Friday, August 17, 2012

St. Trinian's Schoolgirl Sculpture

At some point I was thinking about the possibility of making a feature film based on Ronald's anarchic schoolgirl cartoons. But the vivid drawing style and the boiling lines would probably be too much to endure when viewed blown up on a big screen.
Then I thought about stop motion and how so many stop motion designers are so heavily influenced by Searle. I asked Teddy Hall, a brilliant English artist/animator/sculptor, to make a model of a St. Trinian's girl.

Ronald loved the sculpture and would have been happy with an adaptation in stop motion. I took the idea to a couple of the big studios but they turned it down, not knowing what to make of this. I don't think they even knew who Ronald Searle was. But even if they had, a stop motion feature film is a big, expensive undertaking and as soon as large amounts of money are involved in any production, the money people want to make sure a large audience will see the "product". And this means "family friendly", which Ronald's cartoons are certainly not.
Anyway, thank you Teddy for a wonderful sculpture.

7 comments:

paige said...

wow, this is wonderful! thank you for sharing this- what amazing talent there is out there!

David Nethery said...

Love the stop-motion sculpt by Teddy Hall, but honestly I think based on the hand-drawn test you did that "the vivid drawing style and the boiling lines" would be great in a feature film on the big screen. Love Searle's drawing style and your interpretation of it for animation was/is spot on.

David Bernal said...

I would soo back up a crowdsource/kickstarted stop motion of a Searle movie! Thanks for sharing!!

Adam Blake said...

Amazing sculpture!

jude said...

Why are people so lacking in imagination? It would have been INCREDIBLE.

Matt J said...

Love it! I want a St Trins doll!! Perhaps you'd consider a SECTION of the show in stop-mo? Title seq. maybe?

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