Chairy tales: object and materiality in animation

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Wells, Paul
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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This article addresses three issues of what I suggest here should be regarded as the shifting technological and matter-based apparatus of animation: first, the meanings and affect of objects and materials actually used in animated films; second, the visual dramaturgy made possible by objects and materials for animation screenwriters; and, third, the status of animation process materials as archival objects. The analysis looks at a number of animated films and specifically at their design form, material association, and narrative function to define what I will call the “scripted artefact”, and an “Animated Object Cycle”. This overview will also operate in a spirit of thinking about theories of practice and practices of theory in animation, and refer to both established theoretical perspectives as well as primary practice idioms.
Animation , Object , Material , Visual dramaturgy , Design form , Material association , Narrative function , Scripted artefact , Animated Object Cycle
Wells, P. (2014) 'Chairy tales: object and materiality in animation', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 8.