Saturday, December 18

BIG SCARY MONSTER SCRIPTING PROCESS

I've been working really hard to storyboard this project out. Will Sanders and I have been writing this thing for months and months now, it's been difficult being on different sides of the world (he's in Indonesia teaching English), but it's also been a lot of fun. Both a good excuse to set aside blocks of time to talk on Skype with him, and for why it's taking so long. But between both of us working full time, we've almost got a nice short little script put together. This one is going to be titled, "Flying House."

Brief rough synopsis: While babysitting, The Big Scary Monster throws one child's 900-page manuscript onto the roof of their house. To retrieve it, he grows super giant and puts the kids onto the roof, then proceeds to fly it around like an airplane with them on top.

So here is a rough thumbnail of the part with the house flying around, and a more finished storyboard panel.





After getting a copy of the all-words rough script Will Sanders put together, I drew a whole lot of tiny very sketchy little drawings like that first one. I was able to see what worked and what didn't from the written words on the script, and came up with new ideas and jokes. A lot of the jokes that were mostly verbal I found could be done better with little to no dialogue, which is how I hoped it would be.

I put a rough boards script together, e-mailed it off to Indonesia where we talked some more about it. I then spent about two weeks drawing these bigger, more polished boards (in Photoshop w/ my wacom tablet, using only 3 shades of grey and yellow for the monster). I just talked to Will Sanders Thursday night and we came up with fun new ideas, ways to cut it shorter and make it better. So now I'm waiting for his revised draft of the script so I can re-work the boards.

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