Presto gags and animatics

Here are some great videos of preproduction work for Pixar’s short film Presto. I found these videos through the character design blog.

This first video is a collection of various gag ideas. I didn’t realize this is how ideas are pitched. They even add sound effects to sell it.

Here is the animatic. Look at how well worked out all the timing is.

Jacques Tati: Anatomy of a gag

This week the complete films of Jacques Tati was released on blu-ray and DVD. You cannot study the history of film comedy and not know about Tati. He had a marvelous sense of humor, and a unique style of comedy. Here is an excellent analysis of some of his work.

PlayTime: Anatomy of a Gag from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

I also recommend this post from Criterion films for further reading.

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