I've decided to look to tradition art as one aspect to begin my notes on STAGING FOR ANIMATION.
1. Consideration of the problem of transference of thought from on individual to another -- the fact that we are able to picture it in order to transfer it. "Staging" is the most general of the principles because it covers so many areas and goes back so far in the theatre. Its meaning, however, is very precise: it is the presentation of any idea so that it is completely and unmistakably clear.
The second point to consider, which I think is a very important one, is the mental capacity of the average audience. In other words, don't get too sophisticated. The whole keynote is to convey on the clarity of the idea, the simplicity of the idea, and the directness of the idea. That is part of the secret to our medium -- clarity, simplicity and directness.
Image reference: Christopher William's "THE CHARGE OF THE WELSH DIVISION AT MAMETZ WOOD". This post was influenced by the books: ILLUSION OF LIFE, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, and BEFORE EVER AFTER: THE LOST LECTURES OF WALT DISNEY'S ANIMATION STUDIOS, by Don Hahn.
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