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Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

An alternate option to stop motion would be puppetry, like the Torn on the Platform video. There would be quite a few issues with using puppets though, such as actually making a puppet that can be controlled effectively, and also research into how to make one move with any… dignity? Which would then also require practice runs before the final filming.

There would also be the technical issue of acquiring a film camera, and editing the video after – although I’m sure we would be able to rent one from AUCBs store, and they must have video editing software available for us to use in either Animation, Film or Digital Media Production.


Here are some examples of puppetry:

We could also use hand puppets if we could make one, like the Muppets:


Stop Motion Research

Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

With my thoughts of using stop motion for the project I decided to look up some interesting examples of stop motion animation, hurrah YouTube!

The following is the video for ‘Her Morning Elegance’, directed by Oren Lavie. I really love this animation, I think the level of detail and the imagination that the director must have had to think of it is incredible – and i love the Sock-Fish! 😀

I found some other amazing stop motions on YouTube that i am going to post up here:

And last but definitely not least, this AMAZING animation [well I think it’s pretty cool anyway…]

Deco Revolution…

Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

Considering Frank Sinatra and Swing were during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s I thought that I shoulkd have a look at Art Deco.

Art Deco was the most fashionable style of design during the 1920s and 1930s in Europe and America, and was mainly characterized by sleek geometrical and stylized forms and bright colours.  Art Deco was originally a luxury style, with costly materials such as ivory, jade, and lacquer much in evidence. However, when the exhibition Machine Art in New York, the emphasis was on the general style and impression of an interior rather than upon the individual craft object. Perhaps partly because of the effects of the Depression, materials that could be easily mass produced—such as plastics—were adapted to the style.

Art Deco visibly takes inspiration from a multitude of art movements, such as cubism, fauvism, constructivism and futurism. Art Deco also takes inspiration from streamlined forms of certain artists of the period.

– The Rocketeer –

Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

The Rocketeer is a comic series written in 1982, and is a homage to pulp heroes in comics of the 1930-40’s.

The series is a bout a young pilot who finds an experimental Jet Pack created by Howard Hughes, and is set in 1930’s America. Dave Stevens gave the whole comic a very retro and deco feel to the artwork and design in the comic, and mimics the idealistic futurism apparent in that era.

I love the slick and linear design, and the futurism style. I think that this could be very helpful in designing characters or backgrounds for our animation – and could look quite bold on camera, which would be nice.

I also love the colouring and the chroma-colour/technicolor  effect it has.

The Queen of Pin-Ups.

Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

After looking at Dita Von Teese, I thought I should quickly mention one of her main idols, the notorious Betty Page.

Betty Page was one of the very first fetish/bondage pin-ups – and was frowned upon, even though she was actually quite tame in her imagery. She was however very inspirational to fasion in the 50’s, and a lot of modern designers who look for a ‘vintage’ style are influenced by photos of her. She also is a cult icon, and has been called the ‘Queen of Pin-ups’ by many.

Her long black hair, with the cropped fringe has also been a cultural icon, examples can be found in a lot of ‘Goth’ hairstyles, fasion and artwork – such as ‘Emily Strange’

Author/Illustrator Dave Stevens also did a lot of drawings of Betty Page, and in his cult comic book series/graphic novel, The Rocketeer –  the hero’s girlfriend was modelled after Betty Page.

Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese.

Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

From looking at Cabaret I decided to look into some modern applications of the style, the biggest name in this genre would noticeably be ex-wife of Marilyn Man

son and Pin-up model, Dita Von Teese. I borrowed Dita Von Teeses’ book from my girlfriend, entitled ‘Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese’ – an interesting two-in-one book, in which in one half she talks about 1920’s to 1950’s fasion and what men wanted/what looked good and what was risque, and if you flip it over the other half is on the more secretive and taboo fettish material, and her inspiration gathered from these eras.

It also has some information on some of her favourite designers, pin-up idols, and fettish icons – such as Betty Page.

The following are a few scans I took from the book :]

The book also has some very nice photos, and more relevent to my studies the fonts and bordereds, as well as things like the layout of pages and colouring are very 50’s inspired. I particual


Posted in Development work on March 24, 2010 by Gniniar

As a bit more research into Broadway productions I watched the 1972 movie adaption of Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse and the creators of the stage show. A brief outline is that Sally Bowles, an American singer in 1930’s Berlin, falls in love with bi-sexual Brian. They are both then seduced by a rich playboy. Sally becomes pregnant, and Brian offers to marry her… all the characters are linked by the Kit-Kat club, a nightspot where Sally sings. There were a lot of these underground, more risquĂ© entertainment clubs during the 30, 40s and 50’s and feature alot in broadway – such as Guys and Dolls, with the Hot Box Club, and Chicago – with various night clubs, as well as films such as Moulin Rouge.

Some posters and stills from the film Cabaret, as well as other photos of stage productions of the famous show. I love the style of the film and I think that the posters are cool, I like the stylised realism used to depict Liza Minnelli, and I think that the text is also quite quirky. The costumes in the show/film are amazing as well.

There are also some clips from the film available on Youtube, the following are two of my favourite songs from the film.