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Structure: How to train your dragon

With symbolic depth and masterful imagery, the craftsmanship of How to train your dragon exceeds that of many Academy Award-winners. Do not take the fact that it’s animated as a sign that it’s not worth your while. But isn’t it just a kid’s movie? No. It’s an elaborate tale about finding the courage to question your given identity. Act One … Read More

Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso: The Truth About A Conflicted Hero

Film buffs may claim the greatest Japanese director who ever lived was Kurosawa. In my books the greatest – and at the time of writing, still living – Japanese filmmaker is surely Hayao Miyazaki. My absolute favourite from his oeuvre, is PORCO ROSSO. Miyazaki created the animation masterpieces MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO, SPIRITED AWAY, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. When he announced … Read More

[Video]: Characterisation in Wreck-It Ralph

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How do you achieve characterisation in feature animation? Writer-director Rich Moore talks about how they developed Alan Tudyk’s villain character King Candy. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video on Screenwriting, let us know in the comments. Thanks!