Few ideas of how Luca Mitchell, the young chef from the story, might look like.
I don't know yet, if I want the style to be really cartoonish (though in order to design something cartoonish I need a non-cartoonish version in first place).
Unfortunately, these designs are not convinving enough and I'm not happy with them. Next approach to Luca Mitchell is definitely needed, though I might work more with numbers: 4,5,7 as they seem the most appealing for me.
In 1948 Alfred Hitchcock directed a thriller movie titled Rope. It is a production based on a play with the same title, by Patrick Hamiltion.
Alfred Hitchcock was a British director and producer best known for his original and fresh approach to horror and thriller genres. After moving to Hollywood in 1939 Hitchcock founded Transatlantic Pictures and Rope was the first movie to be released under the Transatlantic Pictures' name.
Based on real-life, the Leopold and Loeb case, the story was made into a play. Hitchcock wanted to keep the theatrical feeling within the movie and that's when his biggest experiment's begun. Canby states that in the quotation: „Hitchcock was interested in seeing whether he could find a cinematic equivalent to the play, which takes place in the actual length of time of the story” (Canby, 1984).
The whole production looks like it's been directed as one unbroken and continuous act, however the film magazines could only hold eight minutes of film. The director had to find ways to make a transition between every eight minutes of footage. Unfortunately many of these scenes (ex. character standing in front of the camera, covering the whole scene with black colour) only drew unintentional attention to themselves, leading the whole experiment to failure.
Although Hitchcock's experiment was not fully successful, the production itself remains as a piece of excellent work. McElligott reckons it's due to the story Rope was based on: „Still, the movie works because of the strength of the source material, adapted to the screen by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents” (McElligott, 2005). Not only did the story work as a play and movie production because of the authenticy of evens, but also because of the main actors excellent performance. Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Farley Granger) kill their friend David Kentley (Dick Hogan) without hesitation, believing they are superior human beings. Their plan begins to fall apart when Phillip starts to feel the guilt for what's been done. The way both actors performed is persuasive and builts the tension. The viewer can almost feel the stress and emotions which built around the trunk with the body hidden inside. This aspect of the movie covers the failure of Hitchcock's experiment.
Rope might not be Hitchcock's best and the most popular production, however it can easily be enjoyed by the audience due to its plot and visual aspects. Even though Hitchcock's experiment failed, it can also be considered as the movie's unique value and uncommon attribute.
As Becker states in his review: „It may not be Hitchcock's most atyistic picture, but Rope is certainly one of his most fascinating” (Becker, 2012), it's hard not to agree with this statement. Rope creates an unique kind of anticipation and consists of an underlying irony.
is a science-fiction short film made in 1962 by Chris Marker. It is
constructed mainly from black-white photos, though a little amount of
live footage has also been used in the production.
in the postapocalyptic, postwar Paris, people live underground trying
to solve the mystery of time travelling in order to save the world
from Third World War which destroyed their times and lives.
short tells a story of a man (Davos Hanich) who's the subject of
scientific experiments; being send to the past he discovers the truth
about his memories and what he really saw as a child.
not easy to produce an interesting and apllying short movie, though
Marker managed to do that. His story is no longer than 28 minutes but
it makes the viewer stop for a while and think about what they saw.
Only with the use of photography the director succeded in showing
strong emotions and convincing feelings. Vallows-Dancy's quotation
states it clearly:
Chris Marker manages to evoke an atmosphere of sheer sadness and
dread, interestingly enough, through the use of little more than
still images, which says a lot about his talents as a filmmaker.”
1960s.might be considered as multifarious times of the
stands out with its original plot and all the twists of the story.
story packed the biggest punch, the ending a real kicker.” (Black,
a correct and really convincing statement,
contemporary times La
script is nothing beyond well known.
century is the time of various topics and sometimes bizzare ideas; it
became more difficult to impress the audience. Movie directors race
and compete with each other in order to catch the viewers attention.
A logical and nitely made series of photos put into a movie is not
going to impress people who seek for block-busters and colourful
amongs adventure-cinema seekers there are still people who can
appreciate and respect the less-popular production of the
cinematography, notice their values and praise them. Marker
undoubtfully proves that a successful movie doesn't have to be a
block-buster with a twisted story and special-effects. The
masterpiece of photography and movie editing has been embedded in
that 28 minutes long movie.
Pretension states a very valuable point:
is, ultimately, what makes a series of stills so effective – they
feel alive, but tied to the past, tied to a fate that has already
been set.” (Battleship Pretension).Photography
has always been considered as a link to the past. Sometimes a very
personal connection to events that occurred; Marker couldn't have had
used a better way of visualizing a story about time travelling.
Chris Marker's La
is a story with a very up-to-date plot, shown in an old-school way,
that influenced many contemporary productions and movie directors.
For this exercise I decided to use Disney's Treasure Planet movie. At first I wanted to do it traditionally on paper, using a pencil but due to lack of scaner this idea failed and eventually I ended up doing it fully in Photoshop.
I am not hiding that in most of them I used screen-shoots from the movie as I found it too time-consuming to look at the screen and switch to Photoshop trying to remember how the scene looked like.
Anyway, I'd very much appreaciate any feedback as I am not sure if it's not too many panels for 30 seconds of animation. I feel like it's a good amount as the action is understandable and clear.