Archive for the ‘animation’ Category

Van Doesburg

March 4, 2010

I went to the Van Doesburg exhibition at the Tate Modern. Very good with a lot of interesting work. I really liked the films they had on, Le Ballet Mechanique was particularly good. My favourite of Van Doesburg’s work is the painting Composition (The Cow), above. I was drawn to it straight away, maybe because of the colours. It showed both the initial drawing and the painting. You could really recognise the neck and head of the cow munching on the grass- I couldn’t stop looking at it! I liked that he had abstracted it, but not gone so far as to make it completely unrecognisable.

‘Much ado about nothing’

February 24, 2010

Model photographs (1982) by theatre designer Ralph Koltai
‘the mirrored floor and walls reflecting the narcisstic nature of the characters’

Howard Hodgkin

February 24, 2010

Back cloth design for Act III of Pulcinella 1986
gouache and collage on paper 30.5 x 56.5 cm


February 22, 2010

Picasso, Parade by E. Satie

Imaginary play

February 22, 2010

Interesting section in the ‘Museum of Childhood’ about imaginary play. As a child, obsessions with dressing up, role playing. The use of one object: a mask allows for the child to imagine everything else. As a child you are making your own miniature world. This seems to have a connection with the project. I couldn’t help but think that making this set is just an excuse to re-live those moments during childhood- building my miniature world.

‘Every child at play behaves like a creative writer, by creating a world of his own or… by imposing a new and more pleasing order on the things that make up his world’. Sigmund Freud

Museum of Childhood

February 22, 2010

1950’s string Pelham puppet

‘Museum of Childhood’ in Bethnal Green gave me a lot to think about when considering how I will make the film ‘move.’ With character I could think try: friction toys, sand toys, moving by hand (african wire toys), moving by wind, air heat, steam, worked by strings (puppetry), circuits and motors, springs, wind up toys.

Background: peepshows, fantascopes/ phenakistoscopes

Lady in Carnaby Street

February 9, 2010


Madame Tutli Putli

February 3, 2010

‘Circus’ by Alexander Calder

February 1, 2010

I have talked about this before as it was inspiration for me wanting to make an animated film using objects and kinetics, as opposed to stop-motion.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ opera

February 1, 2010

Set design by David Hockney. There’s a good shot of it 4 and a half minutes in. Hockney said he used cross hatching, to reflect Hogarth’s etchings.