Image Image Image Image Image
Scroll to Top

To Top

Brother Thomas Film Blog

25

May
2015

No Comments

In CG Layout

By Steve Leeper

CG Layout: Scriptorium Part 2-Blocking

On 25, May 2015 | No Comments | In CG Layout | By Steve Leeper

The second half of CG Layout is all about blocking.  That means the placement of characters and camera in 3D space which includes both motion and timing.

The GIF file above shows how the 2D Animatic was translated into 3D Layout. Knowing these changes will be a huge help when it comes to setting up the stop-motion shoot.

In this shot the camera cranes up while Br. Thomas climbs a stack of holy books in order to look out of a very high window.

Read more…

Tags | , , ,

20

May
2015

No Comments

In Guest Artists

By Steve Leeper

Guest Artist/DMA Alum: Gracie Klumpp

On 20, May 2015 | No Comments | In Guest Artists | By Steve Leeper

Gracie’s version of Br. Thomas shows the flustered monk, as usual, late for work and running past one of the Church Fathers with the blue Dragonfly in hot pursuit. In the film the statues never show signs of life, only perceived judgement and long shadows. I love that in Gracie’s version, it seems that the statue and the dragonfly have an understanding about Br. Thomas.

Click here to see more images in our Guest Artist Gallery.

Read more…

Tags | , ,

13

May
2015

No Comments

In CG Layout

By Steve Leeper

CG Layout: Scriptorium Part 1-Modeling

On 13, May 2015 | No Comments | In CG Layout | By Steve Leeper

I’m finally getting around to posting on CG Layout!  I’ve been wanting to get this post up for a while but explaining the process can be a tad complicated.

CG SCRIPTORIUM_07

CG SCRIPTORIUM_09

Read more…

Tags | , , ,

The “Do” Behind the Dew Drops

On 20, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Scene Set-up | By Bridget Muntzing

For the fourth shot of the film (the first actual stop-motion shoot) celebrating the details in nature plays a huge part in helping to shape the world Br. Thomas lives in.  Dew drops seemed the perfect element to establish scale and that early morning feel . . . which is harder than it might first appear!

BUGS_Dew Drop1400w Read more…

Tags | ,

06

Apr
2015

No Comments

In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

Building a Caterpillar: Part 2

On 06, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

So here are some pictures that catalog the caterpillar’s progression “through the lens” of the camera.

Starting with the original storyboard image to paper mock-ups and rough models, right through to the finished puppet.

Read more…

Tags | , ,

01

Apr
2015

No Comments

In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

Building a Caterpillar: Part 1

On 01, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

Building a caterpillar to look directly into the camera lens is tricky business.

This is also the first stop-mo shot we’ll be producing and the forth to show up in the film.  What happens in this shot sets the tone for the rest of the film.

CATERPILLAR3b-LeafTHM800w

Read more…

Tags | , ,

20

Mar
2015

No Comments

In Scene Set-up

By Steve Leeper

Up Close and Personal: Evolution of a Macro Set for Stop Motion

On 20, Mar 2015 | No Comments | In Scene Set-up | By Steve Leeper

Over the past few weeks Katy Seymour and I have been working in front of the camera with plastic plants, paper cut-outs, and a variety of materials to pull off the feel of macro photography.

SET04_400w

The film opens with a handful of super close-up nature shots to give a heightened sense of detail, making us feel like everything is magnified x10.

SET04b_400w

Read about Katy below and pick up more on our process by clicking on the production images. Read more…

Tags | , ,

17

Mar
2015

One Comment

In Concept Art

By Steve Leeper

Color Script: Tracking the Emotional Arc of the Film

On 17, Mar 2015 | One Comment | In Concept Art | By Steve Leeper

This spring Abi Freeland has been working closely with me on color scripting the Br. Thomas film and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!

The Color Script is a road map for the entire production.  Once complete it will ensure that lighting and set designs for each shot will play to the larger emotional themes in the film.

COLOR SCRIPT_THMB-400w

This is an early snapshot of the role color plays in Br. Thomas.  You can see from below how far we’ve come in just a few short weeks.  Which means there will be plenty to post in the future!

COLOR SCRIPT_THMB-BW400w

A huge thanks to Josh Addessi who’s been chiming in to keep us headed in the right direction.

Read more…

Tags | , , ,

15

Mar
2015

No Comments

In Concept Art

By Steve Leeper

Scriptorium Design: The Grand Mural

On 15, Mar 2015 | No Comments | In Concept Art | By Steve Leeper

A major design element in the film is the “Grand Mural” that is eventually unveiled in the final scene.  It is the major source of light in the scriptorium and central to the look and feel of the room.

GRAND MURAL01-400w

This first image is my original drawing of the Madonna, the Christ child and the stained glass saints as Br. Thomas encounters them in his daily routine.

GRAND MURAL03-400w

This second image is concept art by my friend Michael Spooner.  Not only does Michael’s drawing open up the space cinematically but it also gives us an idea of how the final unveiling will eventually effect the interior space of the scriptorium.  Read more…

Tags | , ,

13

Mar
2015

One Comment

In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

3D Masks Part 3: 3D Laser Scanning

On 13, Mar 2015 | One Comment | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

Getting the physical castings of the Br. Thomas’ mask and head base into the digital environment is the job of our 3D laser scanner.  Looks very sci-fi doesn’t it?

BT_ScanThmb2-225w copy

Once fully scanned into the digital environment budding CG Artist/Technician Alex will have to retopologize the mesh.  That’s CG geek talk for rearranging the wireframe from a strict honeycomb-like structure into something that will facilitate bending and sculpting for our animated expressions. . . but that’s at least a whole other post.

Read more…

Tags | , , , ,