Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over My Shoulder

Just discovered FaceTime can record movies. Thought I'd show how crazy things are here with the full set up right behind me. Got everything decked out for the full Bug Party scene.

Storyboard and new puppet showcase coming soon...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Halfland Trailer #1 Script

Halfland Trailer #1 Script – 4/5/2014

Voice Over Artist: MJM (Luckily for me, a friend with the deepest, richest, most full-throated tones I've ever heard, with a marvelous precise Spanish accent and her wonderful foreign enunciation of English) *Emphasis to be weighted on underscored words. [Spoken style as though an important story is being told for the first time to the world.]

[Ext, Day: looking up into handmade paper sky, camera pans downward ] [slow, peaceful]
...Let me tell you of a New Folktale…
[majestic music, chords, nature sounds; bird song, breezes] [00:03]

[Ext, Day: long shot of sky dawning over Rana's cottage and landscape] [nearly still]
...It's about a world between the worlds called, Halfland.
[majestic music, chords, nature sounds; bird song, breezes] [00:06]

[Ext, Day: camera moving slightly closer] [barely moving]
Where everything is half of something else.
[softer music, stranger chords, attention shimmer, nature sounds; bird song, breezes] [00:04]

[Fade down to brown-----transition------fade up] [00:02]

[Ext, Day: camera careens over picket fence and front garden toward Rana's cottage] [slow, like drifting]
Many creatures make their home there.
[pleasant music, nature sounds, sung abstract tones] [00:03]

[Ext, Day: camera slowly pans through Answer Tree branches] [slow, languid]
Some, among the branches of the Answer Tree.
[pleasant music, nature sounds, sung abstract tones] [00:04]

[Ext, Day: among branches, birds in hats arguing over the hand mirror: each bird in hat, flying, landed, tug-of-war over mirror, tussle, hat falling, looking down on sleeping cat below, cat doesn't move, just opens one eye when hat lands on his head.] [swift cuts]
Where birds in hats argue over vanity.
[loudly bickering birds, tussling of cardboard hat boxes, hat landing on sleeping cat with dull thud] [00:05]

[Ext, Evening, Change of light; glimpse of luna moth-winged Yanu in Answer Tree canopy carrying the moon lantern and hanging it on a high branch.] [quick cross cutting]
Where a mothman hangs the moon lantern each night.
[pleasant music, nature sounds, wind through leaves, butterfly wings flapping] [00:05]

[Fade down to brown-----transition------fade up] [00:02]

[Int, Night; Rana sits in armchair by the fire silently sewing, inset close-up of her pulling the needle] [peaceful, homey]
Hidden in her woodland cottage, Rana awaits a friend from the sea...
[wooden creaks, fire crackle, gentle sigh, thread running through cloth] [00:06]

fade down to brown------transition------fade up [00:02]

[Ext, Night; abstract darkness, shadowy figure riding a creature, neither ever actually seen] [desperate quick cross cutting]
...While another struggles to reach there in time.
[Woman breathing heavily, howling wind, baby crying, glass breaking, running horse hooves, sung disturbing tones] [00:04]

[Ext, Day, frog in motion leaping; cut to close-up of clock eye] [quick cross cutting]
Not the Time that is kept nearby...
[pond splash, clock ticking, crickets] [00:03]

[Ext, Day; desert set, close-up as sprout emerges from Tarn's black hair and grows in time lapse to blossom into flower ] [peaceful slow motion]
…But in time to have all her hopes realized.
[Eastern style music, attention shimmer, unfolding chords, sung abstract tones, ringing crystal bowl, bird wing whipping through air] [00:04]

[Fade down to brown-----transition------fade up] [00:02]

[Ext, Night, sampling of the bug party festivities] [quick cross cutting]
Come along, and discover for yourself what you already knew.
[Bug Party band music, insect noise, party clatter/chatter, relentless air horn blowing] [00:05]

[Ext, Day, medium shot of Rana smiling with a wink in front of her cottage] [slow, peaceful]
Watch what happens, in Halfland…
[pleasant music, nature sounds] [00:05]

[Vintage sepia spyglass distressed framing] [slow, flickering, becomes steady when name and tag appear.]
Fade to brown with sounds still on. Up with name plate.
[pleasant music, nature sounds] [00:03]


[Visual Shots]
[Sound Design]
[Pace/Speed of Cutting]
Total Estimated Runtime [00:66]
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