William Fetter and The Boeing Man:
William Fetter wan an American graphic designer who worked for Boeing in Seattle, Washington. He was born on the 14th March 1928 and died on the 23rd of June 2002. In 1960, Fetter was attempting to improve and maximise the efficiency of the space inside of the Boeing airplane cockpit. In 1964, Fetter supervised the development of a computer program which allowed him to create the world’s first computer generated three-dimensional image of a human body. With this breakthrough he devised the term ‘computer graphics’ and revolutionised the world of entertainment and media. This human model was called the ‘First man’ or ‘Boeing man’.
Practitioner – Tim Burton:
Tim Burton was born in 1958, in the city of Burbank, California. After graduating from Burbank High School, Burton attended the California institute of the arts in Valencia, California, to study character animation. As a student, Burton made the shorts ‘Stalk of the Celery Monster’ and ‘King and Octopus’.
Stalk of a Celery Monster was a breakthrough for Burton as it attracted the attention of Walk Disney Productions’ animation division. They offered him an apprenticeship as an animator, and he went on to work as an animator, storyboard artist and concept artist on numerous films such as ‘The fox and the Hound’ (1981) and ‘Tron’ (1982).Whilst working with Disney, Burton also made his first short which was a six minute stop motion film called ‘Vincent’ (1982).
As an aspiring animator, Tim burton’s work has certainly had a major influence on me. Not only because of his unique art style but because of his films ‘Corpse Bride’ (2004) and ‘Franenweenie’ (2012). However, the most influential film for me from Tim Burton, is ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993). He developed the story, main characters, tone and look, and made all of the original artwork. During filming he was on set as a producer, also playing a big role in animating the stop-motion film. It took 3 years to make with a team of over 100 artists and technicians! That’s a pretty big achievement.
Burton’s work is certainly amazing and is inspiring to me. – Still waiting on a Nightmare Before Christmas 2 (Fingers crossed). Link to Tim Burton’s website – http://timburton.com/