Brother Thomas Film
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.
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…
Here’s the second part of the Scriptorium sequence, which means I’m done with the first act!!…for now anyways. It will be a relief to get Thomas outside and focus more on story than atmosphere.
Boarding the first act in the Scriptorium has been much more involved than I first anticipated. Mostly because the story slows down to take in a richness of atmosphere, introduce the characters and showcase certain details in the space. I’ve spent a lot of time working out lighting issues, exploring a graphic quality for the stained glass, and creating some depth for that atmospheric richness to play out in. It’s a long sequence so I’ve broken it into two separate postings.
I hope to have part 2 up by the end of the week!
If you click on the 8 panel image you can see the entire story sequence.
Click on the image above to see full story panel.
This is another short sequence of panels that gives you a pretty good idea of how things pace out. This sequence is at the center of the scene where the dragonfly invades the sacred space of the scriptorium and toys with each of the glass characters. It seems that the infant Christ-child is the only one who really appreciates the joke.