Sunday, 23 February 2014

Labyrinth

Here are three sections of the background artwork for the 'falling drunkenly through the London Underground' sequence of The Last Belle, designed by layout maestro Roy Naisbitt:



The brief was to design these backgrounds so they reflect the drunken state of our central character - all woozy, billowing shapes and lines.

The three sections in this picture are physically joined together onto one long roll, but separated in this photo so they're easier to view here. In fact these three images make up only about a third of the full length of this particular background. At some point I must get around to having the full extent of the artwork photographed as some of these backgrounds are over 35ft long, and 30inches wide, to accomodate the dynamics of the camera wildly zooming and rotating across them. The artwork was never intended to be viewed like this; in the final sequence each part is revealed only in small chunks as the camera passes along. But nonetheless, seen out flat like this, they still have an incredibly mesmerising charm.





Bravo to Roy Naisbitt, a truly unique artist! I count myself extremely privileged to have his beautiful contributions in The Last Belle.

9 comments:

  1. So bad ass. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Yeah, Roy is a very special artist. I've always felt his work from over the years - layouts from the Pink Panther titles, The Thief, Roger Rabbit, A Christmas Carol, and so forth - should be housed in a cinema museum for people to look at up close. He has such a unique eye...

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  2. I love these crazy backgrounds. It does my head in trying to think how he created them. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Despite the fact I sat right next to Roy as he created these pieces of artwork, it does my head in too, Richard! The man's a genius!

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  3. Just wondering, is there any chance for The Last Belle to be released on youtube?

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    1. Yes, The Last Belle will very shortly be released to YouTube... stay tuned to this blog for the announcement..!

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    2. Muchas gracias, truteal!

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  4. Just saw the film on YouTube. That scene would have been great due to the animation alone, but these backgrounds elevate it to a level of total brilliance. I'm so glad to see them posted here. Bravo!

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