Tony White's "STAN"
A FOOTBALLER & GENTLEMAN
An animated short film tribute to one of the finest players ever to grace the football field. From an era before the media, marketing and publicity agents build stars from mediocrity, Sir Stanley Matthews became a legend in his own lifetime on skill alone. Adored around the world, STAN was a true star wherever he went and could add 10,000 fans to the gate of any game he played in. Yet there was another side to STAN that few people new about. BAFTA Award-winning animator, Tony White, is creating a personal tribute to the great man and this is his production blog...
March 4th, 2014.
Announced the winners of the 'Design STAN' character design competition I recently launched. I want young designers to get a break so I'm committed to animated the winning designs and crediting the folks who designed them in the film. I'll probably use the winner's work in the final credit sequence. 'Bravo' winners - and everyone else who took part of course!
February 14th, 2014.
Finalized the first edit of the film animatic. Got it down to about 8-minutes but its going to need more trimming if I'm going to get it all animated by February, 2015! The problem is that there's just so much rich content from Stan and his life that its hard to leave anything out! But as a director you have to 'be cruel to be kind' and I think I'll just have to be ruthless to reflect the core majesty of the man. (Leave everyone wanting more with a short film - which is exactly the effect that 'HOKUSAI' had on audiences.) I've also just re-discovered the wonderful cigarette card genre that kids all loved to collect and play with in my day. Many of the designs are quite wonderful! I do plan to bring some of them alive in the film. Here's a very early sketch of one I'm working on for the animatic...
February 5th, 2014.
Found some great Stanley Matthews interview recordings and have signed up the rights to use edited versions of them for the short. I love his voice as it is filled with the warmth and wisdom he always expressed in everything he did. Compare him to many of today's soccer 'stars'!
January 28th, 2014.
And so it begins! Today I have decided to embark on a short film tribute to the late, great Sir Stanley Matthews - to be screened on the 100th anniversary of his birth, February 2015. It will be a real tough challenge to animated a film in that time but so inspired am I by Stan's life and philosophy that it seems his centenary is too good a moment to miss. The question is how to tell the story. My gut is telling me that I should return to a similar format that I used for my first ever, BAFTA winning biopic - "HOKUSAI ~ An Animated Sketchbook".
Sir Stanley Matthews - reference gallery:
Film montage of Stan's recorded moments
Sir Stanley Matthews ~ a filmed record of an amazing career:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks about Stanley Matthews:
Desmond Tutu talks about Stanley Matthews to Geoff Francis (author of 'Stanley Matthews: Black Man with a White Face' and 'Spirit of the Game').