January 12th, 2016

Masters of puppets: Charlie Kaufman and the subversive allure of stop-motion

Puppet master … an animator working on Anomalisa.

Few people would have put money on old-fashioned stop-motionanimation surviving this far into the digital age. Compared to modern computer animation, it’s like writing your emails in needlepoint. But stop-motion has not just prevailed, it has moved into new territories. Once associated with children’s entertainment, it has somehow found a new lease of life among “grown-up” film-makers – be they live-action auteurs, or animators dealing in darker, child-unfriendlier content. Anomalisa ticks both boxes, and it’s the tip of an iceberg that’s still growing. Wes Anderson, for example, translated his corduroy-suited sensibility into stop-motion for 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox. It worked so well that he’s making another one, reportedly about a pack of dogs. In addition, we’ve had a steady stream of horror-tinged stop-motion works like Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, and Laika studios’Coraline, Paranorman and Boxtrolls

Full Guardian Article HERE

Ulysses - The Joys of Academic Essay Reading

Decided to ditch 'Penelope' and just ad lib on 'Nausicaa' and 'Circe' - gen up on the academic essays instead.  I have had so many disruptions, it's unbelievable.  I also have found out that I have to get my toenail removed as the nail bed has poison in it.  Lovely image, I know.

I have managed 2,160 words all told and that is getting rid of 'Penelope' too.  Quick mental maths - 1,789m - 291 = 1,498.  So - 661 words written today.  I have most of tomorrow and Thursday, then submit before midday Friday.  Many quotes to add and academic sprinklings to find within the approved essays, to back up my theory.  I could do with some extra days.  Hubby has to use my office for a couple of hours tomorrow too (which sucks - hope he can sort out our clients ASAP, or I can see me pulling a couple of all-nighters).

Time for bed, said Zebedee