Showing posts with label photo story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photo story. Show all posts

Sunday, July 17, 2016

HOW I MET MY WIFE

Folks are always are always asking how my wife and I met. Well, it was in New York City. I was an idealistic young animator, wandering the streets, lost in thought.


 I wasn't paying much attention to what was around me...


...or "who" was around me. I didn't notice the girl up ahead who'd stopped to light up a cigarette.


I stopped to light up myself, not realizing that I was muttering out loud.

EDDIE: "I could start the walk with an antic but it'll be funnier if the guy just goes into it...but then it'll look like I don't know what I'm doing."

DAISY: "What a dilemma!"

EDDIE: "Huh? Oh, sorry! I have an animation problem, but you wouldn't know anything about that."


DAISY: "Well, Mr. bigshot, it so happens that I DO know something about animation. I take it that you are familiar with the famous Chick Jones? He was the best director, you know."


EDDIE: "Chick Jones!? You mean CHUCK Jones? Yeah, he was great, but the real genius at that studio was Bob Clampett. Geez, when they directed at the same time Jones couldn't hold a candle..."


DAISY: "Well, there's an animation exhibit down the street. If you play your cards right I will permit you to take me there and show me this Bill Crumpet of yours.


THE NEXT DAY: AT THE MUSEUM OF COMIC ART:

EDDIE (VO): "Well, whaddaya think?"


DAISY: "I don't get it. That's what you like? Feet?"



EDDIE (VO): "That's from a storyboard done at Spumco, the best modern animation studio. It's a very funny drawing."


DAISY: "Hmmm...I'm learning something about you."


EDDIE: "Huh? About me?"

DAISY: "And what is this?"


EDDIE (VO): "That's a Chuck Jones character: Sniffles the Mouse."

DAISY (VO): "And this?  This is your Bill Crumpet?"

EDDIE (VO): "CLAMPETT,  Bob CLAMPETT! Yeah, that's from one of his cartoons. It's a lot funnier than Sniffles, I think."

DAISY: "Mmmm...I like Sniffles better."


EDDIE: "Well, maybe that's 'cause you're a girl. I mean, guys and girls like different things."


DAISY: "Oh, so now you don't like that I'm a girl?"


  
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Well, that's how it went down...well, er...sort of. In a way. Most of these pictures are from a film called "5 to 7."

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

MILT GROSS AND RUBE GOLDBERG

Two of my favorite cartoonists were Milt Gross and Rube Goldberg. Milt Gross often gave top flight poses to all the players in the frame, both the aggressors and the reactors. 


Rube Goldberg staged everybody in the same shot too, but frequently gave the best poses to the reactors, as in the in the strip above.


Okay, he sometimes gave the aggressor (above) the best poses, but you you see what I'm getting at.


I've been influenced by Goldberg so in photo stories, like the kind I do on this blog, I usually give the emphasis to the listener.


 Here's excerpts from a photo story I did in June, 2009. The girl (played by me) is surprised when her stupid ex-boyfriend (off screen) approaches her in a restaurant. I'll leave out the dialogue.


 She humors him, hoping he'll go away.


 But he doesn't.

He says that, now that he knows she hangs out at this restaurant, he'll hang out there too.


 Yes sir, they'll be inseparable from now on.


 The boyfriend bids goodbye for now...


 ...but adds that he'll be back.


 Well, it goes on. You can link to the whole thing on the side bar. The story's called "The Ex-boyfriend."


The odd thing is that, despite my affection for reactive acting, the animation I worked on usually put the emphasis on the speaker.


That's because I like to work with aggressive characters. They're appealing. The audience naturally wants to see what they're doing, and so do I. Even so, I had a lot of Goldbergian fun working on the reactive scenes and I wish I could have done more of them.

BTW: the last two pictures above aren't mine.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Monday, October 26, 2015

SUPERGURL VS. THE EVIL UNCLE EDDIE

THE EVIL UNCLE EDDIE (VO): "Boy this house is a mess! Greasy pizza boxes, beer cans...but I have no time to clean. I gotta finish this book on hypnotism! Wait a minute...somebody's at the door."

GLADIOLA: "Hi, Evil Uncle Eddie! I just happened to be passing, but if you're busy..."


EVIL UNCLE EDDIE: "No, no! I'm not busy at all, but Gladiola....you look tired. VERY tired. As a matter of fact (HE GESTURES), your eyelids are growing heeeeavy. VEEEERY HEAVY."

GLADIOLA ( SLEEPY MONOTONE): "Yes, heavy. Very heavy.

UNCLE EDDIE: "Here, take this baseball bat, and make those eyelids close."


BONK! BONK! BONK!

GLDIOLA (MONOTONE ): "Make them close. Make them close."


CLUNK!!! SHE FALLS ON THE FLOOR.

EVIL UNCLE EDDIE: "Well whaddaya know? That hypnotism stuff really works! Hmmmm...I think I just figured out how to get the house cleaned up. Get up, Gladiola! We gotta find you a maid's costume!"

LATER: INT. EVIL UNCLE EDDIE'S HOUSE: SUPERGURL LETS HERSELF IN:

SUPERGURL: "Youhoooo! Anybody home? Supergurl here! We need to talk, Buster! I've heard some things about you!!!!!


SUPERGURL: "Huh? What's that? It looks like one of those stupid hypnosis machines."


SUPERGURL: "Haw! You can't hypnotise someone from Krypton. Everybody knows that!"


SUPERGIRL: "That's funny...I have an overwhelming urge...to....to CLEAN!!!!!"


WHOMP!!! SHE FALLS ON THE FLOOR!



EVIL UNCLE EDDIE: "Haw!!! Even Supergurl can't resist the power of hypnotism!!!!"


ON SUPERGURL IN A MAID COSTUME, HAPPILY CLEANING THE HOUSE.

SUPERGURL: (Hums "Tip Toe Through the Tulips").



EVIL UNCLE EDDIE (VO): "Everybody thinks the danger that's coming in the future is from robots. Haw! That's not even close!!!!"


EVIL UNCLE EDDIE (VO): "No, the real danger is from zombie maids hypnotised by ME!!! There's no defence against them! They'll take over every household that lets them in...and they all will let them in!"


EVIL UNCLE EDDIE (VO): "Soon they'll be an army capable of taking over the world!!!!"


And when they do, THEORY CORNER will be the only blog allowed on the internet.!!! No more of those stupid cat videos! No more Faceybook!!!! BWA Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!  BWA  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!


TO BE CONTINUED.....

[Below, a teaser from the next episode...]



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EVIL UNCLE EDDIE: "So you see, Supergurl, that was all a fabrication made up by people who are jealous of me.  I'm just a gentle soul who would never dream of...excuse me, a minute...Gladiola, would you come here a moment? Would you take care of that fly on Supergurl's head?

GLADIOLA (SLEEPY MONOTONE): "Fly...Supergurl...head..."