Hawley Pratt and Tom O’loughlin for Paderna
December 2, 2009
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I’ve taken a few screen captures for you to help with your film. Your film is very-very simple and only has one scene, so I’m going to push you on design and help you make your film more “cinematic” for a single scene.
You’re going to hear this buzzword a lot in your portofolio critiques from studios. It’s used so often, I feel that it’s a term that many verbally lazy directors will use to describe a storyboard tests where a scene moves in front of a camera instead of the camera moving though the scene and taking audience along with it. Cinematic in the context of your single scene film, Justin, means using 2 and 3 point perspective to make the scene less flat and more interesting for the audience to view. 3 point perspective and forced angles also makes the audience feel that they exist within the scene as they sit in a dark theatre.
Hawley Pratt was rather conservative as an artist and didn’t force perspective as much as Maurice Noble, but his work is still effective. Therefore, he should be a good layout artist for you to imitate at your current skill level, Justin. Tom O’loughlin’s renderings can also be replicated in Flash or Illustrator to a certain extent. Just work in planes and values with very few lines. Lines can clutter up a BG and compete for attention with the character in most cases. O’Loughlin’s style will make your scene richer and give it a nice polish for a demo reel piece:)
I added this scene just because it’s so darn funny!
Another good cartoon with Hawley Pratt layouts and Tom O’Loughlin and Irv Wyner’s background renders is:
Hyde and Hare
These are all Friz’ cartoons:)