Sunday, April 15, 2012
Children Filmstrips - Tom Thumb and Kaa's Hunting
I posted some videos on Youtube of children's filmstrips I did the illustrations for back in the '70's, ancient history for some of you younger viewers. These were some of the first professional illustration jobs I landed. The paid wasn't great, in fact it was pretty damn low. But, it was great fun and let me at paid for drawing. It also prepared for storyboard work I would do later in the animation career.
These educational filmstrips were shown in schools or libraries before video tapes were around. I did several of these including adaptations of Grimm's fairy tales, like "Tom Thumb" , Greek Myths and African folk tales. I want to digitize them before the old slide film fades completely.
The soundtrack were on cassettes. One side has the music and narrative with a audible beep to cue when to change to the next slide frame. The other side have inaudible beep for use with slide projectors that advanced the frame automatically.
Here's a storyboard page for Kaa's Hunting and the sample art I did to get the job.
Like I said, crude by today's standards, but I hope they entertained some kids for a little while. In any rate, they did earned awards for filmstrips, so that's something to be proud of.
I'd been thrilled if anyone remembers seeing this in school or a library. If you did please leave a comment here or on the Youtube page. Enjoy.