Many people have said that my children’s story ANTics would make a great animated movie. That is so cool. One of the reasons may be that when I wrote it, I saw all the action taking place in my head just like watching an animated movie. And there wasn't a piece of popcorn in sight.
The action, the dialogue and the scenery appeared in my imagination as if someone had shouted, ‘Lights Camera Action’.
How are animated movies made? Well, in the 20th century, most animated films involved a series of sketches that were photographed. They were all a teeny weeny bit different and when they were looked at quickly, they gave the impression of the images moving like a horse galloping or a car being driven.
With the introduction of computers, animation took on a whole new meaning. Today, animator’s drawings are either scanned into or drawn directly into a computer system. Software programmes are then used to give the impression of movement. It's still a massive job and can take years for a film to be brought to the big screen.
More than 100 years of animation. Awesome! That means there's a huge number of animated films out there.
I still have a soft spot for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Among my other favs are: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Pocahontas, Antz, Brother Bear, One Hundred and One Dalmations, The Jungle Book and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Also what's your favourite part about going to the movies? Is it the popcorn, wearing 3D glasses. Let me know.
You can read a sample of ANTics HERE