Over the the Christmas holidays we all had some homework to do. Storyboards, photos for a project on marks & traces and my essay. On the plus side, this made me feel young again, and that I was ported back into my youth. It also gave my brain some exercise after all the booze and Xmas food.
The project consisted of creating, drawing and mounting up three A1 storyboards based on a five minute event in your life.
After using brainstorming strategies, I finally chose the event of my engagement as it’s a wonderful experience for us.
The storyboards were to be shown in three different ways of which one was the event, one focusing on the light and the other signifiying sounds. The use of materials or medium was left up to yours truly, so I went for one of my favourite style of a comic book format, in black & white and then mounted on black card as I found this effective.
My main influence for this project was Frank Miller of whom has such a powerful unique style for his graphic novels. Even though my engagement story didn’t go along the lines of Sin City, I had his superb use of angles and view points in mind as well as his strong, bold comic images.
Frank Millers amazing works are often distinguished by his fine contrast between the use of black and white with a small section of red in places to bring out certain points of interest. As these combined together, it really gives a dramatic visual impact. I was originally going to have this same effect for my storyboards, as a tribute to his style, but after I drew out all my storyboards I figured that it might be too dramatic for what my projects subject.
The Event- focussing on clarity of the story and how it would fit.
Sound – Focussing on sounds of St Ives- seagulls, seashore, seaside village atmosphere. More realistic in style than the other two- this was to have a ‘comic book’ feel.
Light- Focussing on reflections/ glass/ crystals. Both this, and the event storyboard were to be more abstract.
Even though I’m proud of all three, I did find developing them taxing! My personal favourite was the second board, based on sound, as I liked the different viewpoint filming from a birds eye view could allow. If I were to have more time to improve I would firstly add more shading into the pictures – blocks of black or textured shading could make the images stand out more. A second improvement I’m tempted to add would be to add red hints- but I feel that this may mimic Frank Miller too much! I might trial adding green or blue to these, as they might add to the atmosphere.
My next post will be on the second project we were set over Xmas- Traces!