Issue 1 – Summer 1982 Editor’s Comment Reader’s Letters The Grasshopper Group – part 1 Ken Clark was a key animator on the Grasshopper Group’s award winning film ‘The Battle of Wangapore’. He tells us of the groups beginnings in the 1950s. Tony Salmon’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia Tony Salmon tells us how … Read more
Summer 1982 Issue Number 1
Here it is folks, the first issue of the Animator’s Newsletter. Read and enjoy for it may be the last. Seriously though, keep those articles, letters and queries coming in and you are bound to persuade me to get out my typewriter and knock issue number two into shape. I must say it has been … Read more
NEWSLETTER A GOOD IDEA I was interested to read that it’s your intention to begin an animation newsletter. Really it’s a good idea because today you only have the choice of one magazine and it’s only good to keep you in touch with today’s prices of accessories and equipment. Anyway I’m sure that all who … Read more
BOOKS WANTED I am still a novice in the medium of animation – not having made a film. I am all for your idea of an animation newsletter. I receive the American animation magazine “Funnyworld” whenever I can and it has mentioned various books that I cannot seem to find anywhere. For example Joe Adamson’s … Read more
The Grasshopper Animators
KEN CLARK WAS A FOUNDER MEMBER OF THE WELL KNOWN AMATEUR ANIMATOR’S GROUP THE GRASSHOPPER GROUP. HE WAS A KEY ANIMATOR ON THEIR AWARD WINNING FILM ‘THE BATTLE OF WANGAPORE’. THE GROUP WAS WOUND UP EARLY THIS YEAR. KEN TELLS US OF IT’S BEGINNINGS IN THE 1950’S.
We decided we needed a President. Norman McLaren was approached and he readily agreed. A choice which influenced, the first two live-action films we made entitled TWO’S COMPANY and BRIDE AND GROOM. The stars of BRIDE AND GROOM were Bob Godfrey (KAMA SUTRA RIDES AGAIN and the TV series ROOBARB) and Gerry Potterton (who recently produced the professional feature length cartoon HEAVY METAL).
How the devil got down to Georgia
TONY SALMON, WHO’S FILM “THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA” WON AN IAC AWARD THIS YEAR TELLS US HOW HE MADE THE FILM.
My film “The Devil went down to Georgia” was made almost by accident. The character of the Devil himself had been born out of an idea for a film I was working on at the time, when the country and western record “The Devil went down to Georgia” bounced into the hit parade.