Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NIU lectures

Thanks to all the NIU students who turned out for my lecture and seminar on Animation last week. I have received about a dozen very good questions and requests for expansion or clarification of several points. I will be going through these in detail as soon as I find time. Here are a few of the subjects requested.

The evolution of the hero and story from antiquity to today. (Essentially an examination of my proposal that a radical change in the nature of storytelling and heroes since the Enlightenment has been responsible for the recent rapid advancement in social and Western ethics. What's not important about movies?!)

The Seven (and only seven) story types or gags.

A examination of the 12 principles of Animation.

The Major Studios as fast food chains and why that is a good and/or bad thing.

Why cutting isn't funny.

What Pre-production and Productions steps are obsolete and why the Big Studios still use them.

How to storyboard faster and better.

Why in-house animators can be a very bad thing.

How to design a static shot for Stereoscopic 3D.

Animation as fetish instead of film making.

Why California and New York pizza should be outlawed from civilized countries. (Okay, that one is just obvious.)

Great to experience such interest and enthusiasm! I'm grateful I got to spend time with you all.


  1. Although I am just a sophomore I can guarantee I'll be coming back to talk at NIU after I have made a name for myself. Your visit gave me the reassurance I needed to continue being passionate about Animation and Film making.

    oh and my business buddy enjoyed your talk as well.

    Thank you.

  2. Come back if you don't make a name for yourself. If you're a good artist you should share it regardless of who you are.

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