Monday, November 1, 2010
The late Dale Oliver, who was Frank's assistant for more than 20 years, told me that they always went to get at least one drawing from Milt and that drawing would make their scenes so much better.
You can notice in these drawings how much nicer Milt's drawings are in comparison to Frank's. They have more structure and better design. Frank was an amazing animator but he new his limitations as a draftsman so he left his ego behind and got Milt to go over his drawings. Sometimes Frank would send his assistants to Milt for help.
One of my best experiences was when I worked with Joe Moshier at Disney. Joe is a great designer and I was working closely with him on Emperor's New Groove. He would design a character and I would then take that and make a turn around model. I would show him my drawings and he'd take a new piece of paper put on top and show me what was wrong with or where I could improve it. It was just great and I learned a lot by having him going over my drawings. I also took drawings to Andreas Deja for suggestions and I used to show other animators some of my scenes for criticism. I wished I had done more of that while I was there.
Animation is usually a collaborative effort, specially in Feature films like Disney's, so is very important to show your peers your work and get their input or if you need help with a drawing.
That's team work.