Ken Duncan owns Duncan Studio in Pasadena, CA. Before that he animated Meg in Hercules, Jane in Tarzan, Capt. Amelia and Scroop in Treasure Planet, and he served as a sequence supervisor on Dreamworks’ Sharktale. In this final part of the interview, Ken shares more of his experiences on Hercules and Tarzan as well as futher insights in to his approaches to performance and how he approaches running his own animation studio.

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  • 00:00:21  Introduction - Duncan Studio
  • 00:01:08  On acting and observing reality
  • 00:03:12  Definition of texture in animation
  • 00:06:01  Various structures of supervising on films
  • 00:08:58  Animating Meg on Hercules
  • 00:12:49  Dealing with criticism and getting better
  • 00:14:30  Strength of female characters
  • 00:14:53  Supervising at different studios
  • 00:17:05  Animating a song
  • 00:18:07  3/4 inch video tape
  • 00:19:56  Style of Hercules - Gerald Scarf and cartooniness
  • 00:21:01  Portraying women in animation
  • 00:24:16  Actresses of the 40s - Barbara Stanwyck and Jean Arthur
  • 00:25:26  Animating Jane in Tarzan
  • 00:29:42  Supervising in 2D vs CG
  • 00:31:23  Traditional animation methodology
  • 00:36:12  Getting the right reaction
  • 00:38:55  Analyzing and the human touch
  • 00:42:47  Taking characters off model
  • 00:45:14  Jane's physical transformation
  • 00:47:54  Treasure Planet
  • 00:50:24  Starting in to CG - Oskar Urretabizkaia
  • 00:55:48  Sharktale
  • 01:00:41  The atmosphere at Dreamworks
  • 01:01:37  Analyzing European animation styles
  • 01:03:26  Other animation is going on out there
  • 01:07:09  Setting up Duncan Studio
  • 01:13:46  Opportunities for experimentation
  • 01:17:44  Conclusion

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