Friday, October 5, 2012

The Lost Files: The Beginning

Hello, all! I'm back, and I'm most honored to be nominated as Head of Art Direction for the animated short, The Lost Files. The blog for the short can be found here.

To start off, the Director and I felt like we ought to keep it simple and let our minions -er, crew- play around with the basic concept. A lot of great ideas can come from this sort of open atmosphere. The Lost Files Blog has a great video example with Tarzan. Another great example of this creative freedom can actually be found in the Lion King; the scene were Rafiki whacks Simba on the skull with his staff started out as a joke.

The wonderful people working on the movie wondered just how Rafiki was to teach the angsty young Simba his lesson, and somebody joked "he should just knock some sense into him" (or something to that effect). Now, it's one of the most famous parts of the movie -who doesn't remember "Not the Stick!"?- and it wouldn't quite be the same without it because it takes a serious moment and makes it light-hearted.

As such, Emma (director) and I decided to encourage this artistic freedom. And, boy, has it payed off! Before we even left that cintiq lab we were seeing and hearing wonderful concepts from multiple sources, and that was inspiration that hit just within an hour or so of the project's inception!

To say I'm excited is, of course, an understatement. However, we can't let this fun part go on forever; it ends soon, and the real work begins. We have a limited amount of time to do this in.

Speaking of time, I made an updated timeline for our blog/crew. Technically, Emma already made a sort of timeline, but it was in text and it explained exactly what she wanted done by certain times. This was made so that our crew could have a more visual interface; artists are very visual, after all!

Yes, it's the same template as before; Emma liked it, and why change what works? Anyways, here it is at last:

I will come back and post my own concept work and the like, of course. But, for now, this is it!

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