Jul 30 2011 10:02am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Screenplay”

The Devil Went Down to Georgia: A classic folktale told with some of the eeriest puppets ever seen. The soundtrack, performed by Primus, is a cover of the Charlie Daniels Band’s song by the same name. For those who want to see more animation by Mike Johnson, he went on to co-direct Corpse Bride. (4:38 minutes)

Screenplay: The longest single shot it is possible to do with film is 10 minutes long. Puppet animator Barry Purves pushes this to the limit: Screenplay is almost entirely a single shot – a single mistake and everything would have to be redone. Also, for those who don’t have sound on their computer, the chorus uses British Sign Language. (10:55 minutes)

The Devil Went Down to Georgia
by Mike Johnson


by Barry Purves

For more animation, visit our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

John Massey
1. subwoofer
Well, I never used to have an issue with Primus, but that just killed a good CDB song.

As to the other... wow.

Brian R
3. Mayhem
The longest single shot it is possible to do with film is 10 minutes long

Not any more. Check out a film called Russian Ark, a 96 minute uninterrupted sequence. Not the most exciting film, but technically astonishing.
René Walling
4. cybernetic_nomad
Longer shots were already possible with video when Screenplay was made. I was talking about actual film (ie celluloid).

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