Terry Gilliam’s Do It Yourself Animation Show

August 10th, 2011

This video shows old-school animation techniques that translate very well into flash animation. Using cut-outs makes animation musch simpler. With flash, shape-based characters can easily be created and stored in libraries, and used like paper cutouts, but without the hassles seen in the video.

Terry Gilliam is my favorite director, mostly because of his eccentric charm. His weirdness translates on screen, and I can relate very much to his perfectionism, and his notoriously bad project management. (I am good at making plans, but not so good at leading other people through them).

Many see him as overrated; they have a point. He overuses many of his techniques, to the point of their becoming gimmicks. Extreme wide-angle shots and dutched angles (slanting the camera) are his signature, and his cliché. There is even a wide-angle lens nicknamed “the Gilliam”. His bizarre dream-like sequences are disturbing for some people to watch, and aren’t a good fit for every movie plot.

Still, I regard him as a genius artist and worthy of imitation. I would have loved to see what he would have done with the Harry Potter franchise; Warner didn’t. He has proven he can make great films out of multi-million dollar blockbusters. For evidence, see 12 Monkeys, one of my favorite movies.

I hope you enjoy the video and perhaps play with paper cutouts sometime. Enjoy!

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