mad in pursuit journal


Diverge vs Converge

Divergent Thinking: brainstorming, wild anything-goes explorations, weird connections

Convergent Thinking: focus, putting aside ideas that don't fit and sharpening up the good ones, getting down to business

On Thursday, I gave myself a wild ride playing with my Miranda self. Diverging all over the place.

What time I've had since then, I've been struggling to CONVERGE -- to hone in on The Production -- a one-minute bit of philosophy about the world. My progress: Two steps forward, one back.

I got a voice and a drawing. I got my animation "B" method* to work by Sat. morn. And then solved the technical problem of getting Miranda to walk in place, and played with a little music (result above). These are like screen tests.

Yesterday I forced myself to record a voiceover with a proper microphone. Tried to recapture some of the spontaneity and hesitations from the other day. Then editing... One minute doesn't give a slow-talking thinker like Miranda much time at all, so I hacked away at it -- still deciding if the results are ok.

Tried to draw Miranda from different angles. Damn hat doesn't work from the front.

For bathroom reading I found a book on Jim's Hollywood shelf: "Of Mice And Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons." In 1911, one of the very first animations was produced by funny paper cartoonist Winsor McCay. "Little Nemo" took him 4 years and 4000 drawings. And he then laboriously hand-colored the 35 mm frames of film. (I found his cartoon on YouTube -- embedded it below -- wow!) This tells me I should not be impatient just because I have a computer.


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* Using Puppet Tool in After Effects. Method A is like playing with a marionette. Puppet Tool feels more like a hand puppet.

** By Leonard Maltin (1980)