Animation

MOVIE TALK: Coraline

Coraline, which opens this Friday (February 6), is the kind of movie critics love to praise.  They’ll use words like “quirky” and “whimsical”… they’ll congratulate it on being a kids’ movie that dares to be “dark”… they’ll laud it for using old-fashioned stop-motion animation.  And in their rush to appear smart or hip or...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part Three

Today we wrap up our chat with Canadian animator and author Ellen Besen, who’s been explaining the ropes of animation and offering advice on breaking into the industry… ME:  ELLEN, IMAGINE YOU HAVE STAR STUDENT WHO HAS JUST GRADUATED, HAS A TERRIFIC PORTFOLIO, AND IS ABOUT TO LEAVE BUBBLE OF SCHOOL.  WHAT ARE THE...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part Two

Hey, screenwriters— We’ve been chatting with Ellen Besen, an accomplished animator and author of the great new book, Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know. Last time, we talked about creative principles of animation.  Today, we’ll learn the rules of breaking into the industry...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part One

Hey, folks— We have a special guest with us for a couple days, animator and National Film Board of Canada director Ellen Besen, author of the recently released Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know.  I had read Ellen’s book and loved it… and...

BOOK REVIEW: Animation Unleashed

Hey, everyone— A few years ago, I wrote a screenplay which (unfortunately) never sold, but got me a bunch of meetings around town… including a meeting with the Disney animation department.  It wasn’t an animated movie, but it had some elements that were very animation-ish, so they asked me if I’d be interested in...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Charlie Stickney… Writing For Animation

Hey, screenwriters– One area of entertainment I’ve never worked in– but often get questions about– is animation.  And with all the booming animated projects out there– Family Guy, The Simpsons, Drawn Together, The Incredibles, The Triplets of Belleville, etc.– I decided to spend a few minutes with my friend Charlie Stickney, a screenwriter, artist,...