Monday, January 12, 2009

Mech Daddy

I'm a huge giant robot nerd. Working in Los Angeles, you don't get a chance to direct many shows about giant robots. So when Jorge gave me a chance, I really wanted to do a good job.
One thing I tried to do was push the contrasts - between close ups and wide shots:
Contrasts of small objects and large objects
Between wanton destruction and suburban life

Three dimensional character movement and two dimensional character movement.
Contrast between dark interiors and bright interiors
The rockets not starting was a little experiment in adding tension...

There's a killer shot missing here of Giant Robot Sanchez flying above the clouds with his children in his hand - and the bright sun at his back. It was put in after the pitch because of a suggestion by Audrey Diehl -one of our Network Executives, who always had really good ideas.
I think the shot worked so well because it nicely contrasted all of the tension built up at the end of the sequence.

Contrast between fast cuts and long cuts. This last shot ended up over 20 seconds long. The previous 20 shots were all shorter than three.
It was an experiment, and I think it came off. And if we had more episodes, I definitely would have tried to do more. 


Mukpuddy said...

Looks like a rad episode dude!

Owen Flanagan said...

Amazing boards, I love the second panel were the robot is about to squash Manny and his dad there is great weight in it, the whole thing excellent.

eeTeeD said...

hi. i really like your work, and appreciate that you share it here on your blog.

it's been a while since you've updated. won't you please let us know what projects you've been working on?