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Some more WIPs!  Isaac’s having a really, really bad day and Simon’s making some new allies.

I can’t believe it’s chapter 13 already!  There’s only five more chapters to thumbnail out, but it’s the part of the story that’s going to require the most thought.

Doing these thumbnail scripts while I write has been helping a great deal since I can pace things out with pages and start visualizing panels and character direction early.  And because it’s all very rough, it’s not a problem to move bits around or even cut things out entirely. 



The Wind Rises

Just saw this movie. A beautiful reflection of the fleeting moments in life and the passion to accomplish dreams.

Such a beautiful scene!  One of the best Miyazaki films, so brilliant in character portrayal, symbolism, and Existentialism.  IMHO, it should have won the Academy, although I feel the controversy over the hero being basically a weapons inventor affected the vote, in addition to the rumor that most academy members don’t even bother with animated films.

Within 15 minutes of the movie, I almost cried like three times….

Brand new chapter!

Previously on Simon Sues
A mysterious math proof landsin Simon’s inbox. It’s an ancient recursive problem based off a ritual suicide. Simon needs Sarah’s computer skills to answer this personal challenge, however his injuries are starting to consume him. Luckily some discoveries regarding June’s whereabouts and a new attitude toward Isaac have strengthened his resolve. But the magnitude of this new case could threaten to utterly break Simon and those he cares about.

This turned out to be a fun little exercise for me and it might be helpful for other comic artists to break down their panels in terms of camera shots.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was re-reading Shot by Shot, which as an animator and a storyboard artist, I find essential (there are some dated references, but you can skip to the workshop sections if you want a nice meaty chapter.)  One chapter brings up the 180 rule and ways in which you can cross it without causing your audience to be disorientated. I sometimes see action sequences in comics that I have to reread several times just to figure out the flow.  It’s not giving the impression of frantic action or a pov of a confused character, it just has no regard for the 180 rule and the effective ways to break it.

And then, during a marathon thumb-nailing session I decided to break down a few of my pages in terms of shots.  It totally made sense to me since I often try to think of my panels in a more cinematic way.

The images above may be a bit hard to read since they’re my messy thumbnails, but the point is I wanted to try keeping to the LOA in one example and then in another, cross it for the purpose of shifting the camera focus and thereby shifting the story’s POV.

In the first scene, I stayed within an established LOA to make the scene feel more stable and calm.  Simon’s having a bonding moment with his sister.  You can see from the diagram that the Cam shots never cross the line.

In the second scene, I wanted more tense, uneasy feelings, so I kept re-establishing the line by designating June as the POV character and using Isaac as the moving focus.  You can see that with him circling around the bed, the LOA is moving with him as a way to lead the audience.  Having part of the bed in several shots also helps give a frame of reference.

Anyway, thought it was kinda cool seeing the fundamentals transfer to many different outlets.

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