Another day working on the puppets, padding out their bodies, affixing the heads and a bit of painting and working out Ariel’s second costume. So close to the end of the puppet making stage, tomorrow is the last day for finishing touches, before the animating finally begins!
This film is just unbelievable! One of those films that you appreciate more and more after you’ve finished watching, if a little challenging to watch at the time. Things of great complexity often are like that, they take longer to interpret but are so rewarding in the end.
I’ve done the animatic, it came to exactly 1 minute, but there are some bits that are unclear. Especially the transformation and the moving parts of the set. I’m really looking forward to some feedback on Monday. I have developed the character design of Ariel quite a bit since doing the drawings for the storyboard. I feel that now I’ve done this, if I began the storyboard all over again it would be much better! I tried to show the costume change in a different way, but actually I think my original idea will work much better. I intended to have the costume “miraculously” transform on the stage, showing Ariel crouching down and then the outer costume pulls off in a flash of lightning! much more like the costume change in Sagi Musume.
I’ve been looking back at Medea (I posted Ninagawa’s theatre version earlier.) This is Pasolini and Maria Callas on the set of the Medea film. Her costumes are really wonderful, I want to bring some of this into Ariel’s costume. I like the cultural hybrid that makes up the film, Pasolini invented his own history, this is exemplified in the choice of music (parts are traditional Japanese music) and costume design.