Posted by Not on December 19, 1999 at 10:57:35:
In Reply to: Re: Maybe the mucky mucks know something in this case ... posted by Dave on December 19, 1999 at 02:14:36:
Now this is killing me. Somehow by validating the necessity of a script, I've become an attacker.
Again, a script describes the action (yes, verbally, and certainly not finally - it can't). AND it is much easier to organize the main points of a story in a script form. Film-making (including animation) is story-telling. Too many animators think of it as an industry, and it is for them, but the bottom line is that we should be telling stories thru our pictures.
All scripts evolve throughout the production process. Animation scripts AND live-action scripts. Everybody gets ideas (which is, after all, how a human body comes into existence, too, isn't it? a man and a woman get an idea, and ...) A script is not just an idea as you say. You have to start the real process somewhere, and if building on useless, unworkable scripts has become the norm, as you say it has, then it's no wonder these things cost so much. It's no wonder tons of O. Jones animation is being trashed, because they've decided to try a new approach - IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PRODUCTION PROCESS!!! It's insane.
I think really if you sort through the statements being made here, nobody's arguing against the validity of the board artists or animators who finish off the job, for better or for worse. I am simply saying the script is needed, important, valid. It's where all the films start. A good script can be killed with bad direction, and unless a bad script is rewritten (in board form? OK, fine), no amount of great animation will save the story, the story we are trying to tell.
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