Category Archives: Story Development

True Crime TV Documentary as a model

After some thought on the subject, I realized that I already have plenty of authentic voices for my film: the original witnesses! I am in the process of going over the depositions and cleaning up the spelling and punctuation, and … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Narration

 I have watched the last version of the animatic (#4) a few times, and haven’t been happy with it, so I spent some time last night watching the following shorts that have a narrator: Two by Torill Kove: My Grandmother … Continue reading

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Expanding before contracting?

After the last animatic, I was concerned with the length of the film and a lot of the historical exposition minimizing the impact of the key scene of lighting the farts on fire, and I was listening to Jane’s input … Continue reading

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Take 3 on the Storyboards

After going over the feedback from Melissa West and Melissa Gabelman (thank you, both!) on the previous version of the animatic, I have gone back and redone the storyboards again, to make a new animatic, entirely from the storyboard drawings. … Continue reading

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Rethinking My Workflow

I have found that I need to spend more time polishing the overall composition and timing of the film before I get too far into the specific drawings.  This is how Richard Williams describes how to proceed in the Animator’s … Continue reading

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Preliminary rough animatic posted

I’ve put together a very rough animatic, based on my storyboards for the film, but it is available this week on Vimeo only to this week’s preview audience members and people who are assisting me: There are major timing issues … Continue reading

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“Blue Blazes” Inspiration Board, and more

This week is devoted to putting a lot of pieces in place. The first is to create an inspiration board for the film, which I’ve done at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/margoburns/blue-blazes-inspiration-board/ So far it has a lot of images of horses making … Continue reading

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Production is under way on the “Blue Blazes” segment of Salem Witch Tales!

I have started production on the first segment of Salem Witch Tales: The Animated Documentary, with “Blue Blazes”, the true story of a farmer and his brother-in-law who try to cure a sick mare by lighting its farts on fire … Continue reading

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