Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In chapter 4 McCloud explains how to show the passage of time in comics. He gives a few examples like a blank icon or to show a longer period of time, a longer blank icon. He also describes the importance of the icons. I would have never thought of this on my own. McCloud says how important the icons are, they contain all of the information wether it is black and white on the page or more abstract, like the passage of time. Next McCloud explains the flow of comics. That we read and interpret them from left to right and from top to bottom, we perceive the icons previous to the current frame as things in the past and icons to come are perceived as the future. the final points made are the ways different cultures and time periods show motion and sound.
In chapter four, McCloud talks about different ways that time can be represented within the frame. A frame is usually not just a single moment. Sound or movement adds duration to the frame. Likewise, the size of the frame and the amount of space between frames can be used to suggest the passage of time. Furthermore, a sense of timelessness can sometimes be achieved by a silent frame, although this depends largely on the content of the frame.
McCloud goes on to talk about Duchamp’s concept of movement (the single line) as well as the Futurist’s dynamic movement (the object in different positions in the same image). These were both precursors to the motion line that is used in most American comics today.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Metalocop is one half of a detective duo of an animated show I have been working on that I will incorporate into this animation assignment. The show inhabits a world somewhat parodying worlds such as "Miami Vice" and "The Wire". MetaloCop is actualy the sissy cop of the detective due, and lives with his mom and family who are all also RoboCops with only one unique article of clothing to distinguish themselves, otherwise they look exactly the same; for example the father wears a robe, mother an apron, etc.
MetaloCop attempts to always be judicious, but is very clumsy, doesn't know his strength, and just ends up destroying more property than stoping crime. Turns out he has an unfortunate tendency to always hurt or kill innocent grannies while in pursuit.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Condensation is the condensing of story elements into a much shorter action that wouldn't be possible in reality. Wells gives the example of the Home on the Rails where much of the story is shown in short sequences happening all at once. Despite what seems a simple narrative the main elements of the story remain solid and imply much more.
Synecdoche is when a part of something is used to represent the whole. The bottom half of something represents the whole, an often much more complext meaning.
Symbolism and Metaphor are a great tool for getting around censorship, where one can use an image of something innocuous to symbolize a whole complex idea that may be controversial or politically unacceptable. No where is this more used than in sexual innuendo and political satire.
My character may employ much symbolism as his life is very simple but is a metaphore for much larger ideas and motivations.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The other shorts were fun and entertaining as well though. I liked how the Granny/ Sleeping Beauty one utilized some traditional animation along with the 3d. The jokes in this one were also pretty funny, with some being more mature than others.
I liked how the Reaper one started off serious and somber (which at first I didn't like), but then switched gears into a fun little comedy. Also liked how it was an innocent ride through a heavy topic.
Wallace and Grommet were great as usual, I liked all the cheesy jokes.
All in all, these were very satisfying to watch.