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I have to say I'm really impressed with the way that your handling this scene, the sense of excitement is very well done.
@Jevsi: Thanks a lot! :D
Your "camera positions" are really well-thought-out in this sequence!
Do you think in terms of camera placement for each panel/series, or just what you feel tells the story best?
Bottom left panel: works AFTER you realize it is a turn-around, but makes ya wonder when first seen!
Bottom right panel: uh-oh! =80
@Emor D'ni Lap: Thanks a lot! I love working with camera angles and stuff. It's just like storyboarding for a film really, except there's the added choice of panel size and the added restriction of page size.
What I did this time for this chapter, and what I think I'll do in future chapters, is that I draw out the "acting" first. I go through the script and draw out the characters doing the actions (in whatever angle is clearest, and not in a frame) and any shots that come to mind that I want to see.
Then after that, I go back and take the key acting points and decide the camera angles, the layout, the sequence, where to end each page, etc. The more "cinematography" part of it. Usually the angle I chose to first draw out the acting is best, but as I try to make the sequence work as a whole I might change the angles, or where the character sits in the frame.
Those first three panels on this page I struggled with, because I had the size of Atrus the same in both panel 2 and 3. There wasn't enough contrast to make it flow well. I made Atrus bigger and it looked better. I didn't want to overshadow the generator, but since he's mostly in shadow, and the generator is higher in the frame, I think it works.
The bottom left one. Is see, so it's not immediately clear that it's him turned around. I wanted a big contrast to show that he's jumping down quickly. I originally drew him as just slightly turning, but when read in sequence, it seemed like he was going too slowly.
Sorry for the really really long explanation. I love this acting/cinematography stuff. :) Thanks for the question!
Awesome explanation! To be included in the book maybe...? :)
Also, the 'turning' panel was clear to me, personally.
I do have to ask: Why does it say "fuuuuu" on the top page? Am I just misreading it or something, or...? Emor seemed to notice as well (look at the title of his comment). I seem to remember that I saw a similar thing on page 55 as Anna put the book away.
I'm not criticizing or anything, I'm just a bit confused.
@Ahlisendar: Ah, so that's not so clear.
It's supposed to be the sound of blowing air. On this page it's the sound of steam leaving a narrow pipe attached to the generator. In Anna's case, that was her blowing out the oil lamp.
Sound effects are hard! I'll try to think of another way to represent it. Any ideas? fuu? huu? fwooouuu?
@Marein: Thanks! That's a good idea. I'd love to write up more about my process and include it in the final book. :) In the meantime, questions help.
re:bottom left panel: Okay, good to know. It's nice to get a picture of what's clear and what's not.
@larkinheather: Oh, fuuuu is fine, it's just that when I first saw it, I thought of that trollface which goes, "FUUU...".
@Ahlisendar: lol I know! I think of that too!!! I tried to use lowercase letters, but it still reminds me of that. Then it becomes a hard u in your head. oh internet memes.
Regarding the 'fuuu': I also had to think of the meme. Maybe 'fwww'? I think if you add an h or w the association will already be less (so fwuuu or fhuuuu).
@Marein: hmmm good ideas fwuu fhuuu fwwwuu I'll remember that for future pages. Thanks :D
Heehee, I *love* unusual onomatopoeia! like "fuuuuuu..." works for me, I completely got the sound. But, yes, unfortunately that one does have some baggage, and maybe it's best to add a letter somewhere...
Heather, thanks for the great reply. I asked about how you conceptualized your sequences' camera setups because you are very much thinking like a cinematographer or director. Seems like you've studied cinema on one level or another; you're following a lot of general principles like using action axes (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_degree_rule).
Anyway, I don't want to dissect your creative process too much, sometimes it's better to just let the juice flow!!!
@Emor D'ni Lap: haha I'm glad to hear you like unusual onomatopoeia. It is fun to think about the sounds. :)
I was very glad for your question. I do think about it in terms of filmmaking. Are you a filmmaker? It seems you've certainly studied film as well :D
Yes, 180 degree rule. I feel like I finally 'got it' like a year ago. I'm learning. I'm going to be doing a course this summer on storyboarding at this school where the instructors are Pixar/Disney people (the school is in San Fran). There's some fear of messing up my juice flow action when I learn new techniques, but eventually they become a part of my process in a good way, so I think it'll be okay. :)
In any case, the most important thing to me is to KEEP MAKING NEW PAGES. 0_0