In this exciting unit, we’ll delve deeper into the design process, learn story-boarding techniques, and experience planning and art-direction. We will engage with a range of ideas from modern contexts including comic books, first designing an animation plan in a comic book style. We’ll learn to recognise the varied characteristics of different animation techniques. Finally, working in groups, we’ll create of a series of animated clips. By the end of this unit, we will have gained a deeper understanding of different roles within in film and have taken responsibility for planning, working within a timeline, managing a group project, and new film editing techniques.
Jan Svankmajer’s ALICE (1988)
Is the film what you expected? How is it different?
How do you think the White Rabbit is moving?
What do you notice about the colours in the film?
What do you notice about the noise?
What is Alice like?
How does the white rabbit make you feel, why?
Watch and see how different Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland can be!
Alice is a 1988 fantasy written and directed by Jan Švankmajer. Its original Czech title is Něco z Alenky, which means "Something from Alice". It is a free adaptation of Lewis Carroll's first Alice book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), about a girl who follows a white rabbit into a bizarre fantasy land. Alice is played by Kristýna Kohoutová. The film combines live action with stop motion animation, and is distinguished by its dark and uncompromising production design.
After more than two decades as a prolific director of short films, Alice became Švankmajer's first venture into feature-length film making. The director had been disappointed by other adaptations of Carroll's book, which interpret it as a fairy tale. His aim was instead to make the story play out like an amoral dream. The film won the feature film award at the 1989 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Examples of successful research, storyboards and planning of animations
Watch Some examples of animations we've made in the past