Thursday, March 22, 2012

SS2- Mood Devpt.

Mood development on the basis of early reference material as below. Turns out this one
is really warm and rather cheery in comparison to a post apocalyptic scenario which should contain more purple and blues.

Derived mood and color from this live reference image taken
as a photograph in Goa's diwali market in India.

SS2- Handy Book References

A collection ranging from books for Digital painting techniques,
color scripting, caricaturing and graphic novels
These books particularly helped me with understanding the process of color scripts, mood boards,
painting techniques, art of compositions and all the key elements to a good pre-production.
A set of graphic novel books to understand the art, colors and stylization. In addition, the book in the middle
is like that of a graphic novel encyclopedia which contains different genres of graphic novels along with their cover designs to help me get an idea of the art style used in different books. 
In order to develop an efficient method of designing characters, I decided to explore caricaturing
and decided to pick this one to help me learn it's techniques. It essentially taught me how to create a face with accuracy but exaggeration from it's original form and reference.

SS2- Character Doodles

SS2- Visual Storytelling & Early Concepts

Learning to tell stories through pictures rather than words
Renowned artist Ian McCaig from GNOMON, elaborates the process of Visual Storytelling

Having viewed the above tutorial, I applied the similar visual storytelling procedure to my concept. The process is very straightforward. One does not need to work in a linear pattern where the shots are arranged in it's final place. The idea is to put down our imagination onto paper through a series of sketches in different papers without giving preference to logical sequencing of events. It is not about accuracy. All one should have is the idea of the story, and develop solutions for the narrative through random drawings. Towards the end, the papers can then be arranged according to your desired sequence for your story. Therefore, prior to my storyboarding process, I underwent this procedure to flesh out key events from my story.

SS2- Planning & Pre-Production

From the initial stage of the project, I knew I wanted to make this project more collaborative, ensuring I play a major role in areas I am interested to specialize in. I therefore confirmed my plan of action by finalizing my team and delegation of roles.

I have defined my area of interest and specialization to be: Story,Visualisation & Conceptual Art. In addition, I play the major role of 'Directing' my team and to create communication between us, ensuring all work is in progress. 

For my screenplay and music, I have decided to collaborate with 2 old friends from the film school I went to; Arjun & Advait who are living overseas. Arjun's flair of writing will help flesh out my story better. Advait being a professional 'music director' is not only quick with his compositions but can define genres well. However, the risk of involving people living overseas is primarily communication gap. I therefore, need to ensure constant correspondence using skype, facebook and any useful means of communication.

For my FX, 3D elements & Compositing, I decided to involve a few of my juniors Awath, Memoona, Musawir & Keanu. Reason being there are different form of effects use for my story which requires a lot of investment of time. I therefore don't want to burden one person with all the effects. Hence, the shots are divided between 4 people ensuring quality output. I have therefore created a facebook group to constantly post updates of research and work in progress and meeting arrangements.

My Specialist Study 02 Group on Facebook set up
for communication between effects team members 

To get cracking with the storyboarding process, I decided to involve a junior, Beatrice, to help me speed up the process as I am generally slow with my compositions. So I made it a point to meet up during the week to sit together and roughly sketch out the scenes. In addition, I work alongside my scriptwriter via skype to update him with the storyboards and tweak the draft further.

We began with the rough stage of the boards to quickly give a structure to my story making sure we incorporate the details included in the draft of my script. Below are the thumbnail sketches based on the 'First Draft' of my the script.