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Monday, January 30, 2006


The Finishing Touches

I spent my free weekend time making little tweaks to some of the shots in this sequence that bothered me. They were minor things - but after I made the changes, they made a HUGE difference. As I work, I always do the best I can to "keep it moving" so I don't get stuck with pointless little details. Sometimes as I move forward, I forget things that I've learned in the past.

In the case of these two shots, I forgot about what little information you need to read an action. The tweak here was that the alien raises a note that Santa looks at. One shot had the note close to settling and the next shot continued the settle (always cut on action kids). I liked the previous shot's last pose so much, that I left too many frames in and the hook-up was flat. I realized - you don't look at the note in the fist shot - only the second. You need to read the "action" - not the "message" here. Removing the frames at the end gave me frames to add with the alien reaching behind his back (which was too rushed originally). Just goes to show how effective an editing process can really be.

The other tweak had to do with the Santa jumping shot. I had a two poses at the end that read better as one pose. Another hard call because the removed pose looked good - just didn't work after tremendous effort to make it work. Another lesson of simpler is better.

So you probably noticed by now that the Alien is holding up a note to Santa that he wants a little boy. This is the big "surprise" of the film. The story is set up where you are made to think the obvious, but learn that the boy is just as much an alien to the Alien. The boy and the Alien are really meant for each other. This is a wholesome little tale where two who are meant for each other find their way to be together. I love this sappy crap.
At some point, I'll talk about all the visual parallels I created that subtly tie the boy to the Alien throughout the film.

6 comments:

Jafar said...

Hi Dave,

These stills look neat and beautiful (as usual!!!)...and my interest in your film is growing with every new post on this blog. All the late night postings here make me wonder if you ever sleep!

Regards

martin wittig said...

Beautiful work!

Virginia Valle said...

This is a nice scene too,your little guy is cute everyday is much funny ;)is very nice see the layouts and coloring
All effort have reward

Beautiful work!!

joe said...

it's nice to read thought process as well...even i wonder sometimes how many passes it takes to get the perfect set of poses...simpler is better and always at the front of my mind as well but it's interesting how attached to poses you can get...really comin along, eh?

~jm

kevin micallef said...

Hi Dave, What a great blog!! Thanks for sharing your artwork, ideas and experiences!!

Alina Chau said...

THis is looking very good!!! Just getting better and better! U rock!