Monday, December 7, 2009

Improving your Staging...

I drew this layout the other day.. and it just didn't sit right with me. I was happy with the drawing, but it didn't help move the characters and the story forward. At this point in the film, the masked men have elevated themselves to predator, and have become a menacing, horrifying force that are gorging themselves on the helpless "little dudes".So I redrew the layout to express this feeling. I placed the little dudes lower in the frame, and I launched the masked man up high.. utilizing a low camera angle.. a classic and cliche way to make a character more powerful (just look at all the low shots of Darth Vader!). A bonus to the scene now is that I can show some really frightened expressions on the little dude.The re-staging of this shot even influenced the style of drawing.. I drew the masked man in the improved version with a lot more insidiousness and evil.. whereas the previous version, the masked man comes off as cartoonish. the overall composition improved as well. I suppose this is just a reminder to push yourself at every level.. you just never know how you can improve things.

31 comments:

Chrisulloa said...

Nice improvement, definitely changes the mood of the piece just by fixing a few things. Nice to see you're starting your blog again.

roconnor said...

If you were directing this film for a production company, they might make you go back to the first because they would perceive it as "easier".

Your work excels when you showcase dynamics and a layout like this pushes it far enough without losing the visual focus. If you do it in every shot, it's a self indulgent mess (I imagine the new Star Wars have way more forces perspective shots than the first).

What I really want to know: how does this drawing help me collect a huge starting capital?

MS said...

nice post, can't wait to see this new film buddy. feel free to post more pictures like these! ciao.

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Jerry Chan said...

Staging/composition is one of those things I constantly struggle with-- where's a good place to learn about it?

Rubber Onion said...

the changes are much better for sure. the worms eye view perspective works great here

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Mayshing said...

The changes you made makes that shot so much more effective.

Staging is always something to play with. I am not so great with it either, I want to improve on it.
It always help when I have my brothers look at my work, a fresh eye really enlightens the artist when we are so deep in our own thoughts.

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