Saturday, June 26, 2010
Movies movies, 2 (& update)
-In 1998-99 we worked on 'The Road to El Dorado' where our cameras followed Tulio and Miguel, through the cities of southern Spain first and the jungles of Mexico later on.
I also did a lot of workbook in that production, but what took the most of my time was leading the team that designed the lighting for the whole film. We used warm gray Pantone markers and whiteout on paper for that, and the only adjustment we could do to our artwork, if we thought we needed to, was playing a bit with the contrast with the use of the photocopy machine. It was definitely a more time consuming process that would be nowadays with all the technology available!
The first sequence of drawings reflects the moment in which Tulio and Miguel make it to the Golden City through a concealed passage, with the help of Chel.
-The shot of the construction site (The Prince of Egypt) depicts the oppressive atmosphere of the people in it, playing with the heavy, vertical shapes of the columns on top putting visual pressure on the 'tiny looking' characters underneath.
-Finally, a workbook sketch for a scene during the 'chariot race' sequence at the beginning of the film, trying to establish the dynamics of the moment and the hot lighting of the location.
UPDATE: My friend Jesus Duce has just surprised me in his wonderful blog 'Pecios' posting up a really old work of mine. A short graphic novel (full story) that dates back from 1985. It was originally published in the magazine 'Creepy' (Toutain Editor).