Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The RISE of the GUARDIANS opens in theatres everywhere. I had a great deal to do with nearly every aspect of the development, green light, and early production of this film, wearing many hats along the way. Over the next couple of months I will be sharing much of my experience as a development artist, story artist, and designer throughout the production. Above is one of my later development pieces of the villain, “PITCH”…the“Boogey Man” . Here I was playing with the idea of Pitch having to manifest/pull himself out of the darkness to take a brief, and eerie "human" form. I pushed hard throughout the entire development process (from late 2007) to not just treat Pitch like a dude in a costume, but only have him take a somewhat "human" form when needing to coerce or deceive (more on that later). In the end I lost that battle and the Pitch in the final film ended up being very much a dude in a costume. Making films is a long process with countless twists, turns, debates, and decisions along the way. This film was quite an adventure, and I will share much more on the overall development of The RISE of the GUARDIANS in the weeks and months to come. Happy Holidays all!