Tony Zhou on Chuck Jones

Tony Zhou features Chuck Jones in his latest Every Film a Painting Series:

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

Video Games and Animation History Come Together in Cuphead

Updated Again: Added more images released summer 2015 Update: Last year we took a look at a game under development by Studio MDHR called Cuphead. The creators of this game have somehow been able to capture the look, feel and style of 1930s animation with astonishing fidelity. It’s obvious that they draw great inspiration from the work of the Fleischers (Swing, You Sinners) and Disney (Hell’s Bells). Since we last checked in with the development of this game, there has been some updates on their production blog and press kit. I’ve added additional screenshots and images to this post. Last year, I wrote: As we start the Spring semester General Art  6th graders are working on their Video Game Concept Proposal Projects while 7th and 8th graders in Cartooning & Animation  will continue, among other things, learning about the history of animation. All of these subjects come together nicely in a video game under development by Studio MDHR called Cuphead. The independent game studio is made up of two brothers who have apparently found a way to merge their obvious love for old animation with their video game development skill. Continue Reading ›

Staging and Blocking in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Vashi Nedomansky has assembled a comprehensive collection of resources for the film Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a glorious obsession of mine. I have watched it close to 100 times and always glean a new detail or filmmaking tidbit on each viewing. As a child I looked up to Indy, now as a filmmaker I look up to Spielberg. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a masterpiece that fires on all cylinders with equal parts: adventure, comedy, action, thriller, love story and the supernatural. I’ve scoured the internet for rare content and also created my own video essays in order to assemble this ‘1-Page Film School’. – See more at: [link]

Of special interest to my Cartooning & Animation students will be an examination of staging and blocking used in the film’s longer shots (see video above).

The ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ 1-Page Film School