Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Shining in Six Panels...

As mentioned earlier- I did artwork for a script written by The Emperor for the Little White Lies magazine competition. The challenge was to do the whole film in only 6 panels on a downloadable template. We attempted 'The Shining' and here it is...
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9 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff, pity you got saddled with a damn fool writer but you still pulled it out of the bag.

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  2. Damn their rules- it still looked better with the raggedy panels and blood smeared frames!

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  3. Wow. Nicely captured the look of the fim there. One of my all time fav films too. I had a friend stayed at the Overlook or the Timberline Lodge as it's known in real life. Said he was a bit dissapointed it was completely diffirent inside. If the Gold room had existed you would have been fine for getting free drinks, "Orders from the House"

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  4. That is spot-on. I don't know if it was supposed to have dialogue, but as it is, it's just perfect.

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  5. Nope it was always intended to be silent. I wanted to challenge myself (and Bruce too ;) ) and see if it could be done like that, as my initial temptation was to just shoehorn in all the cool scenes and then hammer in a tonne of exposition and that seemed like cheating. I worked up a few other films (I just ran out of artists and/or time ;) One of the others had to have dialogue and not just for the impressive swearing I managed to get in...) and I was surprised how the scenes you remember may not actually be the useful ones for telling a condensed story (although you can sneak one or two in ;) ).

    The Shining page actually all came together nicely, especially given the restrictions they put on everything. The tricky one was the last scene and we kicked a few ideas around and Bruce came up with that - as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one, the way the maze pattern resonates with the carpet.

    The 2000 AD thread has our frantic running round, the winner (obviously someone from the forum won!!) and we are collecting together the entries, including the Director's Cut of this one. I still have my fingers crossed we got in on the runners-up slots that will be featured in the digital edition but there are so many good entries, just from the 2000AD forum.

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  6. Wow. That works superbly. Well done chaps.

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  7. There's also a little tie in with the small VW beetle in panel one and it appears as the tiny toy car in panel 3- the pattern in the carpet roughly resonating the road in panel 1. But everyone noticed that, right?
    We liked the Directors Cut best- the raggedy panels and blood smeared bottom frames represented the descent into madness etc. and were pretty important visually in the end.
    Hamstrung by creative oppression!!
    That's our excuse for not winning sorted...

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  8. A great job there lads. It has all the ingredients: isolation, madness and final death.

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  9. Oo yes I'd forgotten about the little car - that was an inspired touch!!

    Basically each panel has something along the lines of a V or diamond motif working for it with similar angles cropping up everywhere (like the line of the road being matched by a line in the snow on the next panel). So there is a lot going on and little rewards for the viewer who spends a bit of time picking over the large version.

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