This is the basic story outline. I drew it in a comic strip style to help me work out what I wanted to represent. Some of the panels need reworking to turn it into an animatic. But doing it like a comic was a much better way for me to start rather than thinking shot by shot straight away before I’d developed the story. Writing a script first can also be difficult for me to get the idea across with description. I showed it to Steve and An Vrombaut. They were really helpful and positive about the idea.
An suggested using the comic book as a promotional tool for the film, which I really like. She was really inspiring. I liked her insight on everybody’s ideas. Steve siad he thought it had a similar appeal to Scott Pilgrim/ Wimpy Kid etc. rad.
I’m now considering this project as part of a mini-series. There were plenty of scenarios I imagined Trip getting into that I wont be able to fit into one 3 minute film. So hopefully after graduating I will be able to take this idea further. One of the main reasons for this is that I really feel like I would enjoy working with the characters and context longer term. Let’s see what happens with the pilot!
In dramatic contrast to Wandering Son, I’ve also borrowed Ghost WorldSpecial Edition, Daniel Clowes’ comic about cynical teens Enid and Becky. I’ve loved Ghost World for some time, since I was a cynical teen I suppose… but the special edition is really worth having a look at, it has his early sketches, annotations for the panels which explain some of the incidental things Clowes based on real life. Also some polaroids and storyboards from the movie adaptation. Also, I didn’t know that Enid’s drawings in the film were actually done by Robert Crumb’s daughter! How about that? One of my favourite panels, from the first page, it has stuck in my mind ever since. Irrespective of Ghost World’s widespread appreciation I still holds up as Clowes best comic. The humour, the awkwardness and the alienation are all so well observed. That said Velvet Glove and Wilson are truly brilliant. Oh yeah, and Art School Confidential. Okay, all of them. Thanks for Eight Ball Daniel! [NOTE:remember to look back at the use of one colour for tone]
The Special Edition even has a bonus strip called Little Enid.
I’ve been reading Posy Simmonds at breakfast every morning this week. This one is my favourite. Reading her older strips makes me wish they had animated the film of Tamara Drewe. It would have been so much better!
Do you know Brenda Starr? Dale Messick’s comic strip reporter. Hey, I just noticed how her beads only go over one shoulder! Though that’s not why I included her, I just stumbled across her and thought it would be worth looking into Brenda’s brand of heroine from the comic-strip melodrama.
Today’s lecture included a section on Mansfield’s comic prowess and her cartoon persona. Kenneth Anger and John Waters are fans… and I agree that much more should be made of the wisdom and wit of the actresses who simultaneously embody and exploit that blonde-bombshell archetype.