Sunday, October 15, 2017

Final Color Footage

© Andreas Deja

We now have a complete sequence in final color. I call it the "Montage Sequence" where we watch Sarah bonding and growing up with Mushka, the Siberian tiger. The character poses in this frame actually don't match, because by the time the tiger cub jumps forward, Sarah is already running off screen right. But this makes for a better looking film still.
In the previous scene Sarah's father asks her: "What are you going to call him?"
She looks at the cub's birthmark on its forehead, which reads like an "M". In this scene she calls him from behind: " Muuushka!"
Animation by me, background by the wonderful Natalie Franscioni-Karp and effects by Daniel Ernesto, who pluses every scene he works on. 
And...oh yeah, music by Richard M. Sherman, arranged by the incredibly talented Fabrizio Mancinelli.
This will be a 30 min. hand-drawn animated film.
We are getting there!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sword in the Stone Vis Dev

A mix of Bill Peet and Vance Gerry sketches that show personality and environment exploration for The Sword in the Stone. I love Peet's sketch above of Merlin as he takes a nap in a Kem Weber studio chair...wearing tennis shoes. An early indication that Peet's approach and interpretation of T. H. White's book would be irreverent.
It's interesting to note that Peet stated he based his designs of Merlin on Walt Disney. Milt Kahl, who came up with Merlin's final design, denies referencing his boss in his work.

A great Peet sketch of Wart, which served as inspiration for Milt's more stylized design.

The liberties you can take in animation! Archimedes, the owl, could never sit on Merlin's hat like this because of his weight, but who cares? It looks believable in the film.

The following four sketches are the work of Vance Gerry, who could draw and develop just about anything for a Disney film.

Bill Peet gave Merlin a unique set of eyebrows. They point upward no matter what the character's mood is. Milt Kahl didn't adapt this idea exactly, but instead created  his own version of eyebrows for a very old man:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Busch 1962

These marvelous illustrations were published in 1962 in a book that included collected stories about riders and horses. Finding a vintage book with Busch drawings is always such a pleasure. His work is powerful an inventive when it comes to composition. So inspirational!!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sleeping Beauty Press Book 1959

Here is the first half of the vintage Sleeping Beauty press book. It is interesting to see this endless list of promotional partners. From Peanut butter, clothing to the announcement of "The Art of Animation" book and exhibition.
I'll post part II in couple of days.