Thursday, 1 December 2011

A few low budget uncanny horror films

Here we can see the 1977 film "The Uncanny", which is about how Cat's are evil supernatural beings who are actually able to control the world around them for their own advantage. It is said in the movie that Cat's are said to be the Devil in disguise, a notion which can refer to the concept of a Witches black Cat.

The Cat's seem to take revenge on the people who get in the way of their Masters or themselves, whenever something stands in their way they stop at nothing to put thing's back the way they want it.

Amusingly, sticking with this subject of evil Cat's I found a more modern Korean film entitled "The Cat's" which again conveys Cat's as an evil source of influence and power. It has a lot of comparisons to the film "The Uncanny", feels more paced and jumpy which is more than enough to put you off your little feline friend for good. It is jumpy and full of good attempts at building anticipation.

This film throws together the slightly quirky, uncanny elements of the above films, however puts the audience into the first person perspective that The Blair Witch Project does. Grave encounters is set within an abandoned Mental Hospital that is reported to have paranormal activity occurring within so a young team of enthusiastic investigators decide to go out and discover the truth for themselves. In the film it is said this was the "last episode of the series" from the team that was never aired to the public for 6 year's... until now. Just like in the group project, films like this could really help to show the simple nature of uncanny scares that this group project should aim for. It is easy to approach the film using footage in this way as it can be done requiring less of an extravagent storyline and large amount of characters.

Group project update: 01 December 2011

As many have been aware this project seemed to take a slow start, communication being an issue which slumped the structure of the team into no man's land - a chaotic mess of not knowing where to turn or fire. The way in which this has been overcome was by finally pulling together, discussing this issue with a firm agreement to the concept we need to perform together more to help keep the work flow more consistent and so we feel in full mind with knowledge in what we are creating.

I believe it is important to note that we are now a man down as unfortunately Matt Munday has decided to leave the course entirely, we wish him luck in his future endeavours.

As a result of this, the work load has been revised over and brought down to a more realistic if not better project overall. We plan to keep within our genre playing feild of Film Noir and Horror, yet approaching with less vagueness about the storyline, giving the audience an idea of why the characters are in their situation and then throwing out suspensive moments from within the film. This should leave the audience with a "feel" for the films pursuit which as a whole should play on their mind and anticipate them to want to see more.

To make this project less work than it currently is we have also decided to narrow down the amount of characters to two. This has in some way's morphed the storyline into a more lonely, dread filled horrorific atmosphere which makes it easier to meet our deadline plus deliver a better feeling peice overall. The original script had the characters searching for the girl while she is in the proccess of actively commiting such acts, now it is one character searching for the girl after she has commited multiple acts of evil, almost as if this is more so an investigation into a Demonic haunting.

We have decided to keep our opening shot of the "Dectective" with his breif monoluge to inform the audience into why the Detective must go to the School and what the issue around the little Girl is about. It will go into the School via a headline on a newspaper, in which the Headline will further help the audience to grasp the concept of the overall plot. The camera will zoom into the picture of the High School, which will "come to life" as a scene where the trailer will start to take place within the grounds of the School under the intense, uncanny enviroment that the Girl lurks within. It is from this moment that we suddenly feel more alone and under the watchful eye of an evil, chilling character which turns the genre from Noir to Horror pretty quickly.

Chris and Dave
Freemind Animations

3D Set Design Progress

Initial Street Scene

The establishing shot of our trailer. It needs to establish our theme and get peoples attention, so I've tried to make it quite grand in scale and the camera angle is off at an angle much like a number of shots from Touch of Evil and various other Film Noirs. The idea is that the camera starts low down by a man hole and rises with steam up towards the detectives window.

Early school corridor progress

Much more to do here, reference has been built up now, This scene will be used in various forms to depict different areas of the school, change of prop here, different texture there.

School entrance for establishing shot.

Yet More progress on the street scene, this has been held up on account of my computer crashing, but its just about getting back to what it was, I've since been saving after every tiny tweak I make, my computers deceptive, it hasn't crashed in some time.

As you can see, the scenes getting there and the more I model, the easier it becomes to build as many features can be used over and over such as windows, fire escapes, lamp posts, you get the idea.

Once modeled to a fair degree I think we ought to texture these using line drawings, and image planes, we can then experiment with camera moves, thus making both our storyboard and pre-vis, once these aspects are resolved we can then take the textures we have already created and refine them, add any features we feel necessary after closer scrutiny and replace character image planes with fully modeled  and rigged characters

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Hey guys, its Chris. I have a good feeling about the way this project could go, however we really need to pick it up - not saying what we have contributed together or what we have done is bad at all but I mean we need to work together as a team more, theres an unjust amount of work as a result. Some peices of work even still remain unseen due to an unorganised flow of desicions. We need to change this laid back attitude FAST - we have 8 weeks left. So far this project has been pretty sporadic overall when it comes to attending get togethers, I think we can count the amount of times we have got together on one hand and for 10 weeks in thats not good!

I have organised a meeting with the tutors to discuss our position and to give us job roles and to help analyse our current progression with the unit.

All the best

Thursday, 3 November 2011

research, Influences and Script Revisal

(Work in progress, Pictures to be included and text will be revised slightly, script revisal will be elaborated on)

Selected Title: High School Revenge

When restricted to the 40's, 50's and 60's this title is quite difficult to work with when you consider that the more familiar high school revenge horrors did not really come into fruition untill the 70's, 'Carrie, 1976' seems to be the primer that got things firing. Then throughout the 80s and 90s there is a wealth of material to work with. I think one of our biggest problems was trying to link our ideas together. We knew almost from the offset that we wanted the piece to be aesthetically influenced by the 50's but we also wanted a more stylized and nuanced story arc than this period would typically allow us as far as the realms of horror are concerned. At the time Hammer movies were still big and the horror genre was quite campy in the majority of cases. This is where our selected theme and the choice of a Film Noir aesthetic and overtones really helped us to start piecing together fragments to create something new that should give the nostalgic feeling of a film from the past if done just right.

Selected Theme: One foot in the Past and one foot in the future
We have decided to create a film noir, set in the early 1950s and heavily influenced by films that fall within the Film Noir time bracket. This is our one foot in the past. Trying to think of our foot in the future the best examples I can think of are the films of Quentin Tarentino, such as 'Pulp Fiction, 1994', 'Jackie Brown, 1997', 'Kill Bill, 2003' and 'Death Proof, 2007'. Post Modern pastiches that are lovingly representing popular genres of past decades. We see our film as an amalgamation of various genres from the 40's and 50's, so the look of the film would be of the same ilk as a Film Noir, yet the themes would explore popular ideas in psychoanalysis that were included in films such as 'The Bad Seed, 1956' and 'Forbidden Planet, 1951'. We have elements hinting at Demonic Possesion within the trailer, a theme covered in 'The Uninvited, 1944' and which has been a prevalant idea in society ever since the creation of the New Testament. We have also talked about the girl being a communist research experiment, a literal representation of the Alien invasion metaphors used so heavily in films such as 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956'. If we could make the film in its entirety, these themes would really act as Macguffins seeing as the girls powers would never really be explained thus adding to the Film Noir Mystique. The fact that this trailer would act as a loving pastiche means that we can also add element such as the detective monologues in the same vein as the pulp fiction of the time, although this was not used commonly in the actual Film Noir movies it is a trend that has been popularized by more contemporary writers such as Alan Moore and Frank Miller. This helps to cement one foot more firmly into the future, which is our present admittedly. Another possible advantage to this pastiche format is that we would be able to touch upon themes that were deemed too offensive by the Hays codes standards, which is exactly what Film Noir films were attempting to do in the first place although we're not too concerned with doing this as suggestion is a tool that will only strengthen the authenticity of the Film Noir aesthetic.

Film Noir definition and Origin:

Film Noir is a genre which began in the 1930s and continued on untill 1958 with the release of Touch of Evil, considered by many to be the last true Film Noir. It is a French term meaning black film first applied to Hollywood films by the French critic Nino Frank in 1946. It is believed that the aesthetic of these films was derived from German Expressionism and the themes are generally pessimistic and dark, most often looking at the subject of crime and punishment, E.g. Gangsters and world weary Detectives. Often the protaganist would be battling against a force that seems to be much bigger than they are and these often overwhelm them. Themes of being trapped and helpless are common within the Film Noir genre. The term was not widely used amongst critics until the early 1970s.



The Bad Seed 1956

The performance of the little girl is fantastic, this is where the aesthetic look for our little girl came from, The Bad Seed was a revolutionary film acting as a catalist for many demonic girl premises that came later. This film was an adaptation of a play and the script is almost word for word the same. The film explores pychological themes of nature and nurture.

Forbidden Planet 1951

The one aspect of this film that really relates to what we want to do is the seperate manifestaion of the Id, the idea that someone could be responsible for all manner of chaos and not be aware that they are responsible or held directly accountable for what is happening.

Carrie 1976
A girl at high school is ridiculed for her peculiar ways and ruled over by her mothers fundamentalist Christian values, yet nobody knows including herself, that she has powerful supernatural powers, the wonderful aspect of this film is that you never find out for sure where her powers stem from, is it a demonic power of just telepathy? Its the strong religious overtones of the film that are provided by the mother are what make the audience feel that she may be demonic.

The Exorcist 1973

A film about the exorcism of a little girl. For our trailer we want to create the impression that the girl is possessed but ultimately this would be a misconception, what the girl actually is really isnt a concern for us although we would probably place emphasis on freudian theory as many 50s films are rife with this subject matter.


Touch of Evil 1958
Considered to be the last true film noir, Touch of evil has an aesthetic that is exactly what we want to capture. Black and white and tilted camera angles.

CG Style

The Incredibles 2004

When considering how our piece should look I think we all agreed that a characature style would be best, obviously last year Jordan picked up on 'Backwater Gospel' and it was tempting to look at that for our inspiration this time round, but we think the incredibles is a good, polished example of the same approach. Obviously we dont expect to be quite as sophisticated but the idea that our detective would have a Jaw like a sledge hammer, or our little girl would have eyes that take up over half of her head really do appeal. Its really either that or realism and we dont really feel that realism is a choice at all if we want this piece to possess any charm.

StoryBoard for Trailer and Synopsis:

Our synopsis and script for the trailer up untill now really have not expressed these themes enough and what we have is a much more modern premise that needs to be altered slighty. The trailer really has more dialogue then we can fit into the trailer. Too much of the story is given away by the fact that we have events running in an almost chronological order, at the moment its less a trailer designed to sell the film than it is our story in a nutshell with the climax cut off the end. It also does not illustrate the theme that we want to as its in full colour and theres not really anything that makes this a Film Noir other than the fact that theres a detective going up against overwhelming odds, but stylistically its lacking something.

Here are some revisals that I believe will help to assert this piece more effectively:

New idea for opening scene:

Our opening narrative for the trailer would be the detective doing a monologue in the style of pulp fiction classics. Our first scene would be the stereotypical sucking on a cigarette in a gloomy detectives office, blinds in the back and a fan light. Hes looking over newspaper articles and photos as he recounts his story. The camera passes over the headlines and clippings as the monologue goes on:

Scene: Detectives Office, camera pans down from ceiling fan to the detective sitting smoking. Cut to Close up of lips pulling on the cigarette.

Detectives Monologue (in a gruff voice): "New South Acres, 1953, I was called in to investigate a series of deaths at the local high school...

(camera pans across a papers headline on the desk, WILL THE TRAGEDY NEVER END, accompanied by a photo of the school.)

Detectives Monologue: ...The local polices attempts made them about as popular as Truman, They obviously couldnt stand the heat...

(Camera carries on down to another headline, LOCAL PARENTS DEMAND ACTION.) 'Truman was the American president who had to step down in 1952, he was not very popular at the time and is noted for using the expression "If you cant stand the heat than get out of the kitchen." This feels like a very Film Noir expression.

Detectives Monologue: ... A Girl, Abagail Turner had been implecated, all pig tails and eyes in an overgrown sweater...

(Camera pans down and we see the photo in his hand hovering over the desk of clippings)

Detectives Monologue: ... I thought they must be crazy...

(Cut to MS of detective taking another drag of the cigarette whilst holding the photo, than camera cuts back to the photo of the school on the first paper and gradually pans in.)

Detectives Monologue: ...How was I to know"...
(Photo of school fills the screen and a flash of lightning fills the screen, to mask transition into realtime shot, its raining and the school bell rings)

Notes for the following shots:

Our shot of the school should be gloomy and rain beaten so it is more indicative of the Film Noir genre.

The following shot in the canteen where the girl is tripped up should take place in a corridor with lockers, this means we get away with less extras, less props, one less set and we'll still get the same effect if not better, the sparseness of the scenes will add to the eerie feel. Film Noir is more about atmosphere than authenticity.

We can also shoot the following scene where she runs to the toilet crying in the same set at a different angle

The following shot in the toilet with the mirror is good, only we should emphasize her fear at seeing her darker reflection.

The next scene would be the science teacher seeing Abagail doodling in her book, the doodle shows a boy who tripped her up in a pool of what appears to be blood, again this doesnt have to be in class, she might drop her book in a hallway as he walks past.

Scene of girl falling down stairs, Preist/school counciler sees what happens and asks her to come to his office,establishing shot of outside the door, then we're inside as he grabs her head and compells demons to vacate her, camera cuts back outside the door, we hear her scream and a bright light fills the window and makes it crack.

MS of Principal sitting at desk, "students have been going missing all week, now the the counciler is dead! and the police havent any idea whats going on!", cut to MS of detective standing in the office. "Leave it with me sir"

Side on shot in corridor, science teacher talks to detective about Abagail, "She was always such a sweet girl but I had started to notice another side to her before she went missing, and ever since strange things have been happening all around the school

This is where the pace should change and we can have a series of action and reaction shots gradually gettin faster and generally hinting that Abagail is still there leading to the title sequence, but with the exception of the odd name and exclaimations here and there, there should be no other long winded sentences.

The friendly maths teacher that we changed to an R.E teacher should probably be a science teacher, my reasoning for this is that he would be the element of the film that explores the pychoanalytical approaches and we could get a nice soundbite from him along these lines.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

1950s Research

1950's Women

The fashion for women during the 1950's was only just reemerging due to the war, it was also the first time the term teenager was properly introduced. Teens and college students adopted skirts and sweaters as virtual uniform. This resulted in the American fashion industry target teenagers as a specialized market.

The 50's were the first time that tops were seen without shoulder pads. Along with the pencil skirts and suit jackets, many accessories such as gloves and pearls became very popular.

The book 'Fifties Forever' has been a real help, containing many useful references to get our characters just right with regards to their outfits and style.

As stated before it was the dresses and suit dresses that were popular during the 50's, also jumpers were popular among women. Ankle length skirts with blouses tucked in were another popular outfit, especially with the younger women.

I'm interested in the younger girls dresses in this book as they offer the idea of innocence, with brighter colours and usually covered with flowers or some sort of pattern over them. The dresses in the reference below could be really helpful in giving our main character that innocent look.

1950's Men

Men's fashion during the 50's centred around suits, with the shoulders also losing the broadness and padding and being replaced with single - breasted two piece suits with rounder shoulders and more lines. The teddy boys were the main advertisement for these styles, with some slight changes, such as different colour collars, bootlace neck ties and colourful socks.

Snazy jumpers and shirts were a big part of the casual wear for men during the 50's, obviosuly the smart look is more recognisable with the 50's but the casual outfits should not be forgotten, especially if we may want some of characters to look a little bit scruffy, or for the younger men who's outfits were a lot more relaxed.

I know the shoes probably arent a big issue as we wont really see the charcters feet in that much detail, but men's shoes in this time were important and stood out. Along with suits, cardigans could be one of the most important male clothing item due to how recognisable it was. If you wore a cardigan at high school you were usually associated with a sports team. Which would then mean you were popular and possibly a bully.

There were many stars from the 50's that influenced fashion and were the main leaders of it.. Below are just a few movie and singing stars that contributed towards the world of fashion during this time.

Audrey Hepburn: British actress who wore many Hubert de Givenchy dresses that made her such a popular style icon in 50's and still to this day.

Buddy Holly: One of the most influential Rock and Roll artists of all time. Had his own fashion style that resulted in the new name given to the young people of the 50's 'teenager' going crazy about it. Even today you can see his style coming back, the 'geek chic'. The skinny ties, cardigans, preppy jumpers were all the rage for teens.

Another key point to look at is the hair styles of men during this time. The older men tended to go for a smart, slick cut, whereas the younger boys and men were more adventurous. Similar to that of Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley.

Cary Grant: Leading male actor of the time, smart slick hair.

Elvis Presley: One of the worlds most famous singers, during his younger days his hair was crazy and all over the place.

To get an even stronger understanding of how people dressed durign the 50'si have selected a few films that show a good reference of outfits.

Singing In The Rain (1952)

Grease (1978)

Back to the future (1985)

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Storyboard For Animatic

Scenes 1 - 4

Scenes 5 - 8

Scenes9 - 12

Scenes 13 - 16

Scenes 28 - 31

Scenes 32 - 33

High School Revenge trailer script (PLUS FINAL UPDATE)

High School Revenge
Freemind Animations 

By Dave, Matt and Chris

*Freemind animated logo*/Fades into the first scene through black.

We hear a School Bell, hear the busy nattering voices of children and see the School come into focus. The Camera slowly zooms into the School.

Flash fade into the next scene.

The Camera follows the victimised School Girl Melissa in the Canteen, carrying her lunch tray, head down, with a slight tremble in her posture. (In the background to her we see the vicious, pointed, intimidating silhouettes of other School Children who are chanting at her in the background.)

*Narrators voice* "In the School, she is victim."

The camera angle changes suddenly to be in front of Melissa, where we see her being tripped up and fly forward towards the screen.

*Her tray and food scatter around the room with a loud metallic crash, sinister coaxing laughter errupts through the scene* We see Melissa's face look up, with a sad and worried expression on her face, yet so helpless she almost appears too exhausted to convey too much response.

*music paces on/scene fades out*

Narrator "But not for long"

*scene cuts in suddenly* We hear heavy breathing noises, quick footsteps of Melissa running down a corridor. The brief scene of the girl's panting mouth, anxiously running down the corridor fills the screen. Slam. *door closes*

The scene changes and we see Melissa in the toilet in front of the mirror by the sinks.

Narrator "When your so full of fear and hate, it becomes your reality"

The girl looks up, the sound of a heartbeat becomes louder, the panting goes away. The lights start to flicker.

*Sudden zoom in closer*

Narrator "A reality which can consume all that is good within you"

The lights cut out, with Melissa seemingly unaffected.

Melissa, crying with a helpless expression looks down into her hands in front of the mirror. Her reflection however, looks back up at her *heartbeat sound stops suddenly* with a look of malicious intent, with an unhomely look in comparison to the Girls regular appearance. The evil looking "twin" of this girl smiles with a scary, intimidating grin. The scene fades and we hear the girl scream.

*Scene cuts straight to the outside of the principles office. we can see the silhouette of the principle through his door window,

the scene stays static throughout.*

Principle "Hello there Detective, I would like to report the strange disappearance of some of my pupils who failed to show up today, their parents said they all left to come in. Please ensure they have not got themselves into mischief, or that they are out of harms way. Thank you."

*music intensifys briefly, cuts to black at the same time the phone is hung up*

*Scene pans in from the right to left, from behind something instead of fading up from the black to ensure a smooth, different transition with the Detective questioning the pupils about the disappearance.* These scenes show different angles with the detective questioning the pupils as still images where the camera moves across them. This invokes a film noir, comic book style feel to the building action.

(amongst the nattering, random scats of chatter to students)

Detective "Have you seen these girls?"
Random School Children "No sir"
Detective "I am investigating the disappearance of your fellow students, have you heard anything?"
Random School Child "I thought they must just be off ill"
Detective "Is there a place these girls could like to hide?"
Random School Child "I don't know of them, I couldn't say"
Detective "Theres nothing, nothing at all..."

*scene changes to a busy classroom full of students*

Narrator "When a hunter is hiding amongst its prey, they cannot stay hidden forever"

The scene changes to a classroom, with religious imagery plotted around the room to suggest it is an R.E class.The teacher paces down the aisle, inspecting students work over their shoulders. He comes to stop at one student at the front of the class. It is Melissa.

*camera looks over Melissa's shoulder, you can clearly see in the book demonic imagery* The scene then turns onto the teachers worried expression, concerned by what he has seen. *chilling horror sounds flood the few moments the teacher realises Melissa's evil drawings as it changes to the next scene*

Narrator "Evil can never get away unnoticed with such an act"

*Scene is in a meeting with the Detective questioning the teacher about the source of the missing girls*

Detective "Have you seen anything suspicious Sir?"
Teacher "No, no I haven't, well... *the teachers face somewhat anxious thinking about Melissa's unusual drawings* no Sir, if I do I will report back to you immediately"

The Scene changes to the music becoming more intense, the teacher witnessing Melissa using some kind of magical force to hurtle a student down some stairs. "Your coming with me, theres things we must talk about" says the Teacher, nervously. The heartbeat sound thuds louder again, then surprisingly Melissa agrees. "OK, Sir." *holds out her hand to make the audience feel somewhat uncomfortable, some form of chilling noise needed here*

The scene changes, the heartbeat stops, the music is up in the air to reflect the confusing manner of the situation with the Teacher handing over the book with Melissa's drawings in.Teacher, passing over the book says "Here, I have found something very odd and unlike a certain child I know of, I would like you to take a look." The detective takes the book and opens it. "We will need the School priest for this issue" he says, with the camera zoomed into his face as he suggests it to make the notion seem sterner.

Note the pace of the scene changes is getting quicker to intensify the trailer and make it feel more exciting towards the end as it gets darker.

The next scene, camera is behind the girl sitting in the classroom, with the teacher, detective and priest all around her.

Priest "What is this imagery you draw of child? What do you mean of it? You do realise this is a Church of England establishment?"

Melissa says coldly "You and your friends will find out in time."

Narrator "Evil can play games that innocence cannot perceive"

The camera cuts to behind the Priest who is analysing the book, one picture directly suggesting where the original Melissa hides away, he immediately instinctively figures this to be the source of the problems. "The Lord instructs we must go here" he says. "Detective, you stay with the girl, make sure she is not to leave."In the background, Melissa's evil grin plays on her face once again.

Scene changes to the music louder and more intense, the priest and the teacher scurrying down the corridor reminiscent of Melissa's original purge to the toilet.

Cuts to black/fades up into view of the janitors closet.

Cuts to the Priest and the Teacher's facial expressions nodding in agreement with one another to enter. Scene cuts back to behind them opening the door, the lights begin the flicker. The heartbeat sounds intensify once more. It cuts to their faces once more, surprised, gasping in shock to find Melissa laying in front of them. Cuts to the open doorway to see Melissa there in front of them, with the missing girls hanging around her.

The lights dull down completely. The scene cuts to looking directly in front of the Priest and the Teacher, only to have the dark Melissa standing behind them. The expression on Melissa's evil face draws a wide, nasty grin, scowling up directly at the camera with her head down.

Melissa "Peekaboo"

The scene goes black. Title appears. Narrator "High School Revenge. Coming to get you soon."


Freemind Animations

UPDATED SCRIPT - This has been simplified into a new story altogether to make animating and the effect of the peice far more uncanny and spine chilling to endure.

High School Revenge Script
By Chris Simmons and Dave Ratcliffe

Intro to trailer

*Company logo fades in through black with soft eerie music chanting in the background* “Free mind Animations presents” (time approx 3 seconds)
*Sound of thunder booms through the fade back into a black screen which flashes up with the silhouette of the evil girl, then back up into the film logo* (time approx 5 seconds)
*We fade into a scene of a City through a window, camera moving over the City scape from several angles, we hear sirens and busy traffic*
*Music plays out seemingly more distant to its opening appearance as it enters the quiet space of the detective*
*Camera pans down from ceiling fan to the detective sitting smoking. Cut to a clock ticking for a few seconds, then return to the detective as a close up of his lips pulling on the Cigarette. Cut to full body shot of the Detective.*
Ghost Detective “It was a cold night in the City, as cold as the evil I was about to pursue.”
(Scenes time approx 10 seconds)
“New South Acres, 1953, I was called in to investigate on a strange series of events following the mysterious deaths at the local long abandoned high school where many say the ghost of a bullied child still lurks to this day to get her revenge on the adults that never helped her.”
*Close up of Detectives face again/fade into new scene showing several news papers reporting deaths at the local high school. Music at this point picks up in pace.* - “What could be lurking in this troublesome place?”

(Scenes time approx 15-20 seconds)

Mid section of trailer

*Slams into darkness once again – We hear the sound of a little girl laughing over the pitter-patter of rainfall. Detective looks anxious/close up on face/walks on through to the High School/Overhead shot.

*Fade into darkness, the shift in the sounds as the detective walks into the School – lightening flashes through the windows (with these flashes have small flashes of images of the girl)

*More close ups of the detectives face as he walks towards the door at the end of the corridor.

*Text appears on screen before the detective opens the door “Do you dare enter?” (This is where the sound stops suddenly and the scene changes to the last room of the trailer)

*Heartbeat sounds are heard here, with the camera looking around the room, falls on the little girl staring down the lens (perhaps the first time far away, then a second later right in the screen.)

(Scene time approx 30-40 seconds)

End section of trailer

*Screen fades back up to the playground scene of the little girl sitting on the swing/Fade in the film title


Tightening the StoryBoard

 An assortment of 50's characters for reference

So i've noticed that we need to start looking at how we  are going to base or world in the 1950's, looking at things such as fashion trends, hairstyles and the school building itself. At this moment I am going back over our storyboard and am trying to make certain things as clear as possible to save confusion when we get to the modeling phase.

I like the basic structure of the storyboard but I think we might want to start looking at the shots involved and see where we can chop out unnessacery extras or maybe even fairly nessacery ones. Theres only three of us, so we need to be clever about what we show and how we model, the better we know the shots, the easier this will be.

Concept Art and Initial Ideas

 School Ideas, Back to the future?

 Hairstyle and clothing options we could go with for the little girl.

Draftwork and Original thumbnails for Concepts.

Black and white concept 1 No Idea what shes capable of

Concept 2 Creature Within

Concept 3 Unlikely Killer

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Logo Design

For the logo design we had a choice between the names freemind and newblood, we eventually decided on freemind. I had two ideas primarily, one involving winged brains and the other a brain in captivity, hooked up to various television monitors.

I went with the latter idea as we were already pretty sure at this point that we wanted to do a piece based in the 50's and the idea felt  like nostalgia toward a campy Sci-fi golden age.

Pretty soon I realized that the idea that had looked so impressive in my minds eye was not transferring particularly well to paper, I had visions of there being a monitor for each letter of the title and that there would be no one type font , just a series of different ones that would flash on and off in relation to the brains squirms.

I should probably mention at this point that I planned to animate the logo, nothing fancy, just something that would look good as a gif header, unfortunately the final product turned out to be a bit to heavy duty for blogger, its typical that I would put so much effort into something that was ultimately useless.

This is my first attempt at transferring the logo from the sketchbook to the computer.

I like the quality of the colour and the reflective glaze of the glass dome.

Yet ultimately I felt that the general shape was to asymetrical in the worst way possible, so I started again.

The cracked glass I felt was one of the more redeeming features of this attempt.

So this is what I ended up with, I stripped the tvs down to just the one and tried to make the whole thing a bit more minimal, more like a logo.