This time I feel geometric! I used a “vertigo effect” and some super tele to achieve this sort of optical illusion. Note: this is the kind of animation one would do in Processing. I wonder if Pi-slices, p5art or any other creative coder of Tumblr would like to give it a try (-:
Without Alfred Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville, the
shower scene from Psycho would have
been less intense. During editing, she
found frames where Janet Leigh could
be seen breathing. She also convinced
Alfred, who insisted the scene have no
music and refused to listen to the score,
to watch the cut with the music, and it
went on to become one of the most
iconic scenes in Hollywood history.
When he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1979, Hitchcock acknowledged her influence on his work and life, saying, “I ask permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor. The second is a scriptwriter. The third is the mother of my daughter, Pat. And the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville.”
Ive been getting an influx of messages from students asking me what they can do to become a story artist. I decided to put together a list of a few basic things to get you started on the journey. There is much more that goes into making a good story artist but these are just some of my personal suggestions to start.
First, I always like to suggest some reading material. Here are few books that really helped me wrap my head around a few ideas:
Visual Story- Bruce Block
Story- Robert Mckee
The 5C’s of Cinematography- Joseph Mascelli
Save the Cat-Blake Snyder
On Filmmaking- Alexander Mackendrick
Next i’d suggest watching as many movies as possible. Studies from the greats Kubrick, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Coen Brothers, Kurosawa, or whoever else you find yourself drawn to. When I say study, I mean really analyze the film from all angles. (camera, composition, Story telling, dialogue, acting.) Have a piece of paper nearby and draw small thumbnails of compositions.
Storyboarding involves a lot of drawing. Usually quick drawings that have clear reads. So to better your skills draw as much as possible! Draw everything! But not just mindless drawing really think about what you are drawing and why. Look for specific gestures, facial expressions, and designs. A great way to learn this is through life drawing.
Lastly, Tell stories! The job of a story artist is to visually tell a story through drawings in order to inform others in the production. Great drawings are really second to great storytelling. A good way to improve on telling stories is to do it as much as possible no matter the medium.
Again these are just some of my personal suggestions and a place to start the journey. Hope its helpful!