Saturday, December 29, 2007

Story Versus Story...


Variety has a really good interview with Brad Bird were he waxes on about animation, film making and the respect that should be given to animation writers. Brad seems to feel there's not much difference between live-action and animatiion... A story is a story is a story.

I tend to agree with him. Give it a looksie.

Hat Tip: Upcoming Pixar

5 comments:

V.M.L. said...

right on, Bird!!!

liz said...

i agree with him COMPLETELY.

and i tend to think the world, for the most part, agrees, too...

go brad! :)

Rogério said...

It is impossible don't agree. Good story is good story. We can tell any good story in the form of Animation, but I still believe that Animation is the natural habitat of Fantasy and this is not a limitation. It's a pure creative freedom. Let me repeat: I agree with Brad. I am just saying that Animation is the more full of free cinematic form of Art and this is wonderfull.

Rogério,
São Paulo, Brazil

bsmith13 said...

Thanks for posting that. I also agree, and am constantly amazed at the bias rampant among film makers for those who have worked in animation. If a certain director thought that story was more important, the second Star Wars trilogy might have been more than merchandising sink hole.

Ralph said...

Yes, I think we all agree that a focus on story is a good thing. What I think Bird needs to realize is that aside from Pixar, there are no other studios that focus on story.

Take a look on television. Even under Disney's own brand, there is crappy and mindless animation on television. Instead of a story, these programs appease parents with preachy life lessons or trite sitcom adaptations. How does he expect animation to be taken seriously when his own employer contracts crappy animation scripts in another media.

While I think its noble Bird is speaking out, most other animation studios don't have the pull or cash like he does. To really find value in writing, there needs to be a flood of good stories coming from Hollywood, and there isn't. Taking a 'good' story and then merchandising towards children is by no means to change the perceived value of a story. Right now, it looks like a story is only as good as its marketing. Don't shoot the messenger.