Interim Online Review 23/03/10Evening Matt,I get the feeling that you're struggling with your object a little; in truth, I still think the father/son relationship is a complication; an oafish broom is like a 'an oafish dancer' in so much as its very basically a contradiction; you have an object that tidies and improves behaving in a way most likely to accomplish the opposite effect - and herein lies the comedic potential; it sort of reminds me of a hurdler knocking down every hurdle; I think maybe you should think about the environment for your oafish broom - what is the worst possible place for an oafish broom to go about its business, I wonder? Again - I cite the 'bull in a china shop' scenario.Also, in terms of your character design, I don't think it 'reads' as a broom - and also, I note you've taken the limbs from Fantasia, but I wonder if this is actually stopping you from thinking in a fresh and creative way; if you think of the brush as the buttocks, thighs and legs, and the handle as the spine, then try looking at very obese people walking for an oafish pattern of movement - or look at the backsides of grizzly bears/hippos/rhinos etc. for that heavy gait - the broom handle would be the secondary movement set off by the lumbering of the bottom half - and if the legs and backside of the broom was soft (made of bristles) it would react like a pair of very overweight legs in terms of squash and stretch. Could you not create an 'odd couple' out of an oafish, morbidly obese broom and a small, petite dustpan - like a hippo and mouse? Re. your written assignment, see the following post for guidance regarding the relationship between your introduction and the main body of your essay.
Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance: ‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…Or‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…* If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’. When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.You must use Harvard Method for quotations!Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.Please double-space your written assignments!You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!
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