Thursday, 28 April 2011

Frankie reference

Before me and jenny animate frankie we needed to get some reference footage of how he would move so we recorded ourselves acting out the movements that we needed (badly on my part! see jenny's blog for better acting skills haha!) I found it incredibly hard trying to think how an old man would move and exaggerate it without making the movements too old as we imagine Frankie still being quite energetic in his age. Here are my attempts at acting out frankie's movements we started off with walking.

Then went on to filming how he would get down to put the toys in the box.

Then how he would slump on his chair after searching through his desk for his key.

And finally i wanted to record basic movement of how he would open the door as well as holding the box.

As well as recording ourselves acting out his movement we tried to think of old men characters in animation and thought of grandpa from the Rugrats and grandpa from the Simpsons. However after looking at some clips of these two I noticed that there isn't that much of a difference in movement.

Another obvious elderly character would be Carl from up here is a scene of Carl

Another Pixar animation that we thought of was Geri's Game

Jenny also found a live action version.

I then went on to think about other old people in television and thought of:

Bruce Forsyth

Victor Meldrew character in one foot in the grave

And the characters in the last of the summer wine

As well as these I also thought of Prince Phillip

From looking at this footage what i noticed is that they all seem to be very stiff in the shoulders and tend to hunch Over. There seems to be not a lot of movement from the shoulders up which can also be seen in the shot of Carl. As well as this they are quite stiff in the way they walk and put more weight on each foot. Or they don't take as big steps or pick up their feet as much.

For the style of Frankie's movements I feel the style of movement in the short Geri's Game will work well for Frankie being exaggerated and comical in movements to fit in with sally. Also the movements of Carl from UP will be a good reference but is a bit more exaggerated than Geri and feel he is more suited in style.

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