Brother Thomas Film
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.
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!
A huge thanks to Josh Addessi who’s been chiming in to keep us headed in the right direction.
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.
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.
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…
One of the questions I’ve been asking myself for a while now is “what does stained glass look like when it animates?” My good friend/motion graphics artist Aaron Deal has been helping me figure that out. For the past few weeks Aaron has been working on variations for the “Madonna and Child” sequence in After Effects.
Aaron was one of our early graduates from the animation department at HU. Aaron currently works as a motion graphics artist in Indianapolis.
Click here to read more about team that’s coming together to make The Temptation of Brother Thomas.
A special thanks to Natalie Lombard and Cathy Strokosch for hosting two separate “Get to Know Br. Thomas” evenings in the Chicago area. Besides the great food and warm company I was able to pitch the story-so-far to two groups of people who’s insight on art, film, and faith I highly respect. I came away from both evenings exhilarated, encouraged and challenged. Who could have asked for more!
One highlight of the first evening was that Michael Spooner brought some concept sketches of the cathedral that I had not seen before. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see elements of this story come alive in the hands of someone like Michael. The fact that he does these drawings with such apparent ease only makes them that much more brilliant!
Here are three that stand out. You can click on the details to see the full image.
1. One of the 8 to 10 statues of the Church Fathers whose gaze Thomas passes under everyday on his way to work. They are not animated in the film but the shadows they cast weigh heavily on Thomas as he slips by them, usually late, on his way to the scriptorium. The lighting and scale that Michael introduces in this drawing sets the tone perfectly!
2. This is Thomas running up the stairs. This angle didn’t exist in the boards previously but you can be sure that it will in the future.
3. This is the doorway that Thomas goes through to enter the stairwell. Kind of a service entrance to the scriptorium