MAKING THE INSECT BALLET: DIVING IN

At this point, 13 films have made their way to the list of that will make up the full album. Most of them are still vague ideas but four of them are pretty solid ideas. One of them being this insect ballet.

A while back I did a motion study of a ballerina, which was totally out of my comfort zone. I’m not exactly a ballet type of guy so I have no idea about anything when it comes to ballet dance. I learned a lot during the making of that film, especially that the expression of emotion mainly comes from the arms. The arms are the “eyebrows”. I’m going to be continuing to implement what I learned about the movement of a ballerina and apply it to insects. More appendages equals more emotion, I think.

The appendages I designed for “The Dying Swan” are sort of like those of an insect. Here’s the film for reference:

One thing I had to remember during the pre-production of this insect ballet film was to eliminate things that aren’t necessary to help speed up the process. For example, I sat down to do storyboards and after 15 minutes here’s where they ended up:

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So I’m back to working without storyboards and it feels really good. I’ve planned every shot in this film in my head but I still want to leave room for improvisation and surprises. If I was working with a team, it would probably be necessary to pre-visualize the shot ideas to them. But, I’m not…so…bye bye boards.

All of the films on this album will have a commentary on the mechanisms of power and control. I don’t want to give away what the commentary in this film is, but I will share some references for the insect designs:

And here’s a sneak peek of the style as it stands right now:

A dazed housefly.

Rough design of a fleet of dragonflies.

Lastly, never forget the importance of staying organized:

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Stay tuned for more as this progresses…♠️