Chapter One: A Planet In Peril
|Comments by: BenBurgess||Rating:||Posted: December 08, 2001|
FLASH GORDON- 1977-78 was the first developement of this series. FILMATION had alot of veteran artists from the old days of animation who wanted to bring it back in the form of a movie feature originally. "FLASH GORDON" was a very unique cartoon strip that was drawn by Alex Raymond during the peak illustrative newspaper period (20's-40's). It would be worth the effort to research that strip cartoon series. This film was at the time a high point for rhe studio. It was a chance to break away from what typical productions like the "Archies". Don Christiansen was the director for this first pilot who work very closely with Bob Klien the head of the Story Board Department. Don also put a heavy influence into the Layout Department under the direction on Hurb Hazelton. The Layout Department planned the film as it should be done with a workable story line and good staging and draughtsmanship. Layout was were the animation started and really they were the animators. Layout would make the scene with the background and characters in the correct fielding position. The animator would only have to create the feeling needed in the actions to get the story point across. Don would then OK the animation work and it would go to inbetweening. Line quality was a concern in that the use of thick and thin, heavy and dark line mileage had a tendancy to drag output down at times. The screen cartoonist union workers had to maintain 40ft. a week output. Alot of the KEY sequences and scenes were established early in the developement of this film. The hope was to go to feature film, but in '78 other TV production shows got more pressing in deadline and the work shifted to many other established shows. In the following year the film turned into a TV series production. It was good at the time to compete with the new Marvel Comics Studio in town. FILMATION'S original pilot "FLASH GORDON" film was put together and made it to prime time network around in '82.
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