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Poster Design

Okay… This took a while. It wouldn’t have been complete except for Jennie helping me. When I last met in person with Danny we had discussed the poster being similar to Christopher Nolan’s film posters because I felt they were simple yet really effective at capturing the tone of the film.

Example of the posters

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As you can see, they are fairly straightforward. A silhouette in the foreground and a dramatic scene in the background.

I took it upon myself to design the poster, and created this initially after a few hours.

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I then sent it to Jennie for feedback, since she is far better at me at painting, and she said:

  • Add green light onto the characters
  • Have more detail
  • Make sure the characters fit with Danny’s style (they didn’t as you can see from the concept art in the powerpoints)
  • Add shadow on to the back of the stones too
  • The hill looks like a small bump

Jennie very graciously offered to help me and I sent her a version after that were I had added some trees to try and make the scene more interesting and add a sense of scale. Mainly thinking that all that needed fixed was the characters hair.

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Feedback:

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^^This was Jennie’s quick version to help illustrate her advice. The clouds were much better than my attempt (using difference clouds) and i could see there was a difference in scale. I also liked how she blended the grass on the hill.

So I had another go.

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Feedback:

  • The poster is still missing something, possibly because its rather flat i.e. little detail to help the scene seem more 3D or it could be theres a lot of empty space
  • Try doing different thumbnails to experiment with composition

I ended up producing this quick sketch to try and emphasise the height of the hill, and bringing back the trees to add a sense on scale.

I received the following feedback:

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I then created this version:

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This version features the font I designed called “BluQ” after the name of Danny’s business. The white lines on the poster are there to help me remember where the two character’s eye lines should be. I tried to make their poses more dynamic with Ari reaching for his sword and Ryne reaching out to him in fear.

By this point Jennie was actively collaborating with me on making the comic and I had shown Danny some of the earlier versions and he was pretty excited about it. I sent this version to Jennie and she came up with this quick doodle that I thought was more atmospheric than my 3 hour construction. This was to get the shape down right before she added in the two characters.

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After all this, Jennie obviously had to focus on her own work, so I used her design to create the final poster (see below). Without Jennie’s help I definitely would not have been able to get to this standard of poster. I would have handed in the first one, but I am pleased with what the outcome is. Chatting about it afterwards it seems that the turning point was with the character design, as the curved shapes (which Mike talked about in Life Drawing) really took away to stiffness on the characters and made the poster a more dynamic piece of work. (Also pleased to say I did the hair myself).

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Head Turn

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I took reference footage of me turning my head with a box on it, initially intending to have Malcolm turning his head rotoscoped over, but I changed my mind.

I quite like how the little test above turned out, however, I decided to simply add 3 more faces to Malcolm’s head and that way I can create a null controller to move his head. This will allow for easier adjustments to any motion that Malcolm needs to do.

That being said, this exercise is good reference for the arc motion of his head.

Harved Citation

Kolowich,L . (2015). December 11, 2015 // 8:00 AM How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop [Tutorial]. Available: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-create-animated-gif-quick-tip-ht#sm.0000rxkhl1cnlcqrrr71bbv4s6yaf. Last accessed 2nd Jan 2017.

Storyboard

I kept my drawings really simple. Since I’m the only one really working on it, I figured they wouldn’t be overly detailed. I think this is actually one of the more clearer storyboards I’ve done and that writing down the shots and having the script has really helped inform the drawings. I knew it would probably be somewhat helpful but I was surprised at how much easier it was to storyboard having that information written down rather than have it floating about it in my head, and how much faster it was to draw it out too.

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Concept Art

After Ideation, we tried to come up with a number of concept ideas that we could further develop.

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The main ideas were an animation to give a visual representation of Alzheimers, an animation to give a visual representation of anxiety, a little dog getting revenge and an animation which highlights the fact that there is always someone with a bigger problem than you.

  • Alzheimers
  • Werewolf
  • Problems

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