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Making mountains

Today we moved on to visualising Jimmy reaching the top of a mountain and looking out at a magnificent view.


As we worked out the mountain scene we realised that we could use two scales for this scene. For Jimmy reaching the top of the mountain we can film the scene backlit. So jimmy is in silhouette as he reaches the top.  For this we can use a small model  of a mountain vista.


Then we can switch to jimmy’s POV (point of view).  Or an over the shoulder shot of the larger scale puppet. As Jimmy takes in the view – including clouds below and a rainbow.


Filming in this way should cut down the amount of large mountain we have to build. We may be able to get away with just creating a layered cyclorama.


Towards the end of today we moved on to looking at a scene set in a tea plantation which we will continue with next time.

Choosing scales

I continued building scenes from the mountain side trip today. It is difficult to know to what scale to build things to at the moment.

We spent the morning building and filming a coach driving along a mountain path. This led us to decide to build things in two scales.  One to match the main Jimmy puppet size: 1 foot is 1 inch. One a smaller scale which will enable us to create expansive vistas.

I built a mountain side pathway. Having not been to India, my reference for this model is the French Alps. I have driven through them in s small car. Another reference is the end scenes of the original Italian Job movie.

When we filmed a test for the coach scene I filmed the coach disappearing from view. For pacing it may be good to let the vehicle go off behind the scenery and then come back on after a delay .

Don’t forget an animated map

Today we started building mock-ups of the scenes set in India. Jimmy worked on a mock up of the mountain. We want to get a sense of travelling up precarious narrow mountain roads. To this end we will incorporate a close up of the coach wheels knocking boulders off the road down into the valley. We will use this to create a sense of jeopardy.


We also built the outside of the airport. This will be the first part of the story set in India. We want to get across a sense of arrival. The extreme heat hitting you as you go from the air conditioned airport to outside.


We filmed animatics of the scenes we had worked on at the end of the session. This helped us to see where we could combine ideas. For instance the airport arrival scene can start with the aeroplane roaring over head. Then the camera tilting down to show Jimmy’s arrival.

The audience will think that Jimmy is on the aeroplane, but then see that he has already arrived. This will propel the story forward.


I also drew out some storyboards to cover the opening of the film. I could see the importance of incorporating an animated map in the opening sequence. To show the audience where Jimmy is travelling to.


Why are we making another film?

Today we worked building the coach mock up. I made big fat tyres. Later in the session we used an app on my phone to film a few quick shots.

IMG_3691Although somewhat sloppy, they will help to plan out what we will have to make on a larger scale.  At the same time also letting us see what we don’t need to waste time on building.


During the session the question came up: Why are we making another film? For me, the first film was about someone making positive steps to break the cycle of their dependency. This was great for showing at conferences etc. But this new film continues by saying that’s not the end – real life is not that cut and dried. Dependency and addiction are an ongoing problem.