1988, 23 Minutes
We all know that illustrators make pictures, but are they also storymakers? Indeed they are! Through the work of three of Australia’s foremost illustrators - Julie Vivas, Roland Harvey and Jeannie Baker - this program reveals how artists add to the written word and how their ideas can be translated into pictures that in themselves tell a story. From first scribble to final illustration we learn about how they develop ideas, their techniques and how a book is planned.
For her inspiration, watercolour illustrator Julie Vivas studies possums at the zoo, and we see children listening intently to Possum Magic. Roland Harvey, illustrator of over 35 books, maps, wall charts and friezes, answers questions from children who visit his studio. Collage artist and author Jeannie Baker prepares her material and we explore the rainforest wilderness that inspired her award-winning book and animated film Where the Forest Meets the Sea.
This program will inspire young readers, writers and and illustrators alike as they learn more about the process of making stories.
A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Martin Daley
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification