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Lately I’ve been spending quite alot of time on a new essay. Based within our current module of character animation, the essay has been an exploration of Hogarth from The Iron Giant – one of my favourite animation films. Specifically the essay has been an exploration into the tools and techniques used to create an emotional effect upon the reader.


Some of the key learning curves I enjoyed have been:

  • A deeper knowledge of the Warner Studio, origins and style.
  • Character design, shape, feeling and thought.
  • Subconcious priming and personality building in plot.
  • Aesthetic distance – the tying together of style and intention to lessen the gap of reality and fiction in the viewer.

Alongside these techniques and theories, I have also understood the brilliance of Brad Bird, a maverick director and animator with exceptional vision, knowledge and skill.


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