Resources

Here is a list of some of the resources we’ve come to know, love, and trust:

Film Grammar

Colorful Animation ExpressionsI first found this blog AGES ago when I was looking for ANY kind of behind the scenes material for the film Balto. I stumbled on the blog posts analyzing the color palette, and that was sort of my first exposure to that line of thinking. This was before color scripts were a known and widely used thing at studios, so it was all a revelation. Thinking about it now, it may have been my first exposure to really thinking about an animated film as a film? If you know what I mean. He’s also got great posts on Fantastic Mr. Fox and 101 Dalmatians and so many more, as well as an excellent list of resources on the bottom right column of his blog. Honestly though, just go to his archives and start at the very beginning.

StoryBoarding

Flooby Nooby Site: The page I’ve specifically linked is a massive treasure trove of everything you could ever want to learn about storyboarding, and according to a co-worker who also teaches boarding at a fancy art school, should be required reading. When saved as a PDF though, this post is over 400 pages long. So get started. The rest of this site is also great, particularly their posts on the cinematography of The Incredibles.

Griz and Norm Instagram: Norm Lemay is a board artist at Disney and his illustrations are phenomenal. Furthermore, he and his wife Griz (a character designer and VisDev artist at Disney) are best known for their Tuesday Tips, weekly ‘cheat sheet’-type content. The compiled a bunch into a book called 100 Tuesday Tips that is constantly sold out online, but it’s worth tracking down a copy if you can.

Video Essay YouTube Channels

Lindsay Ellis: Formerly the Nostalgia Chick, Lindsay has gone on and carved out a crazy impressive channel of her own, doing deep dive (we’re talking 40-minutes) pieces on many Disney favorites like Hercules, Pocahontas, and Hunchback. Another highlight is her ongoing series teaching film theory via the Transformers series.

Royal Ocean Film Society: Topics vary, but are always enjoyable. There are some great animation-related essays on the channel, like one about editing for animation and one about Richard Williams.

Every Frame a Painting: Kind of a no-brainer, but still, gotta list it. Sadly, this channel was ended not too long ago. The co-creators were nice enough to end with a postmortem blog post that’s just as illuminating as any of the videos on their YouTube channel.