Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Flattery, Flattery, Flattery

Week two is my favorite class.

But this year there was too much information.

Week two is Aristotle. Poetics.

The text is a little dense for art students, so this year the plan was to cut it with Vogler's Writer's Journey. Contemporary contextualization.

Poetics lays out about 10 or 15 concepts on storytelling. Plenty more, since concepts have components.

Aristotle's emphasis on "imitation" in art have particular resonance to animators.

"Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of an action of life, and life consists in action, and its end is a mode of action, not a quality."

A problem with the modern actor from the "Method" school is they insist on "becoming" the part. This presentation removes performance from it's ritualistic/religious roots and transforms the performing arts from an arena for the audience's self-discovery into a cult of personality.

An animator always imitates their subject. Ken Harris didn't pretend to be Bugs Bunny -he showed what a character like Bugs Bunny might do.

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