Hans Perk has been posting the drafts from Peter Pan over at his blog.
If you don’t visit his blog on a regular basis… you are missing out.
Gaining insight into animation production alone will be well worth your effort.
Here are five of the pages from sequence 11, “Hook Tricks Tinker Bell”.
Prod2074 PeterPan Draft Seq 11 pages 129-134 (PDF File)
Here, by way of further preview, is an excerpt from a page from the draft of Sequence 12 (not posted here…vist Han’s Blog for that):
and the animation produced:
Obviously the quality has been drastically degraded in this gif animation. I’m posting this primarily as a preview toward the actual scene in full quality… just a representational taste of it here. Study it in it’s full glory if you can.
Note also how the Background Data plays out in the movement of the camera North to South to 6 1/2 Field which zooms into Peter and progresses the shot. The following shot then is cut to a perfect close up of Peter as he delivers his line to the Lost Boys in the voice of the Chief, “HOW”. (See correction below from Hans.)
Hans has noted these drafts are all dated within a few months of the untimely death of Freddy Moore. That flavors this look back on animation production with strong dose of sober reality. These names weren’t just words on paper, they were real people with dreams and aspirations. When one considers the art of this Disney classic and what the artists and animators achieved in the film it becomes all the more impressive.
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Update/Correction: Hans has added a correction in the comments that I’ll share here:
Just a little note: when it says N/S 6½ in the BG column, it actually means it is a New Still background that uses a 6½F setup (that is the outer field) – in contrast to a 5F as used for the earlier films or close-up, or a 10F which is on the Multiplane camera. One of the first postings on my blog is about this stuff. The Disney fields you can compare to “ACME” sizes on a separate page through a link on my blog, but I will divulge that this one is 14.4″ wide. The ealier drafts actually indicated the actual fields, the later ones just the outer field setup.
Now – there is obviously a truck (zoom) in this scene, so that either may have been planned “after the fact,” or a truck like this with only a slight East-West movement is not really also considered a pan, as otherwise the column would read N/P.