Saturday, October 15, 2005

Rrrrespect!

Just a little something for the weekend for those who are kind enough to drop by.

Neatly following up on my post about animation in the UK, let's give a "big up" (I'm, like, so street) to Nick Park, Steve Box, Mark Burton and Bob Baker for their script for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, which (in case you didn't know) is taking the US box office by storm and is likely to do the same here this weekend.

Director Nick Park (Aardman guru) gives an interview about how it all came together HERE.

And here's a quote from writer Mark Burton on writing the script: "It would be a mistake to assume that because it's animation, it's somehow lesser. In the modern world, animation feature writing is as sophisticated and challenging as live-action writing. Unfortunately, the animation companies don't recognize that in terms of the deal that they have with the WGA, but that's another issue."

I couldn't agree more. I've written two animation features - one an adaptation of Andrew Davies's children's book Conrad's War - and the whole process and style of the screenplay was exactly as if I was writing a live-action drama or whatever. For some reason, people get it in their head that writing for animation is a different skill but it's not. It's the writer's job to tell the story - it's the animator's specific skill to bring it to life. The only differentiation between 'proper' scriptwriting and animation that I can think of is that you can truly let your imagination run riot and it won't effect the budget (exotic locations, rules of reality etc). However, it's got to be true to the characters and story you're telling, so all the basic issues of craft come into play.

Have a great weekend all. See you Monday.

DS

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