Cleveland Institute of Art: Faculty Profile – Lincoln Adams

Cleveland Institute of Art: Faculty Profile – Lincoln Adams


[light music] LINCOLN ADAMS: In high school, I
was in humorous interpretation, which is why I can go
from old crazy person who seems to be like this and
crouched very much like this, and (CACKLES), to, oh my
goodness, that’s crazy. You can’t do that. Yes, he can. He absolutely can do that. So outside of CIA, my role
is being a storyteller. I’m essentially a filmmaker
with a pencil in my hand. By way of being a board artist,
I get a script from a studio, and whether it’s an
animation, or a feature film, or commercial, we need
to see from shot to shot to shot what this is going
to look like on screen. From acting choices, to
staging, potentially lighting. So I have to be
very, very conscious that this is a film, not just
some drawings that I did. I’ll stop in the middle
of working and go, boy, this scene
just isn’t working. What’s not working about this? And I’ll actually get up, and
I’ll film myself acting it out, and kind of stage myself. Over the years, I’ve
had great opportunity to work on a number
of different projects. [inaudible] Animations henchman. I just worked on Minions
2 for Illumination. VeggieTales, Doc
McStuffins, a short that’ll be on the
DVD for Sing 2. When I know that it’s done is
if I have the emotional content. It doesn’t matter if it’s a
scribbly little sketch, if it’s funny and every time
I look at it, I laugh, or if it’s something
where it’s dramatic. If I feel the impact, well,
then it’s going to work. Everything after that is just,
eh, just prettying it up. The story gets
crafted here, and this is how the movie gets made. [light music]

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