...

I always like the notes on story like the 'fishing' page. It's so simple but easily lost or overlooked.

Victor Ens said...

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clifford chiu said...

thanks for posting these notes!!


Cialis said...

I would like to take many lessons in one school crimes, I would like to be a cop or something like it, excellent review!