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Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC is proud to announce the opening of an exhibition of Original Animation Production Cels from Disney, Hannah-Barbera Studios, Mirage Studios, New York Institute of Technology, HBO, and Good Times, featuring Peter Pan, Snaggle Puss, Flintstones’ Little Wilma, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more, along with original art from local artist Ken Reshard, on Friday August 2, 2013 from 5PM – 8PM, at its gallery at 200 John Knox Road in Tallahassee. The exhibition will be on display until August 10, 2013. The gallery will be open to the public on Friday evening, and by appointment the following week. There is no charge for this event.

Animation Cels, short for Animation Celluloids, are transparent “slides” that animators lay over a static background in the making of animated films. The use of Cels, allowed the animator to make subtle changes to the drawing for each frame of film, thereby creating motion. Without the use of Cels, the animator would have had to completely redraw the animation, including the background for each frame of the film.   Today, animation is typically done through a computer assisted animation process, rendering the Animation Cel technique all but obsolete.

The process of creating an animated film was typically a team effort. First, a Storyboard was created, to plan the animation, develop the plot, and develop the image of the characters. Once the Storyboard was approved, the Scratch Track, or soundtrack was then produced. It is easier to created animated slides to match the Scratch Track, than to have actors, produce a soundtrack that exactly matches a pre-produced animation. After the Scratch Track is produced, an Animatic was created. An Animatic is simply pictures from the Storyboard synchronized with the soundtrack, allowing the production team to make any changes prior to beginning the production of the animation.

The animation production begins with the lead or key animator making a series of pencil drawings that depict the final animation. These drawings are then cleaned-up by a team of clean-up animators, and additional drawings are made to produce one drawing per frame. These cleaned drawings are then sequenced and transferred to cellulose acetate, which replaced the flammable cellulose nitrate used in earlier animations. Traditionally, the drawings were hand traced onto the cel, but after the introduction of photo copying, the transfer was done by machine. The cell is then turned over, and paint such as gouache, or acrylic is applied to the back to add color. It is not uncommon for each character in an animation to have its own team of artists, and its own cel. The appropriate cels are then stacked in front of a background to produce a single frame of the animated film. Since many frames typically use the same background, more detail can be added to the background than is contained in the animation cels. The frames are then sequenced into a “moving” film.

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