After Molly came up with the title for our animation, “The Great Madam Modem” I started looking at movie titles from the black and white era. Since we still aren’t sure what kind of genre we’re going for, I looked for inspiration in various movies and tried the styles of the ones I liked.
Here is also a link to a useful page I found:
Film Noir Movie Titles
The Art of Film Title Design
Imagemaking for Cinematographers and Directors.
Know the rules before you break them. Understand why the rules exist before attempting something new.
Be a good team player.
Nothing in the frame is an accident so consider framing, composition, colour, light etc
By setting up certain expectations in the audience’s mind, you can then manipulate those questions and expectations. Sometimes the position of the viewer can stay the same and only change from wider shots to narrow shots to create a sequence.
In the early days of cinema, dramatic films were conceived as recorded theatre: everything was viewed as if it were happening on a proscenium stage. The spacial orientation remained fixed the entire time.
Use master shots to avoid inconsistency/ continuity errors.
Transition in and out of a scene.
Elliptical cut: cut from shot to shot where an extended time change occurs without transitional device.
Brown, B. (n.d.). Cinematography: Imagemaking for Cinematographers, Directors and Videographers. 1st ed. Focal Press.
The Dutch Angle
Film Noir The Basics of Lighting
Having seen a lot of the movies mentioned in the article below and reading about the genre, I managed to spot the common elements. It will be interesting to figure out with the group what to take from it. Our animation started off with the idea of a joke, but following the film noir type of movie, it can be changed to become more than that.
Best 100 Film Noirs
Because our animation is focused on a gag, I looked for tips on how to effectively exaggerate and preserve the initial joke so that we don’t lose its humour in the process.
Two books I found very helpful and insightful:
Animation in Process by Andrew Selby
The fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells
Selby, A. (2009). Animation in process. 1st ed. London: Laurence King.
Wells, P. and Moore, S. (n.d.). The fundamentals of animation. 1st ed.
Robotzi is a Romanian animated comedy series focused on two robots: Foca and Mo. I looked into it for inspiration because the show is widely popular and even though it’s full of crude humour, it usually highlights currents events in the country and sometimes even political events in the world.
Anon, (2017). Creative Monkeyz. [online] Available at: http://creativemonkeyz.com/category/roboti/ [Accessed 30 March 2017].
YouTube. (2017). RObotzi.S03.Ep21.Atractie. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hfvk4CoJy0 [Accessed 30 March 2017].
Below are a few images I found and used as inspiration for our project: