Monday, January 30, 2017

Kenny Vo Wk 1 HW

Favorite Clip

Rough Script

Ext. Forest exit

-          silhouetted Legs slowly trudging along
-          panting and groans coming from person
-          POV, camera swings up and we see light coming through the trees showing an exit
-          shakey cam till light blows everything out and blinds us

Ext. Outside of Villiage

-          Camera is behind a beat up tired character. Scratched and bruised
-          The character runs off towards the villiage
Ext. Inside Village
-          Bells start to ring at the village and camera is POV of a villager getting ready to fight off the character
-          Inserts of people grabbing weapons , getting ready at their posts and fortifying walls

Ext. Outside Villiage

-          Man Running at the village in a semi animalistic way
-          Traps spring up but aren’t able to stop the man
-          Man gets to the villiage gate and is about to knock on the gate but is blind sided by a trap that was already set up
-          Villagers approaching man with weapons pointed at him
-          First shot of characters face with an innocent grin putting his hands up.
-          Camera rotates to reveal that he is actually hanging upside down caught in a trap

-          Rumbling comes from characters stomach and he faints from hunger

Assignment 1: Jo

Part 1: Clip Review

The opening sequence from the Little Witch Academia OVA (the first one and I am still salty that the series is only released on Netflix Japan.)

(I could only find the opening sequence in I think this is Portuguese, maybe it's Spanish? )

I love this scene because I think it captivates the audiences attention to figure out what will happen next, and its really cute with a mix of PG-rate action. Oh yeah! 

The scene begins with (tilts down/ pans down/tracks down) of the stage to the crowd establishing the shot until we get eye-level.

0:13  MLS? At almost the center of the shot you see a character who is in a different color scheme than the other characters (later you find out that she is the rival of the main characters FORESHADOWING YAY!)

0:17 MS of the main character Atsuko as a child. The shot stays for a while longer to establish oh yeah this is a character, probably a main character. You see that she sees something to the left.

0:20 It cuts to a different scene as an LS. There is a star twinkling from a far.

0:23 It goes back to the main characters face and like she goes "oh shit what"

0:24 Cuts back to the stars and then you realize oh crap there are more stars! Then it cuts back to the main characters and then shes like oh shit what! and they move which makes you realize well shit is going to go down because either those are not stars or they are meteorites going to destroy the world. 

0:28 Scene cuts to the stars and they move towards the stage going back to what was established in the beginning of the scene.

0:31 Cuts to the inside of the stage because we followed the stars towards this rod and pans upward so we see the whole staff/rod. 

0:31 Goes back to the girl and she's happy so that indicates oh so they aren't going to die but that this part of the show.

0:31 Cuts back to the staff going all sparkly and supernatural lights. Then through an ms/cowboy shot the witch emerges.

0:44 Cuts to her landing and reveals her face with a close up shot.  Then we pan out as she announces who she is and we the crowd and their cheers

0:53 She does some more magic things and see the crowd we the girl all excited.

0:55 The staff was in the air is caught. In a MLS we see fancy moves and flaring magic rays.  We cut to the crowd where they go "ooohhh" as we follow the light rays

1:07 and then we track to these awesome magic light energy gates emerging 

1:12 the camera/shots follow her magic and leads to the crowns

1:17 cuts to the main character as she hears a growling noise

1:20 cuts to a shot where we see the monster

1:25 LS we see the monster and its giant. We then go back to the mian characters to see her reactions.

Then an epic battle ensues for the majority of the rest of the sequence where we follow the witches magic and monster through back and forth cuts to its defeat

It ends with an extreme close up of the main character revealing the reflection of the magic witch within her eyes!

Part 2: Description of scenario where main characters is revealed

Intro Scenario of Main Character

            It's late afternoon and there is a slightly run down house that seems to be abandoned and someone is humming. Through the kitchen door way leading outside you see the back of a squatting figure rummaging through something.   The "boy" is shoving bones into a back in a obliviously clumsy fashion and on the back of the backpack in the lower right corner the viewer/you see a letter "O" while the other letters are still hidden.

            The scene cuts to a long road in a somewhat desolate desert scene.  The bus is old and makes nerve-wracking noises. The boy is waiting for bus at the bus stop. The bus stops and after a few seconds the door opens with a loud whoosh and exhaust fumes flare out. The bus driver is a ugly goblin decked out in union bus uniform and he has one glowing eye and a mullet. The boy enters the bus and hands his ticket to the driver before heading towards the end of the bus. The bus driver looks at the ticket and taken a back before loudly asking the boy where he is going.
The boy slows down and turns his head, we see his face, and responds, "Home." before turning and his full body is revealed. 

There is an outline of what kind of shots might be used but I need to reword it


Assignment 1: Clip and short verbal description of character intro scene.

Assignment 1

Part 1.
Clip that I like:

Star Wars Episode 7. Opening scene.

I think the best thing about the clip is the use of lighting in the scene. Everything is carefully framed and lit to create a sense of danger and tension.
Timing: There seems to be different bursts of speed and pauses to the movie that prevent it from becoming monotonous, though the entire scene unfolds at a much faster rate than the Original and Prequel movies. The dark mood suits this part of the story very well.

Clip available here:

Several key details about the scene:
  • The scene connects the main character to the problem/goal for the story which is finding look and it keeps you constantly focused on what is going on, particularly the First Order troops trying to catch Poe and obtain the information about Luke’s location.
  • The scene changes initially appears to lead you to the conclusion that Poe will be the main character of the story, and sets up Finn for something, but ends with Poe being captured and BB8 trying to figure out what to do next.
  • The scene sets up BB8 as the McGuffin and also introduces several important characters and the villain.
  • It definitely makes you somewhat afraid for the fate of Poe who is captured, and Finn who is clearly not in love with the job of being a stormtrooper.
  • The subtext of what’s going on is pretty clear.

Other positive details and pitfalls avoided:

  • All of the dialogue in the scene contributes to the story
  • It tells a necessary part of the story.
  • Completely driven by the central problem.
  • Times are definitely not good for the protagonists.
  • The motivations of all characters are made slightly evident.
  • You definitely experience parts of the scene as Finn when he’s breathing in heavily and looks conflicted about what he’s been sent there to do.
  • You definitely feel the fear and disgust of Finn as well as some exhilaration and fear of Kylo Ren.
  • Overall it’s a very entertaining scene.

Part 2.

Personal Project: The Red Tyrant

A once noble warrior mage (Overlord Bram) who fought in many battles and conquered a good portion of the world has become an evil tyrant who now seeks dominion over the rest of it. Opposing him are a ragtag group of rebels, small kingdoms and temple guardians who hope to protect the last remaining sources of magical power from falling into Bram’s control.

Once Bram gains control of all remaining ancient temples he will be able to control the flow of magical power in the world.


Overlord: Bram (tentative name).

Evil tyrant antagonist (anti-hero?).

Capable of fighting as both a warrior and a mage, Bram was once a hero from a small kingdom. After his kingdom was invaded by its powerful neighbor and most of the people he cared about were slain, his heart became hardened. What began as a quest to to liberate his people escalated into a desire for ultimate power. With each new victory his ambition and desire for revenge grew, until there was little left of the once proud warrior he used to be.

Now the Overlord of a vast empire he seeks ultimate power and control over the world and its sources of magical energy. Still keeping some aspects of his time as a hero he likes to personally participate in battles and use his tremendous magical abilities to lay waste to those who stand in his way. He leads armies of disciplined soldiers who march like roman legions to all corners of the known world.

Supreme Temple Guardian: Rayamund

An ancient mage with the power to direct the flows of magic in the northern areas of the world. He is the last of the northern temple guardians and controls the most powerful temple in the north, along with all of its secrets.

The Hero: Jayna

Given the scepter after Rayamund’s shield collapses, the hero is tasked with keeping it from falling into the hands of the Overlord.

Other details:

The Scepter of the North:

An ancient artifact capable of channeling the powers of the ancient Northern Temple.

The Northern Temple:

A massive structure built on top of an area where magical energies gather. Unlike other temples, the power of the Northern Temple was channeled into the Scepter of the North and the one who holds it controls the vast majority of its energies, though temple monks are also able to channel small amounts of its power.

Assignment 1: Introduce a character: Bram the Overlord.
  • We see a large military camp full of soldiers and tents.
  • We zoom in to the biggest tent.
  • Inside, we see an attendant fastening someone’s armor.
  • Another attendant working on the man’s the boots.
  • Another one attaches his gauntlet.
  • From the man’s POV we see someone hand him a sword.
  • He grabs it.
  • He puts in it a scabbard, still in POV while an attendant brings him his helmet.
  • POV He grabs the helmet, camera holds a bit at him looking at the helmet.
  • Cut to some time later. A banner surrounded by spears waves in the sky. The banner has the symbol of the Overlord.
  • Shot of the troops’ feet as they march in orderly fashion, their ordered march shows that they are a disciplined and capable force.
  • Long lens shot of the troops marching in an orderly fashion (muted perspective shot that we talked about).
  • Establishment shot of the army approaching an enormous temple covered in intricate designs.
  • Shot from the rear of the army showing the Overlord towering over the others.
  • Zoom into the rear of the overlord.
  • Shot of the Overlord’s horse’s hooves as it marches forward, carrying Bram.
  • Shot of the O’s horse’s head looking all menacing and angry, reflecting the personality of the Overlord.
  • SHot of the design of the overlord’s helmet.
  • Wide shot showing the overlord at the head of his troops from the side.
  • The overlord begins to draw his sword.
  • He lifts his sword and raises it above his head in a threatening manner.
  • Close up of the overlord’s face covered in shadow from his helmet, a smirk in his face.
  • Back to the temple.
  • Slow zoom into the temple balcony, demonstrating the huge scale of the temple.
  • We see an old man (Rayamund, the leader of the Temple Guardians) looking through a telescope, accompanied by a few temple monks.
  • We see the silhouette of the Overlord through the looking glass, holding his sword in the air.
  • Rayamund puts the telescope down.
  • Shot of Rayamund frowning.
  • Shot of Rayamund addressing his monks. “Bring the scepter.”
  • Shot of Rayamund holding the scepter, its power manifested as green flames flowing in the wind.
  • Shot of the Overlord’s expression, a smile that reaches his face, as he savors the prospect of unleashing his power on the Temple Guardians.
  • The Overlord lowers his sword, aiming it at the temple.
  • Power begins to gather around the sword as visible black tendrils.
  • The Overlord’s horse rears as even more power gathers around the sword.
  • A black lightning bolt emanates from the sword at rapid speed, aimed at the Temple.
  • Shot of Rayamund holding his scepter in the air defiantly.
  • Wider shot of Rayamund as his scepter also gathers power.
  • Shot of the black lightning hitting a barrier conjured by Rayamund.
  • Shot of Rayamund concentrating as he tries to fight off the Overlord’s magic. Sweat forming on his face
  • Wider shot of Rayamund’s scepter with swirling energy around it.
  • Shot of sweat dripping from Bram’s brow as he strains to force his way through Rayamund’s magical barrier.
  • Eventually both sides manage to cancel each other out. Exhausting their magical power.
  • Bram orders his troops to advance on the temple.
  • Shot of his soldiers charging forward, storming the temple.

  • Shot of Rayamund, exhausted, calling forward one of his monks, a girl named Jayna. “Jayna, come here.”
  • “Yes, Guardian. Are you alright.”
  • “No, I am not, that assault by Bram took everything I had to repel.”
  • “You must survive Guardian, without you who will protect the Temple?”
  • “The temple will fall today, there is only one hope, you must take the Scepter as far away from here as possible. Without it, Bram will not be able to control the Temple’s power.”
  • “Me? I can’t, I don’t…”
  • “You are the most talented of the young ones. The most talented I have seen in a long time. In truth, I’d hoped you’d replace me one day. I guess that day is today.
  • Jayna looks at Rayamund, tears forming in her eyes.
  • “The rest of the monks and I will try to fight off Bram’s troops, he has likely already expended most of his power trying to break through the barrier. Go to the underground passage way and get the scepter as far away from here as you can. Go to the resistance.”

Wk 1 HW - Clip review

Here's one of my favorite clips from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Edgar Wright is one of my favorite directors and in general I enjoy anything he's had a hand in making.

Open WS. (Establishing)

Every cut gets closer and closer building tension and singling out important characters.

Screen direction followed - screen left is the good team (Scott’s group), screen right opponents (Envy’s group)

Camera moves are motivated (holds on Ramona and tracks following her to reveal Scott as she leans in).

Camera slowly pushes in to add more tension.

Tertiary characters (Knives and Julie) almost always centered or face camera straight on. (Avoid both screen directions)

Good rhythm/flow is seen when Knives gets punched and camera mimics her movements followed by Scott’s reaction movements.
Knives’s body (as it falls to the ground) is also used as a wipe between cuts.

The line gets crossed after Todd punches Knives (both in camera as it is in story). 

All this sets the stage for the action that’s moments away from beginning. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Character Intro/Entrance Scene

Here're some interesting character introduction sequences in movies:

notice for lots of main stream big budget blockbuster movies, men's intros defer greatly from women's intros.

Some Fun Video Clips to Watch

Hi everyone, Here're just some video clips/animatics clips I found that are interesting to look at.


dutch angle:

rack focus: 

shallow depth of field:

deep depth of field:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Assignment 1 Questions

So about how long in terms of time (or how many frames) should we be shooting for in the first assignment? Like as long as the Jinx video?

Friday, January 13, 2017


Welcome to SPRING 2017 Term!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Brainstorm School SPRING 2017 term! Thank you for enrolling in AD4!
Here are some important bits of information for the upcoming term.
First day of class:  January 23rd, 2017, Monday, 7:30PM – 10:30 PM (3 Hour course)
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for street parking. 
- Students are not allowed to park in the building’s lot due to building regulations.
Come prepared with your Materials:
- Sketchbook for notes & sketching: Cottonwood brand recommended:
- Pens or Pencil for notes & sketching
- Laptop (laptops are allowed in class to take notes with)
- Photoshop: We recommend CS2 or higher
- Tablet: Wacom brand recommended
Required for homework:
- Computer: Desktop or Laptop (laptops are allowed in class to take notes with)
- Photoshop: We recommend CS2 or higher
- Tablet: Wacom brand recommended
Attached is a map of the school. We encourage students to carpool with classmates if available.
Brainstorm School
223 W Palm Ave
Burbank, Ca 91502