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John Tory receives an exclusive tour of the new world-class Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada from President Jim Pattison Jr and General Manager Peter Doyle. © 2013
These wasps are like “Oh no you f***ing didn’t!”
My film project, “The Ocean” passed another couple of hurdles in the last week and a half: With the completion of the second draft and all of the storyboard artwork, the film is even closer to production than ever before.
I remember scribbling this idea down in an old notebook back in early 2011. While the scribbles haven’t changed much, a clearer image of the final piece is beginning to show through.
To read the script in its entirety, click here.*
NOTE: I am currently looking for male actors to fill the roles of the two lead characters. Paid work. Also seeking crew for paid work, and the devil to help me pull this off.
According to my wife, Jennifer, I am quickly approaching a tipping point: Do I push on and try to produce the entire outdoor-set film before autumn begins and onslaught that is Canadian weather ruins everything; or do I wait until next spring, use the “dark months” to find the best actors and crew I can, as well as additional funding?
I don’t like putting things off.
And I don’t like that ill feeling that if I do put something off, I’ll lose interest in it.
But I also hate producing shit work.
My wife (and forcefully appointed co-producer) has a good point. Perhaps it is better to wait, to do things right, especially if I’m going to be spending good money on this (more than $0 this time!). I do want it to look good, but, being a perfectionist I know that no matter how much I prepare, the final product will never be perfect in my eyes.
Like a shark, forward I go.
As long as the tipping point doesn’t quickly become a point of no return.
(All of the spent markers used to produce storyboards for “The Ocean”)
* Script and screenplay in any form © 2013 by Andrew Dunlop.
** Storyboards, artwork and all related imagery © 2013 by Andrew Dunlop. All rights reserved.
"New Baby" Announcement: My wife and I came up with the idea, figuring I drink coffee like a maniac, she adores DavidsTea and our baby will likely be jonesin’ for milk.
Sunshine, acrylic on canvas
I have been storyboarding my feature film, The Ocean since the end of April, and I am around 75% finished at this point in time.
This is a much simpler film to storyboard as it takes place in only one location that isn’t a complex glass space ship.
Below you’ll find a sample of some of my favorite panels.
Picture this: For weeks you have been stranded at sea; you’re on the brink of death and your only hope for survival is to negotiate, and plea, for water from a man who is trying to eat you.
That’s how my latest script begins. Bowman finds himself in a stalemate with an unlikely evil character named Carter, while the two men remain stranded in the middle of the ocean.
How far will each man go to survive? What actions will be too dark, too disturbing as they attempt to outlive one another? Who has the real power in this metaphorical stranglehold?
I plan to shoot this film towards the end of summer this year on the shores of Lake Ontario (yes I know, it’s not an ocean; no, I won’t be changing the title). To satisfy my itch of making a good feature length film I have included only two characters and one location in the script; meaning that the dialogue and acting has to be wicked-bad or else the entire project will fall flat.
Which would be a shame because who doesn’t enjoy a movie about cannibalism every now and then?
So I seem to be on a roll shooting videos with the stars of CBC’s Dragon’s Den. Which is odd.
With two down and two to go (come on, we KNOW the others don’t count) I look forward to collecting Robert Herjavec and Jim Treliving like pogs (or like The Collector).
John Tory chats with Kevin O’Leary about his new book, “The Cold, Hard Truth on Men, Money and Women.” Kevin elaborates on dating, marriage and pets. © 2013.
Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den does a PSA for The Breakfast Clubs of Canada. © 2013. Additional footage and images from the Breakfast Clubs of Canada.
Well it’s a new year, sort of, but not where I work as our fiscal calendar ends in August (foggg horrrrrn), though 2012 seemed to conclude like Return of the King (drawn out, awkward smiles and trying very hard not to piss myself). I haven’t blogged in a while because my wife and I moved.
We hate moving. It’s a pain in the ass however I am happy to report we are fully settled into our new place, which feels even more like a home than the last.
And I can finally continue to work on some projects I have put on hold: specifically my storyboards for Ark. It’s a process, believe me. I’ve decided to provide you with an example of the arduous artistic task below.
First I start off with a very rough sketch, or thumbnail. I’m not showing you any of the sketches because they’re embarrassing: Basically I go through a script and etch out the shots I want to draw, to determine the angles, perspective, character elements, etc.
Then I fill in the sketch with some more detailed penciling:
Looks great! So I ink it and erase the pencil markings. I forgot to take a picture. Oops.
Then I shade it:
I grab a toothpick, a cotton ball and white paint. I dot the stars in the scene and then use sheared pieces of the cotton ball to create some of the solar prominences visible in space (context: they’re close to a star):
Then I photocopy it. Twice:
One copy is to preserve, the other is to color.
Here are a couple more examples from the same scene:
I’ve finished 700 frames so far: So I only have to do this 450 more times.
Another project I am working on is a shorter, much more simple film, set in an ocean. I was discussing this with my wife, who is keen on working with me on this. The film will require only two actors and five days of shooting, and will be submitted to a multitude of film festivals. I intend to begin scripting this next month. I will have more updates in the future.
I have also recently updated the video section with a few projects I have worked on in the past six months.