August 25, 2011
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I am referencing the cinematography from Yankee Doodle Dandy for the opening of Detour thru your Mind. I was on the fence about doing this for quite sometome until the following three occurrences:
- My director at Storytime Pictures telling me that referencing staging is alright so long and all novice filmmakers do so, for that how you learn cinematography
- Disney Feature’s use of film reference for Beauty and Beast, Aladdin and the Hunchback of Notre Dame in various shots
- Recruiters who constantly tell me that my boards need to be more cinematic.
Therefore, I am swallowing my pride and doing as the Romans do.
I think the result is a much stronger opening. I even included my characters from HipChick Comics. I think Tuner Classic Movies had an animated station ID similar to this set up, so I am not alone in referencing this cinematographer. Perhaps this very cinematographer referenced someone else? Who knows. I just hope the end result justifies the means.
It’s a mess now, and yes I am aware that the shot is a continuous camera movement and not a series of cuts as shown in the board. I should be able to sort everything out in layout. We’ll see. This is my project for the semester as I teach my students. I find that I am more sympathetic to their pain when I am working projects of my own. Detour Through Your Mind has 3 scenes completed thanks to the company of my students. Love you guys.
Let the fall 20111 semester begin!