Friday, 27 January 2017

From Script to Screen | Step Outline (Redo)

Camera shows an advertisement for a play, hammered into a wall, which only portrays the leading woman

Cuts to close-up of the woman’s face. Camera draws back to show her lying dead on the floor (hair matted with blood) and a bloodied bludgeon beside her

Cuts to younger woman running out of the room and slamming door shut behind her. Close-up of her snapping a padlock shut on the door’s lock

Cuts to OTS shot from the detectives’ perspective of the young woman performing on-stage (he is sat very close to the stage which is slightly raised)

CU side-on of detective looking down at a flyer which shows the murdered woman as the lead role. 

ECU side-on of the detective looking back up at the stage quizzically

ECU of blood splatters on the actress’ ankle

Detective stands suddenly

Cuts to detective walking backstage, past the lead actress’s door and entering the understudy’s dressing room

ECU of silver key as detective walks over to it

CU of detective pulling key up to eye-level

Cuts to a long hallway with an old door at the end (looks as though it is never used) and detective peaks his head round a corner, looking either side down the hallway then noticing the door.

Detective quickly walks out and towards the door

ECU of detective putting key in padlock which clicks open

CU of the dead woman with the door opening in the background as the detective sees the body

Cut to black

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Animation and Character | Weight Sketches


Film Review | 'La Jetée' (1962)

From Script to Screen | OGR 1

From Script to Screen | Step Outline (Edited)

Camera pans from notice board full of newspaper clippings to Bennett

Bennett hears about latest murder and goes to the Andromeda Theatre

Bennett enters theatre and walks down the aisle to the dead body

Bennett notices the number ‘7’ drawn on the victims’ chest and a padlock pierced through the skin, then checks the back which has ‘Pl.’ inscribed

Bennett talks to himself as he leaves the theatre and remembers Frank Kinney said he would help

Cuts to the morgue as Kinney is reading the last of the padlocks

Bennett writes g7nKis’ then draws a line through it. Then he checks the morgue ledger and rewrites ‘7 Kings’ before adding ‘Pl.’

Cuts to Bennett stepping out of Hansom Cab then pans up to Locksmith’s Shop

Bennett walks up the steps and puts his hand on the door

Screen jumps to black


Bell above the door can be heard ringing, and then the door shuts loudly

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

From Script to Screen | Step Outline (Edited)

*camera shows notice board filled with newspaper clippings, then pans to Bennett putting latest murder file into cold case folder*

Joseph Kane informs Bennett of the latest murder which took place at the Andromeda Theatre

Bennett hurriedly throws his coat and scarf on

Bennett arrives at the Andromeda with police standing guard around the entrance and enters

He steps into the theatre, holding the door open for the leaving 3 Police Detectives (who give him disgusted and quizzical looks as they pass)

Bennett walks down the aisle to the dead body

Bennett takes off his coat and scarf, laying them over a chair on the other side of the aisle, then turns back to the body while pulling up his shirt sleeves past his elbows. He lowers his body to get a better look at the victim who is slouched in the chair, with his head leant over the back

Bennett notices a silver padlock pierced through the flesh on the man’s chest

Bennett pulls on black gloves and gently moves the padlock to see the back

Bennett pulls a pad and pencil out of his breast pocket and jots down the number ‘7’

Bennett throws his coat back on and rushes to the lobby

Bennett uses a telephone and calls Kane

Kane picks up

Bennett asks for info on the other padlock inscriptions

Kane flicks through files and tells Bennett to visit Frank Kinney, the Pathologist

Bennett “You think he’ll help?”

Kane “I’m sure. He seems to have taken a bit of a shine to you”

*cuts to Kinney reading last padlock in morgue*

Bennett writes 'gPnKl.is'

Bennett reads morgue ledger who writes letters again in correct order: 'Kings Pl.' then adds '7'

*cuts to Bennett stepping out of Hansom Cab*

Bennett looks at locksmiths shop

He calmly walks up the few steps, stops for a moment and puts his hand on the door

*screen jumps to black*

The bell above the door can be heard ringing, and then the door shuts loudly

Sunday, 15 January 2017

From Script to Screen | Character Notes

1906 | London 

Private Detective James Bennett, 24 (long black wool coat (or suit jacket), mid-tone red scarf, white shirt, dark grey waistcoat, dark grey suit trousers, navy blue tie, mahogany leather shoes, average height and slim, slightly pale with rather pink cheeks, short black hair with a curled fringe, neat black eyebrows, hazel eyes, strong nose, full lips, smooth slightly indented cheeks, strong wide jaw, wears timepiece in vest pocket)

Private Detective Joseph Kane, Bennett’s mentor, 53 (wooden crutch, charcoal suit jacket, white shirt, charcoal waistcoat, charcoal suit trousers, black tie, black slip-on shoes, short and stocky, red-faced, thick grey hair that doesn’t quite lay flat, bushy dark grey eyebrows, brown eyes, weak/flat yet wide nose, small mouth, round-faced, short and fat fingers, relatively small eyes, large grey moustache which curls at either end)


Frank Kinney, Pathologist, 55 (white shirt (rolled up sleeves), navy blue waistcoat, navy blue suit trousers, plain mid-dark-toned purple tie, small spectacles (worn at the end of the nose), black slip-on shoes, tall and sinewy, pale, swept back dark brown greying hair, naturally neat dark eyebrows, dark brown eyes, a relatively large/long nose, small mouth with pursed lips, angular cheekbones, long bony fingers)


Kinney works in the police morgue but helps Bennett when he can. Worked with Kane in the past and got to know Bennett whom he took a shine to.

From Script to Screen | Step Outline

Joseph Kane informs Bennett of the latest murder which took place at the Andromeda Theatre

Bennett hurriedly throws his coat and scarf on before walking hurriedly but it stopped by Kane who warns him to not let this killer get away just as Bennett’s first case did.

Bennett arrives at the Andromeda with police standing guard around the entrance

Bennett enters without need to inform them of his position

Walks into a bright chandeliered lobby and past the entrance counter (which is backed by a wall that has openings at either end) and then steps into the theatre, holding the door open for the leaving 3 Police Detectives (who give him disgusted and quizzical looks as they pass)

Bennett walks to the aisle to the approximate centre of the theatre where the dead body is

Bennett takes off his coat and scarf, laying them over a chair on the other side of the aisle, then turns back to the body while pulling up his shirt sleeves past his elbows. 

He lowers his body to get a better look at the victim who is slouched in the chair, with his head leant over the back

Bennett notices a silver padlock pierced through the flesh on the man’s chest

Bennett pulls on black gloves and gently moves the padlock to see the back

Bennett pulls a pad and pencil out of his breast pocket and jots down the number ‘7’

Bennett throws his coat back on and rushes out of the theatre

He arrives back at his offices and quickly flicks through the previous murder files

Kane limps over to the door to Bennett’s office and asks “Found anything new?”

Bennett “Do we have any files on the inscriptions found on the back of the padlocks?”

Kane “I’m not sure. If they’re not in there…” nods over to case file “… go make a visit down to Frank Kinney. He’ll still have everything down there”

Bennett “You think he’ll help?”

Kane “I’m sure. He seems to have taken a bit of a shine to you”

Bennet leaves his office

*cuts to Kinney pulling the last body out of refrigeration unit*

Kinney opened all body bags related to case and leans in closer while muttering

Bennett checks each padlock and jots down letters – ‘g P n K l. i s’ – then shows Kinney, asking what it means

Kinney wonders why P and K are capitals and why l. has a full stop

Bennett asks what order the bodies came in

Kinney checks ledger and reads the peoples’ names out in order while Bennett writes each letter correctly – ‘KingsPl.’

Bennett realises it’s a street name located in Central London and links it to the latest clue: ‘7’

Bennett immediately leaves after thanking Kinney

Bennett jumps into a Hansom Cab and says where to go (dawn)

Bennett arrives at Kings Place and pulls up at number 7

Bennett stops in front of the locksmiths shop and smirks

He calmly walks up the few steps, stops for a moment and puts his hand on the door

*screen jumps to black*

The bell above the door can be heard ringing, and then the door shuts loudly





I definitely need to cut all of this down for it to be under two minutes. I'll most likely do this by cutting out so much dialogue and instead having Bennett work more out on his own. I may also have more jump cuts between locations as opposed to showing characters entering and leaving as quickening the pace this way may also create a better viewing experience.

From Script to Screen | Logline

James Bennett, a young Private Detective, must catch the notorious serial murderer; ‘The Padlock Killer’ before he strikes again. The similarities between this case and his first, which he failed, act as an impassable mental wall, causing Bennett to use everything in his arsenal to bring the madman to justice.

From Script to Screen | Premise

A young Private Detective is reminded of his first failure as he follows hot on the trail of notorious serial murderer: ‘The Padlock Killer’.

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Character Design Workshop - Lesson 1 | Donkey


Saturday, 14 January 2017

From Script to Screen Idea

I found that the best way to explain this idea without going through the story step-by-step was to write it as a Logline:

James Bennett, a young Private Detective, must catch the notorious serial murderer; ‘The Padlock Killer’ before he strikes again. The similarities between this case and his first, which he failed, act as an impassable mental wall, causing Bennett to use everything in his arsenal to bring the madman to justice.

The killer uses a padlock as his signature, either attaching it to his victims in some way or piercing it through their skin.
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I'm not too sure how I'd go about ending it, though. I feel that to fit it into a 2 minute animation, it might be a good idea to end it with the detective just having pieced the clues together and, with a gasp and perhaps a click of the fingers, the screen jumps to black. Although would that be a bit of a disappointing point to end it? 

I also think that it being similar to his first failed case may not be enough of a reason for the viewers to side with him. Should the case instead link to something more personal and if so, what?

On top of that, I'm not too sure what evidence he could discover that helps him figure out the case. I'm currently thinking that each of the victims' padlocks had something inscribed on them as the killer wanted to be found, and the inscriptions only made sense when pieced together with the latest padlock, but I'm not sure what could be inscribed on them. If you guys have any other ideas on the evidence, let me know :)


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Maya Tutorial - Pitch Shot

Maya Tutorial - Roll Shot

Soundscapes | Images


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1 - I thought this image looked lonely and dark, and could imagine it pulsing lightly with the sound reverberating in the emptiness around it. I also feel that a slight hum from a light or another electrical appliance might work well as an auditory aspect to the brightness of the object.

2 - The second image reminds me a lot of a mixture between a deep-sea jellyfish and a human cell, causing me to imagine some underwater sounds with some bubbling and pulsing as well as a deep, yet somewhat faint heartbeat-like sound.

3 - The final image looks very natural to me, almost like windswept grass on a flat plain, which instantly made me think of the Mongolian Steppes. For this, I imagine grass blowing in the wind as well as other natural sounds (maybe birds tweeting, grasshoppers, a running river?).


I need to add more aspects to each of these to create more interest and less monotony. I expect I'll discover a fair amount while exploring and editing what I record but any input would help a lot

From Script to Screen | Words

Private Detective

Theatre

Padlock