Thursday, February 28, 2008

A cool way to write for animation

Yeah, I know. I’ve been away from the blog for a while. Just the way things are right now. Will I be more active here? Who knows. Life comes one day at a time. I’ve learned to write any future plans for my life in very light pencil, so we’ll see. But today I had a spare minute and thought I’d drop a note…

There’s been a bit of fighting back and forth in the animation blog world about the absolute bestest most purest and historically accurate way to write for animation. There are the “story board only!” people and the “written text!” people. Whatever. A lot of hot air over a pretty insignificant topic if you ask me. But then I’ve just described about 95% of what get’s bloviated about in the animation blogosphere- including here. Ahem.

Anyhow, I came across this and thought it was cool. Hans Perk over at his A Film blog posted a 1930 script/board outline for the Mickey Mouse short “The Firefighters”. Go check it out. He’s got great scans of it to download and look at. It mixes text and thumbnails to express the story. It does a great job of quickly getting the idea across. Seems like a nice compromise. But compromises aren’t any fun when you’re engaged in ego wars over who’s more smarter at knowing everything about animation.

Ahh, navel gazing. Nothing quite like the smell of belly button lint to start your day off right. Heh-heh

Til next time, be good, chill out, go outside and breathe.