Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tad Stones: directing on the page

Director Tad Stones, he of the animated Hellboy, and one hell of a nice boy himself, has a great and relevant post about directing on the page. He says the kinds of things I'm not only always trying to do myself in scripts, but always trying to get everyone who writes for me to do.

I've found that if you're writing a pilot, or other type of first draft that needs to be a "fun breezy read" then heavy directing on the page is going to send you into revisions. However, for most animation scripts, this here's the gospel. Folks aspiring to be seen as someone who knows how to write animation should check out the link below.

Click Here

--Evan Gore

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's awsome except there's one little problem...
'Hellboy Animated' was awful (script and storyboards both).

Steve said...

Nice.

Do I need to disable anonymous comments?

That would be a pity...

Anonymous said...

if you want everyone to say everything is great all the time and never be critical of anything then yes.

Steve said...

Fair enough. Polite suggestion: Don't just say things are awful, say why you didn't like it?

Vincent Waller said...

The link appears to not be working

Nicole said...

Hellboy Animated was AWESOME. What are you talking about, anon? The scripts were fantastic - in character, funny, creepy, cool. The visuals were amazing - I remember thinking how neat it was that they were able to do the church sequence at all in animated TV (from the most recent "Blood and Iron"). And those wolves! And the Japanese stuff from "Sword of Storms"?!

I thought it was some of the best viewing on TV. Seriously, what didn't you like? Are you just not a Mignola fan?

Nicole said...

Oh and...

Here's a link to the front page of the blog. It's the second entry down, I believe...


http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/hellboy_animated/2007/03/index.html

Anonymous said...

It was for Cartoon Network late at night, so Hellboy Animated gets no points for being 'edgy.' It wasn't a saturday morning network cartoon.

I love Mignola's work a lot. My biggest beef with it was that it looked nothing like Mignola.

Here was an opportunity to create an animated film with a very unique art direction and instead they did what every other fucking 'action' show does these days: they rip off Bruce Timm.

For a truly unique animated pilot, go buy 'Screw-On Head'. This was actually done in Mignola's style and has amazingly beautiful 'limited' animation and art direction.

There was simply nothing special about the Hellboy cartoon. It looked like everything else looks now and the characterizations and storyboarding and acting and dialogue were all incredibly predictible.

WhyWeType said...

Sorry, I've just tried to fix the link about eight times, to no avail. Maybe that's why I don't write code.

Here's a copy/paste of the permalink:

http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/hellboy_animated/2007/03/ebb_and_flow.html

Nicole said...

Thank you for expatiating. I guess we responded to different things.

I had heard that Mignola doesn't like animation done in his art style -and that was actually a beef he had with the animated Screw-On Head. As a result, I heard he requested the Hellboy designs be different from his own to reflect a different medium being used. Can anyone else shed some light on whether or not that's true?

I understand why you're not giving it points for "edgy", but what I was responding to was the fact that it's nice to see animation that's not anime for adults with dramatic stories and some seriously creepy visuals.

I didn't think the dialog was predictable at all. Thought it was funny and smart writing. Liked the "no hope" montage - thought that was pretty fresh.

But I'll check out Screw-On Head's pilot for sure, thanks.

Anonymous said...

This is a different Anon--- in response to the "other" Anon---

I've worked on a Mignolia animated series and one of the things he's pretty clear about is that he doesn't like to see his style attempted in animation. I too had heard he wasn't very happy about the look of "Screw-on Head"... which, I thought looked great! But that's Mike's opinion and I'm a big fan of his stuff... so whatever he wants regarding his work is fine with me.

"It was for Cartoon Network late at night, so Hellboy Animated gets no points for being 'edgy."

That's a non-talking point in my book, edgy is edgy, so what if it wasn't for Saturday morning?

I thought that Hellboy animated was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. To me it felt more "Hellboy" than the live action feature did.

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