Posted by Not (a writer either) on December 18, 1999 at 20:56:57:
In Reply to: Re: Maybe the mucky mucks know something in this case ... posted by Sherry on December 18, 1999 at 11:37:05:
"you're MISSING the POINT." The point at the beginning of this string was that the Osmosis Jones storyboard was incomprehensible. If true, that may have been due to bad boarding, but if I were a betting man, I would put my money on bad scripting. The statement was then made that three hit animated features were made without tight scripts, which is complete and utter balderdash. Checking the scripts for "Lion King", "Toy Story", and "Prince of Egypt" will reveal all the main story points present and accounted for. Without which, the abovementioned movies BOMB.
"I can tell you're a writer, or you'd be pretty upset over this fact: writers for animation tend to get more credit than they deserve when it comes to animation--for taking ideas created by the storyboard artists and putting them in the script."
Why do you think I'm a writer? Because I'm not caught up in the animator-writer cat fight? I'll match you year for year ... animating. I've wasted too many well-intentioned drawings on bad scripts to disregard the value of a good one. I don't care who gets more credit. Diligence always pay off.
Let's look at a film as a human body. The script is your skeleton, and the storyboard is your muscles. Now, there's no doubt that a skeleton is pretty scary by itself. But without a script to hang your visual ideas on, a storyboard is just meat stew, spilling all over the place.
And don't forget the contributions an animator can make to a "final, approved" storyboard. Creative energy must be continually added at every step, or entropy takes over.
"In my 20 years in the business, I've had the joy to watch more than a few of these types fall FLAT on their faces when they actually have to produce interesting work."
Writers and animation artists hate each other like Protestants and Catholics in Ireland. Are animation writers overpaid? Are animation artists underappreciated? Those may be valid questions, but to say that story points and successful plot resolutions aren't important? That's just plain absurd. You say you get joy from the failure of writers. Why not rejoice in good films?
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