Monday, January 18, 2010

jumping ahead

Ok, so I am well aware that I'm getting ahead of myself here but I just couldn't help it; Everyday going to work I have about 45 minutes of a commute to mull over different aspects of my film. One thing I just could NOT stop thinking about was the poster image for it. Usually I wouldn't make this until the film is completed but I actually thought this helped me a lot. I started liking more and more the idea of making it look like old photography. Seeing as the main character is a photographer I found this to be fittingly appropriate haha. It also serves as a vessel for me to just play around with the mood and design of the film, in general. It's going to be a much more mature step above Juxtaposed so I though a realistic portrait would be a good image.

Keep in mind this is not done. It's only a concept piece and will most likely get ditched/tweaked later on. For all I know the mom will be a man in a good two years time haha.

Here's the original drawing just for fun

Sunday, January 10, 2010

th3rd and s7venth

My friend turned me on to this video, The Third & The Seventh, that has been floating around the web as of late. It's an incredibly beautiful short film (about 12 min for those with patience) comprised of compositional studies from a photographic perspective. It's essentially different environments created in photorealistic CG, and they're all shown through different focus points as if shot through a camera.

This film is entirely CG and the quality is just amazing. I will admit, near the end, I stopped liking it as much b/c the director, Alex Roman, started to incorporate some more fantastical elements. It was executed well in the sense that we were eased into the more mystical scenes, but I thought it was a bit of a sucker punch to the idea that there is absolute natural beauty in the world around us (even though the obvious irony is that none of the shots are real). Regardless, the film is no less beautiful and inspiring.

Make sure to watch it in full screen as well- the quality is incredibly sharp and won't fuzz out on you. My friend who showed me this would also probably be upset if I didn't mention how great the soundtrack is...

"It's great."

Monday, January 4, 2010


So over the holiday, I finally had the chance to sit back, eat a lot, and work on my next film. The character designs are going to change a bit from my previous entries about the film; I started to feel like they were a bit too childish for the somewhat mature story line I've devised. The story has also made a flip with who the protagonist is, though I won't really get into those things right this second. The image above and the one below are just different ways I can map out the climactic scene- I haven't fully figured out yet how I want it to be revealed. The second image below is a more in depth mockup of one of the storyboards I've already made.

Arrival is definitely an evolution of Juxtaposed, and there's a pretty good amount of similarities between the two films. I'm kind of treating it as though it picks up where Juxtaposed left off and you get to watch the boy grow up and experience the world for himself. The settings are also somewhat of a throwback to the first film, but reworked to fit with the new character designs.

Now the big unveiling of the plot! Oh yes, the plot!

'Arrival' follows the story of a boy who lives in a rather small part of his world- pretty isolated from anything beyond what he can see. Eventually he moves away from his mother and home to a much more chaotic environment, and there he discovers some undeniable truths about himself that don't really settle well. When he decides to return home to confront his mother, he learns an even larger truth; one that is bigger than himself and anyone else. A truth that he already knew, but had been forgotten with time.

Below are some more layout sketches. The best settings you can create are those that are inspired by, or are
direct representations of places you know. I've found even if there is one familiar object in the design, I can create a much deeper and more believable shot to go with it. All of the images below are based on things I've seen or have a deep connection with, and I'm rather fond of them! Take lots of pictures when you see something you like- they don't even have to be good ones- but they'll be handy reference points to look back on. You'll need them some day, I promise!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

kurosawa powah

To check showtimes for the Kurosawa Festival, click here

The Film Forum in NYC will be holding an Akira Kurosawa festival for the next four weeks starting this upcoming wednesday.

I had a rather long review that I was writing specifically for Kurosawa's Dreams, however it was getting a bit muddy and wordy. So in light of my good friend's advice I'm going to keep this short and simple! If you would like the extremely simple version my friend and I have concocted you may skip to the bottom**

If you haven't seen Dreams I really urge you to go see it, especially if you are a young filmmaker. The film is a series of eight vignettes based on, you guessed it, dreams, that the director has had, which he then brings to life using vibrant color palettes and eerie delicacy.

It might just be my affinity to the idea of something being both frightening and beautiful at the same time (i.e. the 1950's), but I have been inspired a great deal by this film. I won't bore you with disclosing anything explicit in regards to what I like about this film because you will like/not like it for your own reasons. However, keep in mind this is not a film that should be graded on its script or actors. They are merely moments that were born within, now living amongst us, that focus on what is fantastic and illogical in our otherwise 'realistic' realms. They are emotional pieces and downright visual eye candy. They are simply just dreams.

**"Is liking filmses. It is the overjoy."