Madam Modem

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


10 Movies and 10 Books

These are 10 of my favourite movies/books listed in random order


Election (1999)

Amores Perros (2000)

Rear Window (1954)

Goodfellas (1990)

Back to the Future (1985)

Otesánek (2000)

Blade Runner (1982)

Alien (1979)

Mr Nobody (2009)

WALL-E (2008)



The Will of an Eccentric by Jules Verne

The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon

The Double by Jose Saramago

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

La Medeleni by Ionel Teodoreanu

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S Thompson

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans by Honore de Balzac

Blain Brown: Cinematography

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.

Comedy in Animation

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: [Accessed 30 March 2017].

YouTube. (2017). RObotzi.S03.Ep21.Atractie. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 March 2017].

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