Friday, November 8, 2013

Outline for the Third Term Paper

  1. Tornadoes
    • Examples: Wizard of Oz and Tazmanian Devil cartoons
    • Thesis: These two films create two different representations of twisters that each break the laws of physics in their own way.

Body Paragraphs
  1. The Wizard of Oz

  • The twister in The Wizard of Oz is one of the best examples of early practical effects in the history of film.
  • Three different types of twister effects:
    1. Wide shot of twister using giant tube of cloth as the twister; glass sheets covered in cotton balls, and wind and debris thrown on the set.
    2. The house blowing in the storm was created using miniatures.
    3. The inside of the storm through Dorothy's window was created with their fake wind and smoke footage projected on a screen in the background.

  • The twister is considered one of the best practical effects in early cinema.
  • Became whimsical as it became a transportation for Dorothy to the land of Oz.
     2. Tazmanian Devil

  • The Tazmanian Devil is a fun character who shreds through the environment as a violent mini twister.
  • Cartoony animation calls for long holds and quick transitions: Taz exemplifies this with zippy, cyclone transitions.
  • His twister form is created with a cycle of sketchy drawings animated quick and loose.
  • He turns into a mini cyclone that whirls around sharp turns; stop and go, as though it is anthropomorphized.
  • Unrealistic, spontaneous twister-forming powers that make for a wacky cartoon character.

  • Tornadoes make for exciting spectacles in film and television – and they are often dramatized for a number of effects.

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