Monday, March 9, 2009

music video outline

So I wrote up a more detailed music video plotline. The premise of the outline will most likely to stay unchanged, but the details will be up for changes and new ideas. I'm going to start doing some thumbnail sketches this week and next week. I'll post some of them on the blog, not to spoil away too much. Once I finish the storyboards I'll pitch them to the band. And... we'll see how things go from there! I'll also setup a schedule/calendar after the storyboards are done. Then we'll know what is needed to be done.

outline here!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Color thumbnails

I did some early sketches and I colored them. The environment is mostly desert like. There will be boulders, few tree sticks here and there, but I think keeping it simple will be easy to film and less set to be built. I think a lot of work will be put into lighting.

This is an idea for the opening shot, establishing the atmosphere.

A giant flying shark in the end. It shoots laser out of its mouth. I think the cat eye on the shark will look more devious. The tallest building in hell is protected by the shark. The building leads the band out of hell. The shark could come out of the water.

This is a scene when Jared meets Meg, who is a water demon. I want to change the scene to a bridge over water scene instead of the boat. The boat could be used in the end for the shark battle. That could be intense... like everyone gets eaten or something. Then we can do a inside of shark scene (like Disney's Pinocchio)

More to come! I'm fairly busy at work but I'll try my best to keep them coming.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

some initial early designs

Hey guys. So this will be the official blog for the music video project for "Jared Mees and the Grown Children". So far the music video project is directed to the song "The Tallest Building in Hell" (TTBH). Jared did express his enthusiasm at a new song "oh my oh god" new remix, but for now we'll continue with TTBH. And below are my early initial costume/character designs for the band members, follow with Julian's idea of Jared riding an ostrich in the beginning of the video.


So the premise of the video story is that Jared is a lost soul in hell. He sees the tower that leads out of the underworld. Along his journey, he makes contact with four demons/spirits (the grown children). Each demon has a weapon or accessory that will aid Jared to climb the tower. He trades a musical instrument for say... a sword or an illuminating crown. At the climax of the story, Jared battles a flying shark that shoots laser/fire out of its mouth. He defeats the shark but is too exhausted to leave. That's when the demons come back and guide him to the top of the tower and out of hell. That is just the brief of it. We'll update the story more once we have storyboards.

I've been doing some research on demon designs. Here's an interesting book from the 18th century on demon and evil spirits of the Christian and Judaism mythology.