March 18, 2011

More Storyboard Revisions and Early Background Art

Well, I thought my leica had seen it's last revision but not so. There is a sequence where Birdie is thinking to herself/fantasizing and I think that in general it's a little confusing. More importantly I feel like I am missing out on a great opportunity by boarding something more "fantastical" as it is a sequence depicting a character's thoughts. One of my all time favourite films is Dumbo. When I was a kid I was mesmerized by the sequence depicting Timothy and Dumbo drinking the spiked water and having a nightmarish vision/fantasy of "pink elephants on parade". I also adored watching Winnie the Pooh have bad dreams of "Heffalumps and Woozles" stealing his precious honey.

I've sketched out the main shots of my film already. There are 7 main sets (aside from the unique ones, like the title, credits and simpler graphic music segments). These sketches depict the sets in angles with the most information. I can't scan them right now as my scanner is small and these are massive. I'm not ready to go through the scanning process but taking photos is a great way to get a very decent visual of these sets digitized. I'll crop them and put them here. I would love if you leave a comment! Are the backgrounds clear or confusing? Interesting? Do they have some depth? Are they informative, i.e. do you feel like you could imagine a character at home in these settings? Please take a look!

Below: chapel hallway, chapel interior, the kitchen, the cellar, the tabletop, the backyard





On a side note, I guess these Heffalump and the Pink Elephants sequences frightened a lot of kids. Looking at the comments in reply to these clips on youtube, one comment reads (in regards to the Heffalumps nightmare) "it did used to freak me out as a kid, it's still not as scary as the pink elephants scene from Dumbo... :S still can't watch that..." and another comment; "i'm tempted to get high and watch this just to make it more fucked up, though i like the music". When I was a kid I LOVED these animated segments! Parts of the Winnie the Pooh movie can be a little... slow. So getting to the Heffalumps part was definitely the highlight for me. Dumbo and Bambi were my favorite childhood films and I love them both still. I do not get why little kids are so easily frightened. I'd understand if a kid was scared at the boys turning into donkeys in Pinnochio, but other than that, nothing in an old animated Disney film ever felt scary to me. I remember having to leave the room while prisoners were getting their hands chopped off in the 1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Theives... that was too much for me at about 9 years old. And I had nightmares about Trolls for awhile after watching Ernest Scared Stupid... I guess I would have been 9 or 10 when I saw that monstrosity. Rant over.

March 8, 2011

Rough Title Teaser

Here is a segment from the (very rough!) recent leica for my film, Pickled. It's the end of the title sequence. I love watching the blood drip...
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March 7, 2011

Follow me on Twitter

I tend to throw up small updates on twitter more often than I get entire thoughtful posts together for my blog these days. I'm Art_Candy on twitter.

Have some pickles!

A wee bit of rough animation I managed to get done while my kiddo is asleep! Have some pickles! from Andrea K Haid on Vimeo .