Random thoughts from a cynical optimist.
Did you know that Barbra Streisand has stage freight? Yeah, Barbra Streisand! One of the (allegedly) greatest performers of our time has a condition that makes it difficult for her to perform without breaking down into a pile of tears.
So why does she even bother? Why does she ever go on stage if she’s afraid of it.
This isn’t like a kid who’s afraid of heights approaching a cliff edge to save a…
Okay, I know we’ve been down this road before.
The thing about love is that it can make you do stupid things. I know, I was a teenager for about six years, what do you think happened?
And these stupid things can run the gamut, from simply not learning to let go, to getting overly-excited and scaring the other off, or not understanding that they’re just not into you until it’s way too late for…
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favourite movies is Contagion. A film all about a deadly pandemic and the impact it has on society and the world at large.
People die, others panic, and it all hits the fan. The film covered the event from every conceivable angle, including the perspective of a nutbar conspiracy theorist who creates more panic, and additional riots, over some type of miracle…
Haven’t we been down this road before?
The most important thing to remember about celebrations, like birthdays and anniversaries, and weddings, and other things, is to remember who they’re for. It’s not about the host, it’s about the guest of honour. It’s important to remember that, otherwise you’re just jerking off.
And there’s no better jerker than Pinkie Pie, who plans celebrations based on…
I DONT THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW HARD ANIMATORS WORK
WHAT BUGS ME MOST IS WHEN ANY ANIMATED MOVIE BECOMES FAMOUS (DISNEY, PIXAR, ANIME’S, AND TV SHOWS) THE WRITER GETS 99.9999% OF THE CREDIT.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DRAW THE SAME CHARACTER SLOWLY MOVING 24 TIMES- ONLY TO MAKE ONE SECOND OF ANIMATION?
HOW MANY SKETCHES THEY MADE?
PEOPLE NEED TO APPRECIATE ANIMATORS MORE.
I completely agree, animators need more credit. That being said, writers need even more.
To be quite honest, when a new episode of, let’s say, My Little Pony, is released, the quality is not determined by the animation, but the writing.
A great episode has its foundation in its writing. Without a great script, the rest of the episode can’t hold up. You can have the greatest animation team in the world, and even the greatest voice actors. But without a great script, you’re lost.
However, without decent animators, or voice actors, even a great script can result in a bad episode.
But generally, animation done well is not noticed. Animation done badly, is. The same goes with acting. But generally, in Hollywood, writers never get enough credit for their work. Take any film, Pacific Rim for instance. It stars Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, the ugly guy from Torchwood, and it’s directed by the one, and only, Guillermo del Toro, of Hellboy fame. Everyone knows this! Now! Who wrote it? Who wrote the script?
Without a great script, that film would’ve been terrible, even with the stellar cast and star director. Yet I don’t remember any of the film marketing saying, Written by this guy!
By the way, it was Travis Beacham, who also wrote Clash of the Titans. Guillermo del Toro also worked on it, but that’s beside the point.
I guess my point is, Everyone deserves credit, but writers never get enough. Animators also get the shaft, but that’s only because we generally don’t notice that stuff, and they don’t really get much creative control. They follow design guides, and have to read off of storyboards. It’s hard work, but you don’t hear people complaining about the gaffers getting too little credit.
Let’s just keep things in perspective.