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Tim Smyth

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About Tim Smyth

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  • Birthday 02/08/1962

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    Derry, NH
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    Super 8, 16mm Kodak Cinespecial II, bolex, Nikon DSLR
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    Filmmaking in general, mostly Super 8. Professional stop motion animator.

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  1. Let's see what does an animator do? (Pause) There's so many different ways one can approach that question. Primarily I guess and animator's job in a film is he's the actor. I mean, it just really comes down to, a film is a story and the animator, he's one of the characters in it. He crawls inside to the brain and the personality of that character. He is that character on the screen. Not unlike regular actors. The only difference is that an actor in theater, TV or in movies gets to use his own body; his hands and expressions. The animator feels those things but the audience doesn't look at him. They look at his drawing, so it's a matter of how well can you draw how you feel? That's really the gift of an animator, is taking his feelings and putting it through his hand and being able to project himself onto the paper. I guess the challenge that an animator has is mentally get past the point where he's drawing. He's no longer drawing on the paper. It's not an act of drawing. It's more of a crawling into that page and living in that space that is now a three-dimensional world. So then you can start to draw a character walking away in space and you're not thinking so much of perspectives and all those technical things. Instead you're thinking, how does it feel? How do I feel walking down this meadow and back behind that tree back there and then sliding along the trunk of the tree and resting, looking up at the leaves? How do I feel? Hopefully you get into it, otherwise the animation has a very technical and studied look and it doesn't ring true. But an animator that can really live in the character that he's drawing, his stuff sparks with life. People believe him. Not my words, but by someone who has a little experience in animation, Glen Keane. I suppose he really doesn't know what he's talking about though.
  2. Okay, let's try this one more time. Is a author/screenwriter an actor too, yes sometimes. Both Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen among others do both, but when they write, they are writing, they are not performing, when they are in movies they are performing, or acting. no, the DOP is not an actor, he is not performing a character in front of the camera. Production is not acting, acting is acting. being on location is not acting either. This is not a put down of the many talented folks it takes to make a motion picture, it just is not part of their job. The broomstick if alive, is acting, if being held by a character is not acting, but the character holding the broomstick is acting. Backgrounds are not characters, and folks who animate backgrounds I am sure are trying to move up to character animation, and have done character animation before, I mean they just don't pick folks off the streets to animate. No, animators do not call themselves actors, they call themselves animators, but acting is just part of the job, and accepted, in fact I don't see how one would do the job without acting. They take direction from the directors before doing a shot, many rehearse in the shadows, and they bring to life the characters they are animating, acting as it is through their creations. They do it in the thought process as actors, just they do it in fewer takes, like I said in a post above. If they did not act, then where would Gertie, Mickey, Bugs, Daffy, and many others be? How could Pinoccio move millions of folks? I just reread a previous post, and basically said the same thing, so hopefully you will read this post and understand that no, not everyone on a film set has the same job, they are not all actors. It is a pretty simple idea, I find it hard to believe folks can't grasp it. Anyways, since that seems to be the case, I suggest we agree to disagree, and just drop the matter. Yours respectfully, Tim Smyth
  3. Hi Robin, I will say the one difference is animators have to do it in one take, if it is a straight forward type animation, then maybe they get another take, but either way, take one or two is going in the film. Try that with flesh and blood actors.
  4. Why would I want to hire them? What they are doing in this reel is not all math. Anyway, this is going nowhere, I have stated more than enough examples. Live free.
  5. The process of acting has nothing to do with going on location. Someone who acts in a play is not acting because it takes place in a playhouse. The process of bringing to life a character is the same. I am not saying all animators are great actors, but they are actors.
  6. So you are saying that actors are not artists? The characters do not animate themselves, they do not breathe life into themselves, much like an actors performance. The animators also talk to the directors minutes before the take, the take just takes much longer to film. It is no difference in the process. No animators do not claim to be actors, yet that is what they do, they are the stars up there on the screen, they just hide behind imitation bodies, much like actors hide behind costumes, or makeup. Is Mickey Mouse a star? Did he get that way because he had no personality, or that folks did not relate to him? Is Felix a star? King Kong? Aren't those the characters we pay to see? They did not become stars without their animators, who acted, behind them.
  7. Let me know when you or your friends learn about animation.
  8. Then they are not animators, or at least good ones.
  9. I love you idea David. My experience is anything you can shoot on the set is better than dealing with it later. You will also have to transfer without any gate weave, or duplicate it in the matte. Shooting the effect live on set you won't have to worry about that.
  10. Then you don't understand the art of animation. They are indeed actors.
  11. There was also "On the Basis of Sex" Directed by Mimi Leder, so I agree, plenty of female director candidates to go around, maybe not as many as it should be, but more than recent years.
  12. Wow! Just saw the film tonight. on Netflicks. I am excited, I feel now that since the Cinematography bar has been set so low, maybe, just maybe, I will take home the trophy next year. I also know how to pan the camera left, and right, even in the same shot. I should start writing my acceptance speech now. I really think you guys must be crazy, or I just don't get cinematography. Admittedly, I don't get a lot of cinematography, but I do know what I like, and Once Upon a Time in the West, or Citizen Kane, this film is not. I am glad for the folks who liked the film overall, I wish I could share your enthusiasm.
  13. No, you are thinking of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Night of the Living dead was shot on 35mm, and edited on 16mm.
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