Monday, 20 January 2014

From Script to Screen: Like-for-Like Storyboard

Like-for-Like Storyboard: X-Men Origins 


The chase scene just after wolverine was injected with adamantium and stayed with the old couple.


From Script to Screen: Story behind Sculptor [Revisited 2]

The Sculptor [Revisited 2]

  • Sculptor who does wax works for fairgrounds is hired to sculpt horses for a merry-go-round
  • On his lunch break he takes out an apple, sandwich and a boiled egg
  • After finishing his sandwich and apple he prepares to eat his boiled egg
  • A seagull takes the egg just before he is about to eat it and flies up to its nest in the top of fairground Ferris wheel
  • The angry sculptor climbs Ferris wheel to get his egg
  • The sculptor and seagull struggle for egg
  • Egg falls and both seagull and sculptor stare in horror
  • But egg lands unharmed on road outside the grounds and both sculptor and seagull are relieved
  • Then a car comes and runs over the egg

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Life drawing (1)

Life Drawing

5 minute drawings with compressed charcoal

2 minute drawings with charcoal

25 minute detailed focus drawing in blue biro

Unfinished 20 minute detailed drawing in black biro

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

From Script to Screen: Story behind Sculptor [Revisited]

The Sculptor [Revisited]

After realizing my previous story line was a bit too long for a 60 second script I simplified it by getting rid of the characters background story and focusing on what he is actually facing in the main duration of the script:

Sculptor who sculpts prizes for a fairground game he lives behind in the countryside

Not many children play his game

Along comes a spoilt rich woman offering him money to sculpt her a decorative silver egg

He spends day and night making it

After making it he goes to sleep

A magpie sees the egg through the window and takes it to its nest on the top of the grounds Ferris wheel

On discovering a feather in his room he realizes it was the magpie and climbs the Ferris wheel to retrieve the egg

After getting to the magpies nest, the sculptor and the magpie wrestle for the egg and in the struggle it falls off the edge of the Ferris wheel

The rich woman who paid the sculptor happened to be walking to see him and catches egg

As they all rejoice at the wellbeing of the egg, a huge eagle flies by and grabs it straight out of the woman’s hands

They all stand frozen in astonishment  

Monday, 13 January 2014

From Script to Screen: Story behind Sculptor

Roger the Sculptor

Roger Philis was a young orphan boy who lived with his uncle a poor sculptor in a small town in the country. Growing up he would watch intently as his uncle would sculpt large garden figures for wealthy business men in neighboring towns and although highly underpaid by his clients he showed an immense dedication and love for his work which Roger picked up. After his uncle died Roger left his town in search for work and shelter where he came across an abandoned fairground that had been maltreated and defaced.
Roger stayed at this fair and set to work sculpting and restoring it to its original state, in particular he worked on an old merry-go-round which he sculpted a set of new horses for showing the same love and dedication his uncle had.  
One night he realized that there was something menacing about the fair when he was visited by a character from one of the fair rides who took him through a portal to an alternate realm where all the creatures sculpted or painted on the sides of the fairground rides thrived. The character that brought him there, which was an owl from a pendulum ride, gave him a golden egg which he claimed if gotten hold of by one of the demons from the haunted house ride it would unleash the rest of diabolical creatures from the underworld prison they were banished to and in effect destroy the entire fairground completely.

From Script to Screen: Chosen words

From Script to Screen: Chosen words

Once again being the last to pick from the 'bunch' of folded papers in the bag I was left with the words:

and Sculptor

So my character ( the Sculptor) has to be in a Fairground with an egg in his hand and my task for this project is to create the bounds behind this odd scenario. My first step to generate a story behind this character is to list a number of things that come to mind when I think of my words individually.

Egg: Foods, Chickens, Chick, Farm, Breakfast, Morning
Fairground: Fun, Children, Rides, Colourful, 
Sculptor: Sculptures, Art, Creativity, Imagination

After analysing these words and what they mean to me I will be posting the back story for my character and the reason he is in the situation he is in.

Soundscape: Key frame

Soundscape: Key frame

I happened to pick folder 11 out of the bunch of folded papers (well it was really the last one left) and was presented with this early Francis Bacon piece. Francis Bacon is well known for his unique raw and gritty style of painting usually consisting of distorted figures and expressive use of colour.
Francis Bacon: Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944

My first impression of the piece was that it had a highly disturbing and eerie look to it and was one that was not easy to understand at first glance, or even second glance for that matter.

Alien - 'Chestburster' scene

After further analysis on the picture I began to see subtle sexual undertones in the figures and  unmitigated resemblances with sexual organs. I later found out that the piece was in fact inspiration for the 'Chestburster' scene in 'Alien' which is acclaimed to have this sexual symbolism throughout the film, glorifying sexual dominance and the subservience to it.

The overall mood I get from the piece is very sophisticated because the figures; yet so smooth and curvy have a loud hostility to them because of the mouth and sharp teeth, however it is contrasted with the mellow orange background which is made slightly eerie through the patched and distorted style of painting Bacon used