Development Program : Staging as Applied to Presentation of Story and Gag Ideas

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From the collection of Hans Perk at A. Film L.A. and reprinted here with his permission.

[...] of the dwarfs marching out to wash their hands, and then their showing them to Snow White.

Q. A lot of the merit of those scenes was the animator's approach to them -- his choice in what he was going to do. His drawing just guided him. He made a good choice in how to present them.

A. We can't pile it all on the Story Department or all on the animator. The animator is the one who transfers the ideas from the intangible to the tangible. He must know what he is doing and why he is doing it.

Q. Wouldn't you put almost as one the three factors -- staging, timing and pantomime? It is hard for me to visualize a man succeeding as an actor who didn't have all three at the same time.

A. We can spend our lives learning about it. I have merely hoped to give you something this evening to think about, so we can continue to go ahead in our work, developing ourselves for the future.