Archive for the ‘Inbetweens’ Category

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Inbetweens: Yuri Norstein’s “Hedgehog in the Fog” (1975)

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Here is a short film created by acclaimed Russian animator Yuri Norstein, his “Hedgehog In The Fog” (1975).

-Nicholas John Pozega

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Inbetweens: George Pal’s “Philips Cavalcade”


Here is a cartoon produced by stop motion animator George Pal, “Philips Cavalcade” (1934).

-Nicholas John Pozega

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Inbetweens: Singer Ute Lemper Shows How To Act With The Whole Body

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I discovered an amazing singer today, Ute Lemper. Her ability to act transcends words and languages. She sings in German, English, French and Yiddish, but her body movements, facial expressions and gestures carry the bulk of the meaning in the songs. For example here is a song made famous by Edith Piaf…

…check out the hand gestures, body poses and facial expressions in this one…

Too often in animation, we use “canned” gestures and facial expressions that are symbolic of emotion without actually expressing it. We plan out the poses carefully to hit all the bases and lose all sense of spontaneity. There’s a lot to be learned from studying performers like Ute Lemper who have a direct connection between their emotions and their movement.