[...] In other words, it is clarity, simplicity and directness.
I think it is a very important point -- this continuity build-up
to the spot-staging of an idea. I would not wish to neglect
it. It should not be intuition or guessing on the part of a
person when he likes or dislikes an idea. I have often been
embarrassed by having Walt ask me, when I had said I didn't
like a gag, why I didn't like it. It was just intuition. I have
since learned to find out why I don't like it, before I express
myself, so I can tell him my reasons.
Under the importance of continuity build-up to spot-staging,
I think exposition is most
important to the art of construction. In other words, as you
are building up to the final spot-staging, unless each point
is put over clearly and has a reason, I don't believe the idea
itself will click. Often good story ideas and good gags move
on to a director and then to the animator, and miss, because
there has not been proper analysis just before the lead-in to
I am not trying to tell you how to stage. If I do, forgive
me. I am trying to give you a little inspiration -- something
to think about. I could not tell you how to stage an idea.
Before going into the spot-staging of an idea, I want to
quickly review the points I have made:
1. Consideration of the problem of transference of thought
from one individual to another -- the fact that we are able
to picture it in order to transfer it.
2. Consideration of the mental capacity of our audience --
their moods, etc.
3. Careful analysis of continuity build-up to the idea we
want to present.
If we have done all these things, we are now ready to deliver
the gag to our audience, or the story man is now ready to deliver
the idea to the director.
Spot-staging of an idea -- and I am not going to say anything
new here -- has as its most important part the ability to direct
the audience's eye to the place where the gag is being exposed
at the proper time. I read in some magician's book a simple
explanation of the reaction of different mentalities to the
pointing of a hand. The author gave as an example a man's reaction
as someone points and says "LOOK AT THE FIRE!" An adult's reaction
would be to look directly at the fire; a child's reaction would
be first to [...]