Inspiration from the Wednesday lecture on Interdisciplinary Research Informed Practice

On Wednesday we had a lecture by Mark on Interdisciplinary Research Informed Practice. I found this lecture really interesting, especially the sources he showed us.

I was captivated by the Catch Me If You Can opening sequence which to me was a very minimal animation but that told a story, this story being what we would see next in the movie itself. This was a very exciting prospect, I loved how the artists Kuntzel and Deygas had created this piece and how the opening sequence was not only animation but that it was a graphic art piece as well. I learnt in the lecture how they had taken inspiration from Saul Bass and his graphic art and animation work on the opening sequences of Mad Men and The Man With The Golden Arm. Saul Bass also has said to have taken inspiration from the artist Matisse and in particular his piece Blue Nude (1952) which he done when he was unable to paint anymore and used cut out pieces of paper just as Bass represents in his opening sequences.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaLDyrun_Cc

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS76whmt5Yc

Blue_Nudes_Henri_MatisseBlue Nude – Henry Matisse (1952)  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Nude_II )

It is not uncommon to have animations at the beginning of movies. I have noted that Monsters Inc has a opening sequence which involves doors and monsters which is the actual subject of the movie itself. I also love the opening sequence for The Pink Panther Movie which was made in 2006 and was based on the works of Peter Sellers. Because the film The Pink Panther was linked to the cartoons it seems right that the original cartoons played a short part in the movie. It also helped to remind people of the cartoons which are still popular today and still so well loved by many.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfv5P8GXU4

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pKPxHZ5OcQ7

I am really intrigued by Bass’ work, it has inspired me to find out more about him. I would like to go on to explore more about film and in particular opening sequences and also about how we can mix graphics with animations in the same way Saul Bass has done.


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