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27

Jun
2011

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In Brother Thomas

By Steve Leeper

Stained Glass Apostles

On 27, Jun 2011 | No Comments | In Brother Thomas | By Steve Leeper

Here’s a sequence of images that I’ve been working on.  I find I’m doing more character design than actual storyboarding lately but I guess it all needs to get done at some point.  These are the Apostles that flank the right side of the Madonna and Child.  Eventually they will represent the specific apostles. They are far from being final but in general I’m liking the direction they’re headed.

Click on the detail below to see the full sequence.

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22

Jun
2011

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In Brother Thomas
Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Silhouette

On 22, Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | In Brother Thomas, Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

Here’s a short storyboard sequence that I like a lot.  Michael Spooner suggested we go for a silhouette on this shot and it really stands out.  It gives a nice break from the otherwise thick atmosphere of the room.

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20

Jun
2011

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In Brother Thomas

By Steve Leeper

Scriptorium

On 20, Jun 2011 | No Comments | In Brother Thomas | By Steve Leeper

I’m still working through the boards in the first scriptorium sequence but I keep getting drawn into some of the more involved tonal sketches to get a better feeling for the space.   While it’s seriously slowing down my progress on the boards I’m finding all sorts of visual possibilities within the space (lighting, composition, etc.).  This shot represents Thomas’ entry into what’s considered to be an extremely holy place.  It rests at the center of Thomas’ world  and is a space that he fears, respects… and longs to be more at home in.

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14

Jun
2011

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In Brother Thomas

By Steve Leeper

Madonna and Child-Tonal Study

On 14, Jun 2011 | No Comments | In Brother Thomas | By Steve Leeper

As I’m trying to work out the space for the scriptorium I had to work up some tonal studies to establish the mood in the room.  While this is probably a far cry from what the finished design of the stained glass will look like I thought the tonal study was quite striking….back to the storyboards.

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08

Jun
2011

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In Brother Thomas
Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

More Storyboards-Entering the Cathedral

On 08, Jun 2011 | 10 Comments | In Brother Thomas, Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

So this is the space Br. Thomas walks through every day on his way to work.  If you can’t tell from the images (but I hope you can) he feels a little out of place in such a beautiful and austere environment.

The challenge for me in these boards has been to establish a somber tone to the scene and create an almost overwhelming expansiveness to the space.  I really want Br. Thomas to feel small and insignificant in the shear weight of all the beauty, history and religiosity.  Light and shadow have a lot to do with this as well.  The church fathers are merely stone monuments but for Thomas the long shadows they cast only serve to increase his already heightened sense of not belonging.

If you click on the 8 panel image you can see the entire story sequence.

 

17

May
2011

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In Brother Thomas
Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Storyboards-Off to Work

On 17, May 2011 | 7 Comments | In Brother Thomas, Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

It’s sooooo nice to get back to work on this after a crazy three weeks of wrapping the semester.  I’m still trying to figure out just how much of my preliminary work to post…and when. I’m posting the first completed sequence of storyboards (completed for now anyways).

This is the third scene in the film in which Br. Thomas  is headed off to work.  It is his first encounter with the dragonfly…who is about to make a mess of his tidy little life.  I’ve had the overview of the story written for almost a decade so you can imagine how exciting it is for me to see these shots emerge.

The story itself isn’t changing but with each new story panel there comes new layers of ideas and meaning.   The biggest change in this sequence is the addition of the animals.  I realized the action was moving forward too quickly to properly introduce the main characters.  They also serve as a great prelude to the second act where these animals are joined by there friends to help Brother Thomas celebrate his day of unabashed epiphany.

If you click on the 8 panel image you can see the entire story sequence.

24

Mar
2011

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In Reference

By Steve Leeper

Cathedral Reference

On 24, Mar 2011 | One Comment | In Reference | By Steve Leeper

Thought I’d post some of my research results.  I’ve spent the last couple weeks looking for a cathedral I could begin to base Br. Thomas on.  Among all sorts of amazing imagery (that I’ll post in weeks to come) is the Wells Cathedral in Somerset England…I may just have to go and visit. 🙂   While Br. Thomas’ cathedral is much humbler than this landmark cathedral I love the Gothic elements and the sense of materials in the images I’ve posted below.  Wood, stone, and marble are still very present despite their elevated stature.  The last two images are from the Etienne Cathedral in France and the Magdalen in Italy.  Both gorgeous in their own right.

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If your interested in more images of the Wells Cathedral you can go here.

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04

Mar
2011

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In Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Story Beats-Act 3

On 04, Mar 2011 | No Comments | In Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

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This is the third and last installment of the story beats.  Brother Thomas wakes up in a field and finds that once again he is late for work AFTER blowing off the entire day before.  With great trepidation he makes his way past the august aisle of statues, up the stairs, and into the scriptorium….

You probably can’t tell from the beats exactly what happens next but you’ll just have to wait until I can board it.  In the meantime enjoy the pictures and the next time I post it will be with a first draft of the storyboards from the first act.

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18

Feb
2011

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In Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Story Beats-Act 2

On 18, Feb 2011 | No Comments | In Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

 

Even though the story arc for Br. Thomas is firmly in place the second act leaves lots of room for development.

Basically Thomas blows off work that day and finds great joy as he celebrates his freedom with the animals, which ends in a moment of epiphany.  From there he sits down to reflect, observe, and record what he has experienced.  He paints late into the evening, changing his palette as the light changes, and finishing his work lit by shafts of moonlight filtering through the trees.

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As you can see from the beats I have plenty to flesh out.

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04

Feb
2011

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In Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Story Beats-act 1

On 04, Feb 2011 | One Comment | In Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

I’m coming to realize that I can’t simultaneously post finished images AND move the Br. Thomas project forward (not while having a family-life and keeping my day-job).  So for the time being this blog becomes a forum for posting works in progress.BEAT BOARDS_PG 1c-1400W

Here’ a page of rough beats for the first act.  This hits the major story points and starts to give some sense of cinematography and pacing to the piece.  I can’t wait to start refining these images and start filling in what happens between the beats.

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