Some non sequential favorites from AFFLICTED, a graphic novel by 12Gaugecomics.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Part 2 of the Music Video Boards segment I promised to throw up on this blog.
Movement, blocking, and a healthy dose of optical illusions were all part of the mandate for this project. I've always enjoyed working on music videos for the fluidity and transformative energy that every project brings in their own unique ways. I spend an exorbitant about of time watching them, always searching for something new and irregular. Stocking up virtual inventory for my directorial debut as a filmmaker. Let's hope 2013 is that inaugural year!
Hope you enjoyed the work.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I've been promising to post these for a while and now finally they're up!
Friends and aspiring storyboarders often want to know what kinds of things go into producing art for music videos so I'll just say a few words.
Like all boarding, the fundamental rules apply, beginning with a decent grasp of illustration. Anatomy, clothing, perspective (especially on this job), facial expressions, lighting and the usual culprits.
A sense of composition and layering for depth of field is a strong tool of illustration and leads the eye of the viewer across the image plane.
Dance choreography and set design are unique aspects of music video boards that change the landscape a bit. For example, this video encouraged the director and myself to suspend the laws of gravity (seemingly so) and create a visual style that achieved the goal through clever architectural design, optical illusions, and camera stunts.
My directive was to design a series of interactions whereby the singer & dancers could move through their environments, initially telling a story, and secondly creating a suspension of belief on the viewers part. Often, MOVEMENT helped define what the surfaces and backgrounds might look like. And so, dance theory and physical theatre were awesome motivations, and I've always been a big supporter of dance, martial arts, and sports in general.
I always make it a point to know what the budget is, what types of cameras we'll be using, how many extras will be performing(cost, cost, cost!), the extent of set resourses like green screens and stage dimensions, post production (CGI), and how much time the team has to design the show (make-up, painting, construction, etc..) Figuring out how to paint a room to look as if it runs on forever, juxtaposing horizontal planes, or have people fall ONTO the ceiling is the fun part!!!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Hey, Friends! I've got a book out that recently got previewed on ComicBookResources called Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters(IDW)! With lyrics by the IDW scripting wiz Erik Burnham, fancy finger paints by Jeremy Colwell, and art by Jose Holder (that's me!)
8 full colour pages for your viewing enjoyment, and a bonus gift by the same CBR media team:
An exclusive interview with Ghostbusters scribe Erik Burnham on the future of the franchise, the new book and much more! The book is slated for shelves on January 16th, 2013!
Reserve yourself a copy:) Really, who doesn't love the Ghostbusters.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
WARM BODIES, the love story set in a zombie apocalypse has just released
a new poster and movie trailer in anticipation of its February 1st opening. Jonathan Levine directed this awesome cold-hearted love story and I had the pleasure of working with him and Second Unit director Stephen Woolfenden to map out many of the action shots and CGI moments throughout.
A stellar job and incredible experience for all attached to the project. Both directors brought an incredble wealth of knowledge, patience and generosity to the set despite having to shoot through some pretty rough weather in my native Montreal that year.
As I begin shooting my first film in 2013 I'll most certainly call on the fine learning opportunities this production afforded me, and others since, that helped me bridge the gap between storyboarding and directing.
I look forward to seeing WARM BODIES hitting the big screen next year!
Check out the super cool trailer for the film on YouTube. Just click the link!