just another mean thing she’s gonna be doing to Trip.
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!
No sound effects yet. Played it to Steve, he suggested I clarify what happens in the bar, and simplify it a bit. He said it made him think of Midnight In Paris, the Woody Allen film, which I like because I imagined that inside the bar is all 1930/40s and outside on the street is a more modern London.
This is Prospero striking a Mie Kabuki pose. This won’t happen in my animation as I have made him a musician rather than an actor, but I explored the possibility in a few drawings, It helped me to get to know him a bit better.
When I did these drawings I was watching Bando Tamasaburo’s dance in Wisteria Maiden. It was really helpful to try and capture Kabuki style movements for Ariel’s dance in my storyboard. The backwards bend is characteristic of Kabuki. You can see the kimono sleeves are becoming wings at the bottom.
I’m reworking some parts in the middle before I begin the animatic later today. I’m really looking forward to getting some feedback on Monday, I think it will be really helpful at this point. I’ve chosen a three pieces of music I’d like to try on the animatic, to see which works best.
Shelley Page approved my proposed idea for the Transformation of Ariel into a Harpy a couple of weeks ago. She suggested I did a rapid thumbnail storyboard as soon as possible to work out where I needed to spend most time and effort. I’m going to begin a tighter and more explicit storyboard this weekend, but I just wanted to get the ideas down first… before I forget them.