This is what I had so far when I talked to my professors. These are just ideas that I came up with based on an animation style I didn’t know the name of. Prior to doing more research, I had considered doing various types of animations that just did not go well with each other, like illustration type animation alongside cutout animation. My professors told me that would be more difficult than doing it all in the same style of animation. After doing more research, I discovered that this animation style after doing research is a cross between cutout animation and puppet animation, because objects and characters will be manipulated. Silhouette animation is a category of cutout animation and that’s a really interesting approach, but I don’t see myself pursuing that style, because it’s just black silhouettes.
The action starts with curtains much like the curtains you would see on broadway, in theatre, or in a play. This is to show that the movie is theatrical and very animated, flamboyant, theatrical and exaggerated. The curtains then open up to reveal the MC standing there. The camera zooms into the MC & he starts singing “Willkommen”. He points his cane and ABC Pictures presents shows on top of the cane. The camera then cuts to him pointing at the audience, and they blur out to show the In association with Allied Artists. The camera zooms in on his face, and as he hits a high note, it gets closer to his mouth. The mouth gets close at an extreme close up, and the whole screen turns black and so does the inside of the mouth, showing A Bob Fosse Film. The teeth then drop one by one revealing the name of Liza Minelli.
Lipstick comes into the frame, and as the lipstick goes over the lips, it zooms out to show Elke, the drag queen. The drag queen is looking at herself in the mirror, and the camera cuts to her raising her hand and writing Michael York‘s name with lipstick. Then her hand goes down and she brings up a cloth which she wipes with the mirror showing Helmut Griem. Then she puts the cloth down and it shows the name of Joel Grey, right next to an image of Hitler that has been drawn on, making him look dumb and foolish. The drag queen then folds the cloth in half, and as the camera pans, she wipes to the right, erasing Hitler’s ugly makeup to show just his ugly face.
The names of Marisa Berenson & Fritz Wepper are revealed after the wipe, both whom play Jewish characters alongside the symbol of the Nazis. This is supposed to mean something where you see the characters whose love will be ruined by Hitler’s stupid agenda. Then the wiping stops when a Kit Kat Klub poster is shown alongside Hitler’s. This is meant to represent the fact that once before the KKK was a place where people leave all their issues and troubles behind to just have fun and let go. After the wipe, you see his face without the goofy face drawings on, and how he’s being embraced more and more in the KKK, especially by the MC.
There’s then makeup at the end of the table, and then the camera pans to the cinematographer’s name Geoffrey Unsworth carved into wood. Then the camera pans to the side/edge of the table, showing edited by David Betherton. Now onto the last page I have so far, the side of the table turns into a piano, showing music by, then it cuts to a high angle shot of the piano, with the brand name being John Kander, Fred Ebb & Ralph Burns. Someone starts playing the piano with a hat on there.
This is what I have so far. I have thought of the next sequence to come, but not so far ahead. I need to draw more and come up with ideas as I draw along. The next idea would be presumably the MC picking the hat up and turning the hat to show the screenplay by Jay Allen. I have a lot of work to do, and I wanna do so much, but I don’t know where to start, how to start or even what to do. I haven’t decided on a style yet and I will be figuring that out from now on.