|Roy Naisbitt laying out one of his huge backgrounds for the|
Underground tunnel sequence in The Last Belle.
The problem was, our studio wasn't quite big enough to lay this monster out...
...so we had to snake our way through various offices, and walk the length of the building to get a feel for how the artwork was flowing.
|Neil Boyle and Roy Naisbitt discuss how the|
action will play out. Tracer/colour modellist
Samantha Spacey can be seen half a mile off,
at the other end of the layout...
The arrival of one of Roy's completed backgrounds always brought the studio to a standstill, as people wandered up and down along the length of it, heads swivelling, hypnotised. And, as you would with the launch of a new ship, there was usually a bit of a celebratory drink to follow.
The day after, sitting in the peace and quiet of my office, I'd take the first section of the background, stick it on my drawing board, and stare... How on earth was I going to move my character believably through this labyrinthine perspective..?
The answer - as always - was: go make a coffee. Have another think. Make another coffee. And when you can't put it off any longer, reach for a blank sheet of paper, reach for a nice soft pencil, and just start drawing.
It was so much fun.
(The final sequence can be seen at 10:02 here. )