Animation in Context A Practical Guide to Theory and Making

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-20
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books

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Animation in Context is an illustrated introduction to cultural theory, contextual research and critical analysis. By making academic language more accessible, it empowers animators with the confidence and enthusiasm to engage with theory as a fun, integral, and applied part of the creative process.

Interviews with contemporary industry professionals and academics, student case studies and a range of practical research exercises, combine to encourage a more versatile approach to animation practice – from creating storyboards to set designs and soundtracks; as well as developing virals, 3D zoetropes and projection mapping visuals.

Mark Collington focuses on a core selection of theoretical approaches that shape animation narrative, supported by a broader set of shared theoretical principles from the worlds of art, design, film and media studies. This discussion is underpinned by cross-disciplinary thinking on a range of topics including genre, humour, montage and propaganda.

These are applied to the analysis of a range of animated films and projects from Disney and Animé, to independent artist-filmmakers such as Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis and Jerzy Kucia. These ideas are also applied to other uses of animation such as advertising, sitcom, gaming and animated documentary.

Author Biography

Mark Collington is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation at London Metropolitan University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Playing Sherlock Holmes: Language & Visual Meaning
Chapter Overview: Defining Narrative & Creating Visual Meaning
Apples: Introducing Structuralism & Semiotics
Love Letters: Semantics
Time Travel: From Monoscenic, to Synchonic & Diachronic Narrative
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

2. Classical Metanarratives: The Hero's Journey
Chapter Overview: Developing Narrative Structure & Sound
Heroes & Totems: Narratology, Morphology, Mythology
Castle in the Sky: Mythical Forces, Floating Worlds & Flying Machines
Peter & The Wolf: Professional Case Study
Saint Thomas Becket: Student Case Study
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

3. Genre: From Classical Hero to Modern Everyman
Chapter Overview: Identifying Narrative Types
Space Cowboys: Genre & Context
To Infinity & Beyond: The Human Condition and Genre
From Modern Times to WALLE: Main Case Study
You Kant be Serious: Comedy Genre and Theories of Humor
The Big Debate: Genre or Style?
Domesticated: Student Case Study
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

4. Modernism: The End of Genre & the Metanarrative
Chapter Overview: Rethinking Narrative Form
Coffee, Steam & Tanks: Putting Modernism in Context
Space, Time & Reality: Defining Modernism
From the Mundane to Murder: Other Aspects of Modernism
Zoi: Student Case Study
When the Day Breaks: Professional Case Study
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

5. Fact Versus Fiction: Issues of Representation
Chapter Overview: Interrogating Narrative Function
Hammering it Home: Propaganda & Socialist Realism
The Ideal Home: Advertising
Home Sweet Home: TV Sitcom & Gaming
Make Baobab Famous: Professional Interview and Student Case Study
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

6. Animated Documentary: Objective Fact Versus Subjective Experience
Chapter Overview: Redefining Narrative Strategies
Feeling the Facts: From Docudrama to Animated Documentary
Sexuality & Mental Health: Student Case Study (contains adult content)
Poetic Truths: Where Film and Animation Meet
A is for Autism: Professional Case Study
Concluding Notes & Recommended Wider Reading

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