Sunday, May 01, 2016

Brad Bird - Playful Cinema (By Royal Ocean Film Society)

Here's a fantastic analysis of some of Brad Bird's cinematic choices, and a good reminder for those of us telling stories, of focusing on the story!  This same thought process can be applied to animation by making choices based on story, character, and entertainment rather than purely by style, or because it moves with satisfying visual design.  Squash/stretch, contrasting poses, and rhythm are important, and part of visual art, but are more powerful when we use them to serve the story of the character (and just as importantly don't use them when it distracts from it!)