What are production arts cels??
A production art cel is a transparent sheet of cellulose acetate that includes a hand-painted image and was used in the making of an animated film.
Why are animated cels so extraordinary?
Before 3D computer animation, traditional animation involved drawing every frame by hand. Most full length animated films required around one million drawings. Cel animation is done with transparent sheets of cellulose acetate. Characters and objects are drawn on the transparent sheet and laid over a background. The use of cels eliminated the need to redraw the entire image, background and all, every time someone moved. This process of hand-painted 2D animation is now very rare and no longer used in the animation industry.
The Swan Princess original film (1994) was entirely created by traditional animation, except one scene of moving background that was done in CGI (computer generated imagery). Traditional animation a demanding process, so The Swan Princess animated film took four years to complete.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the process:
Pencil drawing templates are created on thin paper with color instructions:
A background is painted on glass or thick paper:
Paint is applied to transparent celluloid paper following the pencil template and adding color:
The cel overlay with painted image is placed on top of the background and a photograph is taken:
Photographs are then arranged side by side into film strips.
These beautiful pieces of art are unique collectors pieces specific to the creation of The Swan Princess. The significance and value of the art can be increased when purchased with the signatures of the film Producers and the Director (Richard Rich).
About The Swan Princess
The Swan Princess is based upon the folk tale and ballet, Swan Lake. The story is transformed into a playfully fun adventure with exciting music, lovable forest friends, and of course, the handsome Prince Derek. The Swan Princess, Odette, has stayed true to original fairy tale princess with her grace, loyalty.
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