Terry Gilliam is known for being a screenwriter, filmmaker, and member of the infamous Monty Python comedy troupe, but the man is also a brilliant animator. Gilliam specialized in “cutout animation” a style that took stop motion photos of various things he’d cut out of magazines, greeting cards, photo albums, and other sources and used them to perform a skit or segue (or in some cases, a title sequence).
The Renaissance man actually made a video demonstrating the craft behind his work and we’re sharing it below for all of you fledgling animators and artists out there. The fifteen minute clip has Gilliam explaining where he gets his cutouts, the philosophy behind making a good cutout film (keep the motions as simple and direct as possible – the medium doesn’t allow for a lot of sinuous movements), and shows how he creates a bit from storyboard to finished product. Even if you never intend to make an animated short, this footage is still quite entertaining and informative.
Have a peek for yourself, then check out our own Alison Nastasi’s piece on some of Gilliam’s greatest animations over at Flavorwire.
For whatever reason, being an actress and filmmaker isn’t enough for Scarlett Johansson – she wants to be a singer, too. Unfortunately, she’s not really all that great at the whole singing thing. Sure, she can carry a tune – be she’s not the owner of a powerful and unforgettable set of pipes.
This makes it all the more puzzling as to why someone thought it would be a good idea to let ScarJo “duet” with the late Dean Martin on I’ll Be Home for Christmas – a single off the newly released album of the same name. Appearing next to Dino only highlights how thoroughly average Johansson is as a vocalist, and left us longing to hear Martin sing the song completely unaccompanied because it sounds about a billion times better that way.
Don’t take our word for it, though – have a listen for yourself below. And since this is the season of being thankful, let’s all take a moment and thank our higher power of choice that someone didn’t decide to pair Johansson with Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole. That could have been disastrous.