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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Tytla Speaks on Forms vs. Forces (I)   --Action Analysis Class of June 28st, 1937

A week after the previous Action Analysis Class, the one I posted two days ago which dealt with drawing forms vs. drawing forces, Don Graham invited the master himself, Bill Tytla, to comment on the previous Monday's lecture notes.

Here is the first half of the notes to this very exciting class, which should be part of any animation school's required reading. I wish I had these notes back in the 70's and 80's when I began sharpening my teeth on the medium. On the other hand - would I have fully understood them then?
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It doesn't get much better than this!
Comments are welcome as usual...

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Anonymous The Jerk says...

how many of these action analysis classes have been preserved for posterity in this fashion?
These are an absolute goldmine, thank you so much for posting these where the whole world can access them for nothing! I can't get enough of these; it's not only incredibly informative, but a unique window on a time when the fundamentals we all think of as being set in stone were first being chiseled out by the masters, it's like we have a front row seat to a slice of animation history in the making.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 3:43:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Jeff says...

To read Tytla's definite words relaying a definite idea about the definite effect animation should achieve are tantalyzingly unexplained by something he can't quite articulate. However, his discussion of animating forces almost explain that "something" clearly.

The iterative/recursive nature of breaking down animation of a sequence, a scene, a character, and an action seem so modern--when I looked for such discussion in books on animation years ago, nothing was so clearly stated. Animators had to obviously know to do this since Tytla's time, it was just not available to the public.

Also, Tytla's recommendation to completly animate short scenes with a character or couple of characters is very similar to Shamus Culhane's "Learning Plan" in "Animation from Script to Screen."

It'd be great if there was a talk by Tytla about how he specifically differentiated animation of two of the dwarfs when the two (or more) were doing similar actions, such as helping Doc get a bath.

Can't wait for Part II!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:31:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Greg Manwaring says...

This is timeless advice and is as pertinent today as ever!! Thanks for posting it Hans!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 2:22:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jason Fittipaldi says...

Wow!! Can't thank you enough for sharing this stuff Hans! Getting to read and study these documents is an amazing privilege.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 7:27:00 AM PDT  

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