The pencil test is attributed to Frank Thomas. He did animate this sequence in the film. First years in particular should note that name.
Today we had a collaborative class where 1st and 2nd year animators worked together on the concept of ideas. We also looked at animation examples from the Lady and the Tramp (1955).
The first years looking at the film from a historical perspective, in particular taking notes on how the ideas for the story may have developed.
The second years, who will be developing storyboards, looked at how the story was pitched in the 1950's using storyboard panels pinned up on a wall. Taking note of the loose but communicative drawing style of the boards.
Wheren (a new word) animation students get their ideas:
- In the shower
- At the edge of sleep
- Sugar rush
- Mushroom risotto
- After eating
- When ill with a fever (apparently if you catch swine flu you may think you are a planet)
- On public transport
- Music: listening or playing
- Dreams (if you remember)
- Being out in nature alone
- Inspiration from other artists
- Staring at something
- Eavesdropping/ hearing something said
- Brainstorming in a group