Monday, August 15, 2011

Gritty Western update, with production art

Here's some artwork from "A Gritty Western".  This film may be the most ambitious of the bunch, and it's required a lot of retooling as we go.  Making it all work in 30 seconds has been tricky, but each time we figure out a more economical way to tell this story, it feels like a breakthrough.
With a western, there's a lot of cinematic language to work with.  We've all seen them, we have a common language we can take advantage of.  It's using that common language, playing with the cliches, without falling into just that, cliche, that's really tricky.
villain design by Tabitha Lambert
stanger, design by Brittany Whittington

Here's what Christina had to say about working on this film: After spending a year on a comedic film “Beam” which had energetic and exaggerated character animation, one day I thought “ I want to do a revenge story”.  I decided a western is a good set up for a new experience.  And it is. Suddenly we’re taking a more serious, dramatic and cinematic approach that is demanded for the film. Because this story has much much more subtle character acting, it requires more attention to storyboarding; triggering SO many feelings! Ultimately I’m glad I took this opportunity to forward my progress in creating stories. “A Gritty Western” is challenging and CERTAINLY a learning experience! 

Brittany, Christina, and Tabitha are really busting their asses to make this film and to make it work.  The board's been worked and reworked a few times over, but we're finally getting somewhere that I think everyone is happy and confident about it.  I'll try to get the animatic posted for you soon.

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