Sunday, 25 March 2012

Animator Profile / Walter Disney

 Figure One / Walt

Walter Elias Disney born on December 5th 1901 in Chicago Illinois, Walt was a film producer, screen writer, entertainer and of course an animator.

Walt had a very early interest in art, around the age of seven walt sold drawings to his nieghbours in Marceline Missouri after his family moved there from Chicargo. His passion was divided by drawing and photography, he contributed to his school news paper and did fine arts in the evening to improve on his skills.

In 1918, Disney tried to enlist for the miltary services but was rejected as he was under age, so instead he joined the red cross and drove an ambulance in france for a year.

"Try to imagine a world without Walt Disney. A world without his magic, whimsy, and optimism. " (Brad A)

which makes one think, a world without Disney?, all peoples childhoods whould be a lot less colourful without Walt Disney Magic being there to entertain.

 Figure Two / Mickey

In 1928, Walt Disney created a animated character called Mickey Mouse, Walt's studio won their first academy award in 1937 with Flowers and the trees.

 Figure Three / Snow White Poster

On December 21st 1937, The first full-length animated musical feature, Snow White And The Dwarfs was premiered at the Carthey Theatre in Los Angeles. The film costed 1,499,000 to make during the depression, during the next five years the studio made other full lengths featured film;Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo And Bambi. Some critic's Views of Snow White;

"It is a classic, as important cinematically as The Birth of a Nation or the birth of Mickey Mouse." (Nugent 1938)

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. (The Russian director Sergei Eisenstein called it the greatest movie ever made.) It remains the jewel in Disney's crown." (Ebert 2001)



Sunday, 18 March 2012

Monday, 12 March 2012

Emotions And Poses Of Glove

Some Emotions and poses of my glove, but I'm still deciding whether my glove will have four fingers or the cartoon style of three.

Morph Animation

Lloyd Prior (Me)- Glove

Mike Smallwood - Bubble Gum Dispenser

George Whiley - Hat stand

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Concept Art Of Boxing Glove For Unit 5 Idea #2

Quick Painting in Photoshop of a boxing glove for my second idea for unit 5.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Concept Art Of Glove

Just a quick painting of a garden glove in Photoshop.

The Pompous Glove Idea #1

Act One - A gardener is planting a flower and goes off screen and takes of his gloves.

Act Two - a few seconds past and one off the gloves stand up and looks around, walks up to the flower and changes a few things with the flower. The Gardener comes back, puts on the gloves and wonders what happens and changes the flower to how it was.

Act Three - the gardener goes off again taking his gloves off and the same glove goes back to the flower and changes it again and stands proudly next to the flower, the glove see's the gardener coming back and flops to the floor. The Gardener comes back confused.

Different Types Of Gloves


Snow Boarder

Goal Keeper



Car driver

Michael Jackson

Friday, 2 March 2012

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Review Of The Birds

 Figure One - Poster

The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurierries of widespread and violent bird attacks over the course of a few days.
      Director: Alfred Hitchcock
·         Screenplay: Evan Hunter
·         Genre: Suspense/Horror 
·         Duration: 119 Minutes

The film starts off with a young blond Melanie Daniels, another blond beauty in Hitchcock’s films not that one is complaining, is at a pet shop when she bumps into Mitch who’s looking to buy love birds for his sister and Melanie tries and helps him, this shows that Melanie has feelings toward Mitch, I guess one could say there’s a link between Mitch searching for love birds and Melanie stalking Mitch to his house.

The film takes its time to get going but of course having  two good looking protagonists keeps most the audience interested up till when things start to get going. The fact that the birds attack human is never explained is probably the strongest point for the film others might say its the weakest but personally the film works well without explaining why, leaving it up to the viewers to decide for themselves.

"The fact that it is never revealed to the audience why normally peaceful birds suddenly start attacking humans is a technique that Hitchcock used frequently in his movies. It is called a MacGuffin (or McGuffin), which Hitchcock defines as "The plot device, of little intrinsic interest, such as lost or stolen papers, that triggers the action.” (Murray: 2011)

Figure Two - Famous Scene 

Suspense is built up greatly in “The Birds”, especially the scene where Melanie is outside the school waiting for Mitch’s sister and sits down and the camera focusing on her and the background where the school climbing frame is and then back to her smoking looking around while the children signing is clearly heard and slowly the crows start to land on the climbing frame, the scene goes on for a few minutes which builds the suspense up and the children singing going on for awhile, added to the suspense.

“Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.” (Newman 2007)

Karma seems to play a big part in the film, Melanie turns up at Bodega Bay and is attacked by a seagull as she crosses the lake to get to Mitch’s home on the first day she’s their and after that things only go downhill. Also throughout the film she is wearing the unlucky colour green which also implies karma not being on her side.

 Figure Three - Dead Man Scene

The film is an effective horror film for a number of reasons, first, as one is watching the film, mainly near the end due to the film slow pace is that this could happen, its very unlikely but it could because all it is at the end of the day is birds going crazy and attacking. Secondly, what the film does well is it has great suspense but doesn’t go crazy into gore aspect, there’s a few gouged out eyes but the film keeps it to the minium which works better than over indulging in gore.

“The Birds is an effective horror movie, although in typical Hitchcock style, there is far more scary anticipation than actual gore.” (Webster 2000)

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