Wednesday, 19 February 2014

From Script to Screen: Storyboard Style

Deciding on how I want each of my panels to look. Simple lineart was too boring and the greyscale shading gave it a bit more life, but I'm leaning towards the sepia-like textured shading at the end, likehow I've been doing the character concepts. Especially as this story is focusing on the past, I think it gives an old feeling to it and it isn't too bland.

From Script to Screen: Environment sketches

Rough sketch ideas for the Circus Museum:

Circus sketches:

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

From Script to Screen - Character Final Designs

Old Man final design:

The security guard is a very minor character in this story so I made him generic looking:

From Script to Screen - Character Biographies

Old Man Biography:
  • Dan “Burch” Burchell
  • Late 60’s
  • Grey haired looks worn out – heavy wrinkles and dark eye bags.
  • Slight hunch, walks with a cane.
  • Wears an old greying suit and a hat.

Visitor of the old circus museum that’s closing down. Was once a performer of the Hengler Circus over forty years ago, and part of the trapeze artist duo; the “Burch Brothers”. Partner was not actually his brother but a childhood friend and “blood brother”. Was less recognized than his partner.

The one to introduce the grappling hook into their act, which later resulted in the death of his partner. After the accident he ran away from his circus life and for over forty years he lived with his guilt.

Found out about the exhibit about the “Burch accident” at the museum and decided it was his last chance to finally find closure.

Security Guard Biography:
  • Early 30’s
  • Typical security uniform

Works at the circus museum. Approaches the old man when he visits. Very knowledgeable regarding the “Burch accident”.

Don “Burch” Burchfield
  • Trapeze Artist
  • Eldest of the duo “the Burch Brothers”
  • Childhood friend of his partner
  • Victim in the “Burch accident”

Partnered with Dan for this “Burch Brothers” act in the Hengler troupe. The more popular of the two, which he wasn’t aware of. Was originally very weary of the idea of introducing the grappling hook into their act but in the end accepted Dan’s choice.

During the performance the hook detached and his partner was unable to catch him, and he fell to his death.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

From Script to Screen - Further Development of Logline, Premise and Step by Step Outline


An old man finally comes to terms with his mistake.


After years of suffering, it’s time for an old man to visit his past and accept his mistakes.

Step by Step Outline:

  • Old man visits closing down circus museum.
  • Stops at one particular display which has an old newspaper clipping, leotards, pictures and a grappling hook.
  • Security guard walks by and comments on the “tragic accident”, and the old man wearily nods in agreement.
  • After a while of staring at the display, the camera zooms into the newspaper clipping and flashback ensues.

  • Two young men in leotards surrounded by photographers, one looking less pleased with his partner.
  • Jumps to a discussion between the two in their caravan; the displeased one from before excitedly telling his partner of his new “idea” for their act – the older one looking uncomfortable and unsure about it.
  • Finally agrees to his partner’s ideas; camera shows that the other was holding a grappling hook.
  • Night of performance; the half who introduced the idea to his partner launches the grappling hook and swings across.
  • All is going well until after a short while when the eldest of the duo takes his next turn with the grappling hook – the hook comes loose and the younger fails to catch his partner as they cross.
  • The other falls – blacks out.

  •      Back to the old man, pained as he remembers, his hand is touching the picture of the two young men together.
  •      The older man in the photo is grinning up and him, which startles the old man as he doesn't remember the photo being like that.
  •      Tears in his eyes, he smiles softly at the photo.
  •      He tilts his hat and walks away from the display and out the museum; finally finding his closure.

Friday, 7 February 2014

From Script to Screen: Idea Developments

Idea 1:

  • Thief in a museum, actually a trapeze artist so able to move about with a lot of ease to avoid security guard. 
  • Uses a grappling hook for entry and escape.

Found this idea too generic so didn’t develop any further.

Idea 2:

  • Museum dedicated to circuses, one of the displays has an old yellowing newspaper clipping and rusting grappling hook with it.
  • The story with the newspaper clipping describes a horrific accident at a popular troupe's performance, and all that's left of them is this report, name completely tarnished because of the accident.

Idea 3 (Further development on no.2):

  • Old man visits a closing down museum dedicated to circuses, and stares at an old display case with a newspaper clipping. 
  • Displayed with it there’s leotards, photographs and a rusting grappling hook.
  • The newspaper headline tells of a horrific accident at a popular troupe’s performance, and a flashback ensues of the fateful night where a duo introduces a new part to their performance, a grappling hook – which results in the performance going wrong and causing casualties and also the death of one of the duo.
  • Revealed that the old man is the survivor of the duo and wanted closure after so long.

From Script to Screen: The Last Act Script

Thursday, 6 February 2014

From Script to Screen: Trapeze Artist 1 Character Design

Went with the traditional leotard male performers wear whilst performing. I wanted to throw in a mix of training outfits (first two) and performance outfits (last four, which are more glamerous. Three more character design sets to post up after this~

From Script to Screen: Definitive Influence Maps


Influence from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Museum Rapperswil

Trapeze Artist:

Grappling Hook:

CG Artists Toolkit Drawing: Male Model 3