Thursday, 22 March 2012

BG14: The Multiplane POV zoom thing.

Video to be uploaded at a later date...

Scene 8 Shot 3 is meant to help strengthen the tranquil nature of the woodland setting, in contrast to the bustling city at the beginning of the film. It's where Jeb realises he can ultimately be happy. This shot is Jeb's POV as he approaches a clearing and the river which leads him to the bridge. He's just travelled through a dark forest and this shot and the one after (SC8 S4) are almost a momentary sigh of relief for Jeb. Hopefully the dusky, warmer, muted colour palette will present that when paralleled to previous shots.

First plane. Deep background.

plane 2 / overlay. First trees.

Plane 3. Another layer of trees for added depth / immersion.

mega foreground overlay, to give the feel of looking through trees and add further illusion of real depth.

... Colour noodling and a couple of texture layers later and I had this. 

Saving the individual layers as PNG's and importing them into after effects, setting up a camera etc, I managed to emulate space in a more effective way than if I was to have a one layer background zoom in. It works really nicely. It's a technique that is definitely relied on with a couple of other shots.

I didn't reference anything for colour, only my own colour keys.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Business studies 'Ultimate Image'.. It's been a while

It has been quite a long time since I've posted anything on here. Here's something. Hopefully I'll kick myself in the ass a bit and start posting more stuff.

Basically we were assigned a project to create our idea of the perfect image.. Well, an image to sell ourselves as artists and hopefully get work and stuff. This was mine. I took Ultimate Image quite literally and decided to picture me wielding swords and riding a bear / bike hybrid all epic and funny like. It's meant to be a joke. Frank Frazetta was a big influence, at least with the epic subject matter.. Mignola was too, but he always is.

I love Frazetta's work. It is genius. And I can't help but find it kind of embarrassing even talking about my work along side his.

From Conan I think. The muscle structure and definition. enough said. even the colour palette though. genius.

 I love this guys pose. What he's doing with his sword and shield, along with the horse, makes a really nice shape or silhouette or whatever. I've never seen anybody hold a shield like that before but it looks so sharp and dangerous looking. awesome.

He even painted a few bears in his time. 

This powerful pose to me sums up quite nicely what I think of Frazetta. I love him THIS much. Terrible joke aside, I took great influence from this painting in particular. Again the muscle structure is so well defined and just the pose in general and the expression of the warrior, like pure fury and bloodlust. awesome. Some day I'll be able to paint this good. One can keep dreaming.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Production for the Production blog

Production has started I assure you...
Things are slow on my film, but lately I've made some good progress. Things are coming together nicely and if I keep the pace I should hopefully have it at a near finished state by the 23rd of April, a week in advance of our first submittal. That's the goal. Here are some roughs, tidies, layouts, key poses, stills and such from some scenes from the film:

Scene 1 shot 1:
This is the background of the first EST shot. The main character Jeb sits on the steps of that house all good and central. He's been kicked out. The house is condemned to be pulled down. He just found out he has nothing. A mood is created with the use of lighting and rain as a emotional symbolic, signifier of sorts. Should set a high bar for the film. Should be good.

SC7 S1:
The first shot in reality, after the intro / flashback / dream sequence. Jeb is rudely awoken by noises and such. He remembers he's on the freight train, and he aint alone. He will have a neck.

SC7 S4:

Here, a drawing from a close up shot where Bob offering Jeb a drink.
Colour card / gradient background needs some work.

SC7 S6:
Jeb's POV looking at the label to the drink he's been offered.
You can almost see, between the rough and finished, my thought process into making the emblem look more ridiculous by giving the horse crooked eyes. I like that. The label is a sort of homage to John K's work, perhaps. His horse design was a particular influence. The lighting still needs to be adjusted, if I have time.

More to come.