Tuesday, 26 February 2008

I'm Henery the Eighth I am (honest...and so is he)

A couple of versions of the same idea based on a Time magazine article from last year. The article pointed out the recent interest Hollywood seems to have with the Tudors and the history defying casting decisions of the studios when it came to Henry VIII - what with neither Jonathan Rhys Meyers ('The Tudors') or Eric Bana ('The Other Boleyn Girl') being all that rotund or ginger.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Last of the Broken Tokyo Ghosthunters

I forgot a few details regarding the storyboard competition in my last entry. First off you were only allowed to produce the illustrations using Corel Painter X (you could download a 30 day trial version), which was more than ok by me. The other condition was that the storyboards had to be based on one of three scripts by brilliant up and coming screenwriter Graham Thomas. Each screenplay tackled a different genre - film noir, science fiction, and, well something resembling Gilliamesque surrealism. One of the most difficult aspects of the competition was choosing which tale to tell - each had great things going on which were just crying out to be visualised.

I finally opted for the manga style sf script as its probably the genre I'm more familiar with. Below is the storyboarded opening scene of the script. If you want to find out how the whole thing turns out you can check out the script and the two alternatives at:

Corel Storyboard Competition

I think I can finally say this in some official way - somehow I've managed to win the Corel Painter Storyboard competition! The competition was announced via the corel website and Painter magazine way back in July last year. Entrants were lured with the chance of winning a Wacom Cintiq 21UX if you managed to snare first place.

Corel contacted me with the news that I'd won, but I didn't really believe it until I saw my boards in print in the current (Issue 13 Feb 2008) copy of the Corel Painter Mag. They've been very kind and given me a double page spread to show off the boards. There are so many images though that inevitably some of them are difficult to make out and its quite hard to follow - so I think I'll post some of them here for those who are interested. Below is a kind of 'trailer' for the main feature a few of the illustrations at a decent res to show you how they looked as I worked on them. I'll put the full boards up soon. You have been warned.