The aims of ASIFA are summarised in its Manifesto, approved by the Board in 1977.
NEIL CARSTAIRS REPORTS ON THE ANIMATION SECTION OF THE EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL.
Another interesting show was the student animation, ranging from the trailer for the National Film Schools next epic “1884”, very polished, Disney type animation, to some self indulgent experimental films.
In 1944, the Rank Group set up a small cartoon unit, lust six people and a tea-boy. This little group joined forces with G.B. Instructional Films, and became the nucleus of a much grander organisation: G.B. Animation.
“When I have a completed animation test in front of me,” Hand explained, “I look for the mind of an actor and the drawing ability of a skilled draughtsman.”
Just before the Cookham crowd swung into top gear, another American, George Moreno, a former animator at Fleischer’s studio, won the backing of three London businessmen.
In this very short sequence only eleven drawings – Ginger Nutt does not simply move, he is made to ACT his movement with every drawn line.
The ZOETROPE was a popular children’s toy in Victorian times, and just consists of a drum with vertical slits cut in it at regular intervals, mounted on a spindle so that it can be made to revolve freely when spun by hand.
Draw your sequence of drawings on the strip once you have marked out one, you can mass-produce them – and drop it into the drum with the pictures facing inwards.
Last Christmas as I was idly looking at the display of cards draped above the fireplace I wondered what would happen if the Three Wise Men on their camels found themselves on the wrong Christmas card.