Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Tribute to Joe Ranft

The other day, on what would have been Joe Ranft's 50th birthday, there was a lunchtime event at work where several of Joe's friends told anecdotes about him and showed home movies.

This is a video by John Musker illustrating various famous stories about Joe. I wish I could explain them, but to my great regret I had a meeting and couldn't go to the tribute.



If the video isn't formatted properly for you, click here to go to the original youtube page.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

"New Yorker" Staging

I'd swear that I read somewhere that when Disney animator Marc Davis taught drawing classes at Disney, he told his students to look at old New Yorker cartoons from the 30's and 40's and try to redraw the and improve their staging. Basically, they were always staged so well that it was a nearly impossible task. I don't remember where I read that he did that, or if it's even true...can anybody help me out here?

Anyway, I grabbed these from a CD that came with the big treasury of New Yorker cartoons that came out a few years ago. I'm sorry the quality is so low...it's the way the CD was made so that they can't be reproduced, I guess. But take a look at these and ask yourself what you would add, or remove, or draw differently to make the ideas come across better.

These are by Robert J. Day:





These are Peter Arno's:





Please let me know if these are clear enough to see; also, let me know if you found this interesting or not...I can post lots more if people liked this.

Four Years Old

So I just realized that I started writing this blog four years ago last Thursday. It snuck up on me or else I would have done something interesting for the anniversary. Maybe for the five year one....

Some fun facts:

I realized that I've been working on the same movie for the whole four years that I've been blogging.

I've written 262 posts in four years. That sounded low to me at first, but it actually works out to an average of five and a half posts a month, which is more than I would have thought.

Okay, those facts weren't very fun.

Whenever I accidentally stumble over one of my old posts I always cringe because, in retrospect, my writing always seems confusing, poorly written and even downright wrong. Everyone who reads the blog is so forgiving and supportive, so thanks for all of the great comments over the years. And meeting people who know me through the blog never gets old. So thanks to everyone for going on this journey with me and hanging in there.