October 31, 2008

FRAMED #09 – Creating Screen Characters: From Fiction to Docos

This week i attended the Framed talk – Creating Screen Characters: From Fiction to Docos at Digital Harbour

what makes a good character?

create detail in your character.
character who are failures are more interesting e.g. Sea Change
what is your characters weakness - that is more interesting.
Oz drama often takes a complex character and divides those traits up between several characters.

ABC's Australian story - shows everyone as a success.
Doco film maker proposed a film about multicultural football team. The team lost against the Italians and others.
The commissioning editor didn't want a film about losers.

A character carries on an internal monologue with himself - rats in the ranks
Film maker Robert connelley calls this Self-Rhetoric.
You want to convey the story - what are the best characters to do that.

writing the treatment forces you to focus on what the documentary is about.
don't bore your audience
a doco is the relationship between you and your subject.
we are full of contradictions - as a doco filmmaker you must reveal that.

On Wednesday 29 Oct I attended life drawing at Jika Jika Community Centre close to Westgarth station.

Attened opening of Under $500 exhibition at Art Associates in Richmond. My painting "The Betrayal" is part of this show.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson

Saw Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson at ACMI

October 24, 2008

Hideko Takamine

Hideko Takamine in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs 1960
Directed by Mikio Naruse.

Bernie Fuchs

I’m basically an illustrator,” Bernie Fuchs says up front. “That’s what I wanted to be, and I’m very happy with it.”
Interview with Bernie Fuchs on myamericanartist.com

October 16, 2008

Matt Dixon's book

Fantasy Artist's Figure Drawing Bible: Ready-to-Draw Characters and Step-by-Step Rendering Techniques by Matt Dixon.
Amazon link

October 3, 2008

comic book proportions

US printed live area size of a comicbook page is W6" x H9" (W15.2cm x H22.9cm). This is a 2:3 ratio.
Create the original art at 150% of reproduction size.
To do this multiply the dimensions by 1.5 making the live area W9" x H13.5"(W22.9cm x H34.3cm)

Then reduce the original art W9" x H13.5" by 67% to fit into W6" x H9" live area.

measurement convertor
online proportion wheel