The idea of drawing and painting with light had been tried out by my colleague Alan Crick in our film Figurehead. This was a technique based on the use of transparent celluloids, polaroid screens, and filters. By the adjustment of polaroid filters the colours of transparent celluloids could be automatically changed. These light effects suited the subject well; it was a fantasy about Neptune's daughter who falls in love with a handsome but unresponsive wooden figurehead and takes him down with her to the sea bed.The film can be found both on the DVD included with the book Halas & Batchelor Cartoons: An Animated History and in the French DVD compilation Halas & Batchelor: Le best of "so British"!.
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Halas & Batchelor's The Figurehead
Here are a few stills from The Figurehead, a 1952 Halas & Batchelor short directed by Allan Crick. One of the studio's forays into stop motion, the short also made use of experimental cel techniques, as explained in John Halas and Roger Manvell's book The Technique of Film Animation: