Inspired by Animation |
“I have always been inspired by the world of animation because of the complexity of creation that defines the process of making an animated film. The process challenges the preconceived notions of what creativity is because it’s a world that combines: science, technology, literature, art, the human experience, and everything else that exists in the world around us.
There exists an incredible variance across the history of animation, and across dominant mediums of animation like: traditional cel animation, stop-motion animation, and computer animation. (Of course there is incredible variance amongst those categories including: 2-D computer animation, pixelation, claymation, etc.) But each process includes incredible innovation of technology, art, and story-telling. All of these come together to create powerful and moving stories.
Film is incredibly powerful, and it’s well understood that people are influenced by the media they consume. Animated films have the ability to transcend reality and capture very real stories and emotions that are integral to the human experience. Animation functions in a medium of storytelling that appeals to our visual and auditory senses and is able to handle abstract concepts that may not translate as clearly in other mediums of film and visual art. I am inspired by the creation of animated films, the stories behind them, and the stories of the people who create them. This affinity inspired the ePublication “exploranimation” for my senior project, and ultimately inspired my career path into production management in animation.”
– Shiann Hallinan
Three films that inspire me:
+ “Ratatouille” (Computer animated film, 2007)
I find the story of this film beautiful because its’ emotional core goes beyond cliche paradigms. The main character isn’t caught up in a romantic relationship, the goal of the main character isn’t to “win”, and the story doesn’t boast the traditional “happily-ever-after”. *SPOILER ALERT* In the end, Gusteau’s restaurant is shut down, and Ego (the food critic), who believed in the talent of Remy (the rat/main character) lost his job and all credibility. But, the beauty in the story is that the characters continued to do what they loved and their definition of success didn’t hinge on running “the finest restaurant in Paris“ or being a “well-respected critic“.
In terms of technology, I am a huge fan of physics/simulation. The technical components of CG animation are intriguing, and I love the science of how Pixar’s research division has continually challenged the possibilities of computer rendered images.
+ “The Iron Giant” (2D animated film, 1999)
The Iron Giant is a beautiful film because of the way it balances comedy, action, and emotional depth. It highlights the human condition of being pre-disposed to “fear of the unknown” (or fearing what you don’t understand). *SPOILER ALERT* The film has a heroic moment at the end, but ultimately the “hero” is presumed to have made the ultimate sacrifice, (until it is revealed later that it may not be the case). However, there is no moment of “reuniting joy”.
+ “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Stop-motion animated film, 1993)
This film is important to me because of the moral dilemma’s being presented, as well as the emotional appeal of feeling like you don’t belong or need to be someone else to be appreciated. The story additionally challenges the perception of “good” and “bad”.
Beyond the story, I have a particular soft-spot for practical effects, stop-motion, and shooting on film. Newer stop-motion films do not maintain the same integrity of utilizing practical effects and creating the film “in camera” (rather than in post production).