Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Response to Wells Article

I agree with Wells article on linear animation versus experimental animation. Ever since a young tender age we have been trained to watch animations (linear) solely for its narrative story/context and when we are given something other than that it confuses us and leads us to dislike it. We don’t accept the color and design choice behind experimental filmmaking, but instead try to find or make a story out of it. Ever since I was younger I would feed off the Disney Empire and its hit animations like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, 101 Dalmatians, Mulan, etc. I have to admit I’m one of those people that always look for a story in something, whether it’s a film or something like a painting. It’s just what we have been taught since a young age. I believe the reason narrative animation is more popular is because everyone gets the same emotion and reaction from it and you almost become involved with the story line, wondering what is going to happen next. Experimental animation on the other hand is so open to interpretation and it can easily loose ones attention because it’s not guiding them to a clear conclusion. The thing I love about experimental animation is there are no rules; anything goes. You can make up your own rules along the way and you don’t have to defend why you did certain things, whereas linear animation is based on story-telling and about building characters. One can relate experimental filmmaking to abstract art. The thing I love about abstract paintings is it leaves the audience open to interpretation. I love knowing a piece of work can mean one thing to one person and something else to another. That’s exactly how experimental films are too. Anyone can create a meaning from it.

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