Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What is this Weston Woods Studios?

I’d seen the film CORDUROY at the library, but I’d never noticed who produced it. I first noticed the Weston Woods name when I was posting about Gene Deitch. I had no idea that Mr. Deitch and Weston Woods were responsible for so many films.

And now, there’s all this buzz about KNUFFLE BUNNY, and there’s that Weston name again.

It turns out that back in 1953 “Weston Woods Studios developed the ‘iconographic’ style of filmmaking, in which an open book glides in front of a motion picture camera, giving the still imagery a sense of movement. Close ups, dissolves, and cuts bring books to cinematic life in a remarkable way. Even when music, additional artwork, and animation are added to the adaptation, the filmmakers adhere closely to the sources’ original intent.”

If you visit the Weston Woods/Scholastic site you can see snippets of films (and sometimes you get to hear what the author sounds like).

Hear are a few sample clips:

THE DOT
ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT
DEM BONES

5 comments:

modmom said...

hi julie!
happy 2007!
my blog disappeared via internet explorer when i made my header title a "home button" but i figured out the html to get it visible finally.
the lines don't line up, but i'm working on it. thanks for checking on me :)

julie said...

yaay!

Debbie said...

Julie,
I've been lurking here for a while and finally just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. Your links are fantastic!

Susan said...

In March during its Rabbit Hill children's book festival, the Westport (CT) Library offers tours of Weston Woods, in nearby Norwalk, CT. I've been on the tour; it's really fun. My tour group who got to make background chatter for the remake of Mike Mulligan.

julie said...

Thanks, Debbie and Susan.

I'll look for info on the Rabbit Hill festival for this March. I hope they do the tour of Weston Woods again. I'd love to go.