Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Commissions are Open!

I've decide to take on doing some commissions to help earn a little extra cash, boost my portfolio and boost my skills with a pencil. The way it works is like this I'll draw a single character for you, be it a comic, cartoon or a film character, maybe you would even want a sketch yourself looking badass!

The pricing goes as such; for a pencil sketch it's £5, for inks it's £10, I've not yet decided how much colour would cost (this is due to my lack of confidence in colouring). Feel free to request something that isn't on the menu and we'll negotiate a price. At first there will be 10 places to fill as I don't want things to snowball and people not receive their commission!

What you'll recieve is an A4 copy of the sketch along with an unwatermarked digital copy. Payment works via paypal as I will email you an invoice for the commission and postage costs. Below you will find and example of the pencil and inks. (These are the only examples as the first one I did for myself and the second was done after my friend saw what I had done and wanted something similiar).


If you want a commission leave a message below or e-mail me at; Kenneth.c.mcfarlane@googlemail.com

Tokyo Moodboard

To help get a grip on what kind of aesthetic I should aim for I decided to create a mood board featuring images from Tokyo in Japan as that is the location of the novel and I feel that some of the best opening credits focus on just one aspect of the narrative, be it a location, an object or a theme. I've already began to develop ideas in my mind about 1 concept that uses locations as it's main motif and hopefully this moodboard will help be develop the layout, colours and other important aspects of the design. Along the way as I develop more concepts based on themes I may have to create more moodboards.


In the moodboard I try to choose predominately night scenes as the narrative generally took place within night scenes, also with the thriller genre a night scene often helps present to the audience a feeling of unease when used in conjunction with the right elements. The night scenes also help create a good contrasting image with the lit up city and some of the colours already go together. Finding the right mood is going to be hard though as I could go 1 of 2 ways either a slow tempo creeping type opening credits that focuses more on theme of the narrative or an upbeat lively style which relates more to the city.

I've also obtained the book, "Tokyo: City And Architecture" by Livio Sacchi (2004, Skira Editore S.p.A.) to help with imagedry of Tokyo to assist development when it comes to creating a city scape of buildings in the conceptual stage of the project. I feel this book will become very useful when it comes to creating thumbnails and storyboards. From here I'm going to look at English and Japanese type as well as opening/closing titles from both.

Time keeping

When it comes to a project it's always best to create some form of schedule to help keep the project on track and makes sure that everything required gets completed. Since this project end on the 9/11/10 with an intrim crit at 8/10/10 and a final crit at 22/10/10. Before the intrim crit I should have all my research completed along with some concepts and development of a range of ideas. From there I will chose one to develop. For the final crit I will present my progress with my selected idea and adjust it accordingly due to the feedback before handing in the final piece on 9/11/10. Below is a break down of the tasks I have to complete, these objectives all have their own completion dates, I feel that these "Mini-Deadlines" will be very beneficial to the completion of the brief.

Create Moodboard: 29/9/10
Research Typefaces: 3/9/10
Research opening titles: 3/9/10
Create some thumbnails and sample: 6/9/10
Develop a style: 7/9/10
Develop at least 2 storyboard concepts: 7/9/10
Intrim crit: 8/10/10
Decide on an idea to finalise: 8/10/10
Choose a type: 14/10/10
Decide on a range of music to use:21/10/10
Final crit:22/10/10
Decide on a final piece of music to use:1/11/10
Write an Evaluation:8/11/10
Hand in: 9/11/10

With this I'm confident I can complete this project as by the end of this week I hope to have most my research complete.

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Walking Dead Title Sequence

Whilst surfing my usual online haunts I came across a very well produced fan-made opening for one of this year's most anticipated TV series, "The Walking Dead"! Vimeo user Daniel Kanemoto was such a big fan of the original comic book that he decided to create his own opening to the TV series and I got to say this looks fantastic, I almost wish it was the real one as it's so well produced and put together.

I really like the way Kanemoto has created an almost three-dimensional space and dynamic scenes by using the artwork of Charlie Adlard mixed with the program after effects. The music also fits well and this has prompted me to keep an ear out for pieces of music I would like to use in my own title sequence. Check out this amazing opening below!


It's the subtle touches in this amazing opening that makes it stand out such as the textures and the effects used on the shot of the main character shooting one of the undead! Whilst watching it you'll notice that it's predominately the animation that takes precedence in the opening while the typography showing who the actors and the producers are take what could be considered as a back seat. I would love to create something on this level as it has so much impact; the look, the music and composition are all fantastic, along with the fact that it's just within the time limit of the brief shows what really is possible if a piece is thought through and developed.

For more works by Daniel Kanemoto check out his Vimeo channel here!

Also keep an eye out for more analysis of Title Sequences!

A New Year, A New Brief: Title Sequence

Here I am, I've made it to the second year of the Digital Film, Games & Animation course and with that I've already recieved my new brief for the first project which is Digital Film Production although this brief is a little different. The main outcome of the brief is to create a title sequence for a book that has not yet been adapted into a visual media (TV and film). so think of any film you've seen, you know that bit where it shows who made it and who acted in it along with the title, thats a title sequence. This sequence can be made using any method and programs I chose, so it could all be animation or some live action sections or even a mixture of both, this leaves a lot of possibilities open to be explored.

Obviously with so many books having been adapted into films it's difficult to find one but eventually I settled on the title "In The Miso Soup" by Ryu Murakami, it's got an odd quickiness with spots of humour even though it's a triller style novel. The only other book I can draw a comparison to is "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis. I chose this book as when I had finished reading it I would love to have seen the film acted out with people to see the raw emotion behind the characters once put in the situations that transpire within the narrative.

With it's setting of Kabuki-Cho (known as the red light district of Tokyo), themes of horror and loneliness I feel "In The Miso Soup" has the potential to create many different concepts and approaches when it comes to creating a title sequence. Since deciding on which book to create a title sequence from I've already started creating some mock title cards, coming up with rough arrangements to how the text should be presented, I also researched into how to present the title in it's native Japanese ("In The Miso Soup" would appear as "インザミソスプ") to help add more variation to the titles cards, you can see this below.


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I plan to do some further development and research into various fonts and develop several ideas from here. I'll also be looking at other title sequences to see what types of methods are used to create the final look.