Brother Thomas Film
Finally the moment the story has been building to. Br. Thomas finds himself face to face with the Dragonfly. . . one by one the animals join him. A moment of flurry and the Dragonfly leads them all in a celebratory romp through the hills.
The image of Thomas releasing the Dragonfly is the first picture that showed up in my head before there was ever a story to accompany it. If you’ll notice it’s the moment captured in the makette I sculpted years ago.
If you click on the 4 panel image you can see the entire story sequence.
If you click on the 8 panel image you can see the entire story sequence.
This scene marks the beginning of Brother Thomas’ day of epiphany as the dragonfly leads him further from the path and deeper into the wonders of the natural landscape. Shot after shot, image after image, Brother Thomas’ eyes are opened to new revelations at every turn. At this point his only response is to simply drink it all in.
I’m trying to capture a more playful version of that sense of awe that Thomas has as he enters the scriptorium. At the same time I want to play up the trickster role of the dragonfly teasing the animals in the same way that he was jesting with the Saints.
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.
As you can see from the beats I have plenty to flesh out.
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