Category Archives: Story Development

New Year’s Resolution

I have not spent time with this blog since last July, but not because I have been idle on the short.  With the New Year, I will start a series of posts to try to do some catch-up to where … Continue reading

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the Fleischer Studios’ “Standard Production Reference”

I have been looking back at the work I’ve done on my film over the previous three months, and I am struck by two things: the chaos and the order. When I started out committing to make this film, I … Continue reading

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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there was a woman who everyone thought was a witch… I am trying to figure out how much time I have to establish the series of past accusations against Elizabeth How. I have started drawing a … Continue reading

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Disney’s “Chicken Little” (1943)

In 1943, Walt Disney released a short called “Chicken Little,” using the traditional story of the little chicken who gets bumped on the head and starts running around causing a panic, convinced that the sky is falling. But in this … Continue reading

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Breaking the Fourth Wall

After an evening of watching Tex Avery cartoons – both his Warner Brothers and MGM work – and two documentaries about him (Portrait of Tex Avery from Turner in 1988 and the other in French, Tex Avery : un univers en folie, … Continue reading

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Outline of Script

I’ve been trying to look at my script in different ways, and looked carefully at John K.’s Ren & Stimpy outline script for “Stimpy’s Invention”, and thinking about this letter I found by him, critical of Jay Ward’s overly scripted … Continue reading

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Working through my writer’s block

I’ve been having a really tough time with trying to get the flow of the film going right, to the point where I’m feeling totally stopped up.  Not good.  So I’ve decided that since the main scene in the film … Continue reading

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