Thursday, September 29, 2011

Buckwheat Color Script Panels

Pre-production elements for Buckwheat are nearly complete! And that means I will be moving into pencil tests soon. I'm actually eagerly awaiting the iPhone 5 release so I can get busy shooting! But until then, here's some more early color script panels. The script has evolved over the past month and a half and this color script exercise has definitely helped me streamline the narrative and start thinking in visual vocabulary. Interestingly, after looking at more noir and neo-noir films I was influenced by the use of visual motifs. For example, Scorsese used the visual motif of an X throughout The Departed (2006) to foreshadow the double crossing going on throughout the plot. There are X's everywhere in that film if you watch closely enough. For Buckwheat, since it's very much a story of confinement, I placed subtle visual references to barred doors, cells, stripes throughout the story. Again, it's subtle, but a pattern emerges and foreshadows the central theme of imprisonment.

Friday, September 9, 2011

eDIT Filmmakers Festival

At the end of October I will be presenting and discussing my animation work at the eDIT Filmmakers Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. This is exciting for a number of reasons because I've never been to Germany before and the great indie animator Bill Plympton will be there as well. The program has just been released at the link below so if any of you are in Germany or will be in October please come check it out!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lighting and Mood

Here is another piece of production art for Buckwheat. This is a scene where a group of smugglers plan a "heist" of sorts. I looked at The Killing and a few other noir films for inspiration. The hard light and shadows suggest some illicit goings on. This is a full panel done in Gouache. You can see the rough sketch for this scene in the Buckwheat story art post below.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Alois Nebel

This Czech rotoscope animated feature looks amazing. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before.