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Eric R. Frazier
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Hello Web Surfers, Animation Fans, and those amazing Pro Animators:

Eric Frazier is back and at it again

I usually tend to pick "general" topics of interest to post, because it's usually you guys that are posting the most narrowed choices, specifying particular films, events, and so on. SO I think it fitting to send this "general" post.

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What drew you to animation? What was it that you either saw, heard, or felt that welled up inside you and make you sau that next morning,...hey,...("I wanna work for Disney"), etc? If you care to be detailed, please do so, that's just more inspiration for me. PRO ANIMATORS PLEASE REPSOND (when you get a chance away from pushing those pencils)

God bless to you all. ANIMATION NATION has never looked better than it does right now.

Regards,
Eric R. Frazier,17
(aspiring animator/artist)
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my first bouncing ball

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Marcus Moore
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The ability to completly control a world! Like a god, I tell you...A GOD!!! KNEEL BEFORE ME YOU OMNIPITANT OVERLORD!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

THAT, and the pine fresh scent!

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The ability of the medium to combine my two favorite things from my adolescence, drawing and acting. Also, the great potential for FUNNY!
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Backstage groupies ......... well, that was a big lie, wasn't it.
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Drawings (or plasticine or Computer pixels) coming to life. In the hands of the few masters of the craft they become MAGIC, can look more real than real.
The total freedom to design, style, colour, time & render in an infinite number of ways. The only limitation being in the imagination of the creators.
The satisfaction of watching your first line test. Better still: seeing someone be entertained by your work.

Films I saw as a kid and said to myself, I want to do this: Allegro Non Troppo, Watership Down, Jungle Book, Anime Sci Fi Series, Disney TV show, Nelvana TV specials and Looney Toones.


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Actually it wasn't drawing that "Drew" me to animation. When I was a wee lad growing up in the suburbs of Boston I use to rise early weekend mornings and armed with a can of lincoln logs and plastic army men, cowboys and indians build little scenarios in front of the TV. Of course Saturday had the best shows, but it was one Sunday I recall seeing my first kid created animation from a place called The Yellowball Workshop. It was entitled "The Amazing Colossal Man" (yeah, I know there's a "real" 50's movie of the same name).

Anyhow, it featured a very strange looking paper mache'/clay creature beating the hell out of a bunch of plastic army men identical to my own. How cool was that? To play with your toys and then be able to watch them move own their own afterwards.

I never got to take any classes at the YellowBall workshop, but did get to study under it's creator and driving force, Yvonne Andersen, many years later at the Rhode Island School of Design. Thanks Yvonne.


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Peanuts strip,Parliment/Funkedelic albums and cover art,and Doonsbury comic stripz...and ,of course,a chance to draw the girls on "Soul Train".
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I'm in it for the chicks.
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Paul D
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quote:
Originally posted by Dave Brewster:
Backstage groupies ......... well, that was a big lie, wasn't it.


Considering they will do almost anything for a little origional art can you consider those fanboys in the comic shops and D & D conventions GROUPIES? ech! Dave... you are welcome to them!


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Well uh, gee Paul, thanks but no thanks. Wasn't exacty what I had in mind. May I give you kudos for what was a truly evil thought ?
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Mighty Joe Young
Frankenstein
Superman
The Mickey Mouse Club
Famous Monsters Magazine
(ok ok...they drew me to FX work)

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A long time ago, I think 2 days or so. I woke up and said, "I want to be an animator!" now after many minutes and a few seconds of hard work, here I am. And I blame it all on the internet. That, and being able to pass the 'draw skippy the turtle test'.

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My main goal when I was a kid was to have a job where I could sit on my BEHIND* all day.


*edited for moderator consumtion.


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I grew up around cartoons, always loved them, never thought I'd be albe to do them.

In grade 6, We had a class where we did comic strips. That turned my attention from reading novels in class to drawing doodles in class. In college, my interst in animation and 'furry' art gave focus and direction to my doodles, and encouraged me to improve my art skills. That happened at the expense of my Biology classes though.

After that, I felt I wanted to do something creative with my art for a career. Animation was the field I enjoyed most, and one where I felt the creative restrictions required to be profitable would be the most acceptable (little did I know). It wasn't until Animation school hat I realized I had something of a knack for it, and actually ENJOYED being hunched over piles of almost identical drawings, making them move. =)

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Reading "The illusion of Life" when I was around 16; growing up watching Watership Down, Disney movies, Secret of NIMH and Allegro Non Troppo (which was always playing at the art theater in Quebec City); reading comics; meeting Paul Newberry, who told me about Sheridan College; obsessive compulsive nature; love of drawing; refusal of doing a "normal" job; CSHRV; Starlog Magazine; Oscar Fischinger etc...

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Eric R. Frazier
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...still thinking on Dave Brewster's first comment........

;> )


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The "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia.
That "Future" animated masterwork.
Mark Henn's observations through Jasmine in Aladdin.
My emotionally crippling experiences with reality...

that last one is probably the foundation of my motivation as an artist.


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Heheheehee. Sorry Eric. Just kidding ol pal. I'll tell you the real story.

I was about 8 and the local high school was having a film night top make money for sports equipment for that years team. It was within walking distance of my home and after getting money from my mom I walked down to Saltfleet high school in Stoney Creek. I arrived late and the film had started. I was sent up to the balcony but it was pitch black and fully occupied . In those days there were no railings over the edge of the balcony. The steps down to the front were shallow and felt tilted towards the huge drop. I made my way down front and everystep was terror because the angle of the reflected light from the screen was only cast weakly around my shoulders . There were no seats whatsoever so wobbled a few steps up and I sat town on the steps still feeling the anxity over the closeness of the edge. What I saw in that gym was the most wonderful film I had ever had ever seen . It gave me such a warm feeling that even today when I think of it I still feel bits of that heat. I laughed , I cried , I fell in love with a flat 2d object flickering across a screen. I had never seen Snow White before. When the lights came up I was filled. I had no idea what it was or that I would ever get the chance to even understand it but it just became a part of me. Animation was an American thing at the time. Like the magicians tricks held closely guarded Canadians were not as well exposed to much film making let alone the idea of persistance of vision. It wasn't till 10 years later I actually got to put that experience together with any understanding of the mechanics of animation.


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Dave, great story...Great story...
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To bring back the classic Looney Toon/MGM style (WITHOUT being done overseas!!) and to wage war with the current line of crap that festers the airwaves!

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Scott Shaw!
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I grew up in the 1950's and early 1960's, so keep that in mind when you read the list of my formative influences.

-- TOM TERRIFIC (Terrytoons)
-- RUFF 'N' REDDY (H-B)
-- ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS (Jay Ward)
-- POPEYE (Fleisher Studios)
-- HUCKLEBERRY HOUND (H-B)
-- THE FLINTSTONES (H-B)
-- YOGI BEAR (H-B)
-- QUICK DRAW McGRAW (H-B)
-- THE ALVIN SHOW (Format)
-- FRANKENSTEIN JR. AND THE IMPOSSIBLES
-- WINDWAGON SMITH (Disney)
-- A WORLD IS BORN (Disney; that was the "educational" short version -- with narration added -- of the "Rite Of Spring" sequence from FANTASIA.)
-- GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE (Jay Ward)

Also, I was totally infatuated with dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, so when THE FLINTSTONES first aired on September 22, 1960, it was like a bolt of lightning burst from the TV screen to my brain! No wonder, over forty years later, that "modern stone-age family" is paying my mortgage!

Scott!


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Well I'm not a pro (yet) but what got me into it is this:
I actually was self publishing a comic a few years back when I lived in Austin. (I still am, although sporadically.) I met this guy who was about to start a contract job for MTV, and was looking for some folks to animate on a volunteer basis. I had expressed interest. A few days later, I ran into him outside a supermarket. He was videotaping interviews with folks that would then be animated for the project. He asked to interview me. About a week later, he called me back and asked me how I'd like to animate myself. I said sure, did it, had fun and have been experimenting and exploring different types of animation ever since. Actually, I'm now more interested in animation than comics...

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Please permit me to elaborate a bit on my childhood reactions to A WORLD IS BORN/"The Rite Of Spring".

This retooled educational short was often shown in elementary school, which was my first exposure to the sequence, since I'd never seen FANTASIA. I loved this cartoon SO much and found it SO emotionally involving that by the end shot of the dusty, doomed dinosaurs trudging off toward the horizon, I'd invariably have tears running down my cheeks (a reaction to both the sadness of the dinosaurs' fate and the incredible talent displayed in the animation itself. In fact, I STILL get emotionally choked up when I see a piece of entertainment that actually "gets it right".)

Of course, that was always exactly when the classroom monitor would snap on the lights, and I'd have to find some new and creative way to hide or disguise the fact that I was crying! I was "busted" by my classmates more than once, too; no wonder I was branded a cartoon (and dinosaur) geek by an early age!

And thankfully, I'm STILL a geek, through and through. (And a fifty-year-old geek, at that!)

Scott!


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Grade two was my watershed year.

When I was six I remember watching my older brother draw a picture of a bumble bee. I thought to myself, "That's not right." I then proceeded to do my own version ... my mother loved it.

That same year, I was dissatisfied with the quality of story writing being honoured in the hallways of our school. I decided I could write a far superior narrative. I sat down and banged out a enchanting story about a bear. The next week my story was prominently displayed in the hallway.

Those were heady times.


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What drew me? a semi-religious experience!! I am very young (19), and have been drawing and watching cartoons since I could focus my eyes! But the "big one happened in '95. My father brought home The Lion King on video, and although I had seen it in the movie theatre months before, I (very strangely) couldn't remember much about it. After I saw The Lion King on that fateful March night, I went to bed, but for the life of me, couldn't sleep. I tossed for hours, and I thought about the movie I just saw and how beautiful it was. It kept invading my brain. Then all of a sudden it hit me that *I should be an animtor*. Not that it was a good idea, or it might be fun to try, but that's what I should do. An idea has never come to me with such electricity before or since in my meager 19 years.

Lady Eboshi


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These are some really great explanations.
Hope they keep comin' for a while longer.

I never realized I wanted to get into animation until the age of 14 through 16. Never was sure. I mean, animation had been with me my whol life. My twin brother and I, along with our sister, used to see all the hot Disney films in the theatre. All the great Disney stuff of the "Golden Age", we saw in the theatre, and it was amazing every time. Although I thought they were funny and amazing, it never struck me that might be something I;'d want to do. Well, Our Creator has wierd ways of working, and all I can say now is that I am working hard to get into the animation industry, I realize it's hard right now for everyone, but I'll see what giving my best shot will do.


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It's a little like the film Close Encounters Eric. You have an alien encounter and for some reason you get this urge to go to some mountain . Some follow that subliminal message , others don't. One thing is for sure, you are never alone.
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Dave, I can always count on you for words of wisdom. Thanks for always proving me right.

hope work is well


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Probably the first hint of inspiration came in high school when I gave a report on Walt Disney for American History class.The assignment was to profile someone whom you felt had affected American culture in profound ways. Well, I wanted to do something fun with that,dammit! So I rented a 16 MM FILM (in those days,no video,back in '72)of old Chip n' Dale shorts. This was all I could get available on my budget. After I gave my report, and started running the film,I turned around and found to my amazement that the darkened classroom was standing room only. About forty students and teachers had come in from other classrooms,and were trying to find places to sit in the aisles between the desks! I'll never forget the expressions of delight and fascination on their faces,and the applause when the lights came back on! A simple little Disney short had that kind of impact back then--(partly, I think, because back then you couldn't just go grab it at your local video store as you can now.)I have no idea why it didn't actually occur to me right then and there to declare this as a career goal... Later, at USC, I was an art major,thinking that I might like to be a courtroom illustrator; but that fell by the wayside as that practicality became more obsolete. A month after graduation, I found out from my mother(who worked there) that Hanna Barbera needed cel painters,so I started apprenticing then. My interest in animation was rekindled that same year when I started the HB inbetweening training class,then taught by the late and oh-so-infamous Harry Love. There were some amazing people in that class,including Ric Maki, Jeannie Gilmore,Don Parmelee,Vicky Anderson. Got my first job inbeteweening there in early '78,and was promoted to asst. by summer of that year. Was there 'til '84. The rest, I guess, is history,(of one small, but thoroughly enjoyable career,which I trust still has some life in it yet!)
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Dear Bronnie:

Thanks for taking the time to write.
I can certainly see where you are coming from.
I recall a time of having to do the exact same thing-a report on a famous person. I chose Mr. Disney as well, for no apparent reason. (or did I).....only later would I understand why.

Thanks for taking the time to post, bronnie. great story.

As Dave said, "subliminal messages". I hear him all the way on that one....


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Bronnie, I'm sure you got 100% of Harry Love's sleazy attention, whether you wanted it or not!

Was anyone EVER so appropriately named? If he hadn't gotten into animation, Harry could have been a porno star or a James Bond villain.

Scott!


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What drew me into animation?

Well I do recall being 7 years old, and at that age I use to draw on the corners of my school text books to create 'flip book' animation. I use to draw one big ball (with and angry face) chasing around a little ball (which always had a smiling face) through a Yellowstone-type landscape: this was my version of the Roadrunner cartoons, which I loved so much at that time.

Other TOONS that would later also pull me in:

the Tex Avery films
Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and 'Pinoccio'
the H & B cartoons of the sixties
Watership Down
Bruno Bonzetto animated film shorts
Castle Of Cagliostro

I also remember seeing, as a kid, those science films with the dinosaurs sequence from Fantasia in the school classrooms before I actually saw the movie itself. I also recall seeing the science films with those animated sequences on Mars and space travel--those were gorgeous! Stuff like that, along with comic books, always kept inspiring me to draw. (However, I have not seen those films since the classroom in the sixties!)


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Yeah,Scott--
T'was the case,I'm afraid.
Harry the comb-over king even went so far as to try to pimp me off onto Alex Lovy! (Silly me, I thought I was interviewing for a staff job!)All Alex did was try to flirt with me,but it was still terrifying! I didn't know how fast I could run 'til that day! When I actually DID get hired on as an inbetweener much later,a certain big nasty redhead, J.N.(you may remember her) went around telling people that I had gotten there on the casting couch!! EEEWW-ICK!!!
Harry did have his sleazy side,to be sure,but he got great people in as guest lecturers for the class. Remember Marty Murphy? Bob Singer? Once I was able to good-naturedly tell Harry to "piss off", the class was actually a lot of fun!

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Bronnie, thanks for the email.
(can you tell me more about your affiliation with GRIMM?)

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inspiring... seemed like a good idea at the time.. how does one truely know that the path that they have chosen is what destiny had in mind?
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Destiny always has another plan. It is more about what you will choose. The only way you can tell in the end is if you are happy.
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Dave:

You took the words right out of my mouth.

If this topic is winding down, you have certainly concluded it with a wonderful conclusion.

Thanks, as always, Dave

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I'm sorry if I'm ruining the wonderful conclusion by Mr. Brewster.

The Little Mermaid was the movie that drew me into the world of animation. I had always been facinated by cartoons but something about that movie made me realize that someone has to make these films and I could be that someone. I was 9 years old when I saw that movie and I made my mom wait to watch the credits. Ever since then I always stayed until the end of the credits. My friends used to think I was nuts (well that's to be debated) but now they just humor me and don't even bother to try to leave before that last credit rolls.

Many people change their minds when choosing a career. I have never wanted to do anything else. But lately I've been fighting with the idea that maybe this isn't for me. But as I look back on all the reasons that people choose this business I am reminded why I wanted to in the first place. For the magic, the beauty, and the ablity to make a dream a reality.

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there's nothing else to do.
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