Thursday, October 15, 2009
Neill, I'm not sure how to say this...but I'm not going to be able to post for awhile. I know, I know. I have a few freelance gigs I have got to work on and my day job is keeping me pretty busy, and mentally fatigued at night. Not to mention, I just found out that they have the complete series of The Mysterious Cities of Gold on Hulu. It's a little dated, but much better than most the cartoon trash for kids these days. Later on in the series there is some great design. Seriously, you can take the time that you would have used looking at this blog and watch the show. I will post when I can though, I'm sure I can squeeze something in here.
So these comic pages are for my idea about D 10. They are super loose, and unfinished. For anybody else who doesn't want spoilers to D 9; DO NOT READ. Just for legal reasons let me say again that my ideas are fair game to Neill. If they create some jumping off point, go for it. If you're far less creative than I think you are, then steal it. No worries. Highlight to read:
mc001: MNU troopers storm the D 10 camp. There's a reason for it, but basically human support for the aliens is at an all time low. So in panel 1 they are pushing the aliens back, away from media camera's. It's genocide. Panel 2 is Wikus, who has kept a very low and lonely profile up until this point. Prawns are running and dying all around him, as seen in panels 3 and 4. Close up on sad Wikus eyes.
mc002: Panel 1 Wikus turns his head. In panel two we see what he is looking at ; two small prawns running from an MNU agent. Wikus turns to the kids to scoop them up as the agent bears down on them (Panel 3). In panel four we see Wikus retaliate on the agent, kicking (killing) him.
mc003: In panel 1 we see Wikus heading towards a group of stunned prawns. Panel 2 is the prawns talking over one another asking for Wikus to help them. Their hive like minds grab onto his defiance against the MNU and make him an impromptu leader (There is another who has risen from the Hive mind, but is not featured in these pages). In panel 4 we see Wikus looking around at a lost for what to say. In panel 5 we see Wikus' point of view. Through two tents Wikus sees that there are reporters behind the D 10 fence with cameras.
mc004: Panel 1, Wikus instructs the prawns to run towards the cameras. Panel 2 is a top down shown of the prawns running. Panel 3 is a man holding a news camera. Next is a shot of Wikus running with the kids in news footage (Panel4). Panel 5 is a close up of the scared kids. If you went documentary style with this film, like the last, I would add in a clip of someone talking about how quickly public perception can change. Something about how Mom's and Dad's across the world suddenly saw them as children instead of roaches. More eloquently than that, but you get the idea.
mc005: Panel 1 has the prawns now surrounded by MNU agents. The agents can't fire on the prawns though because of the camera's, deeper inside the camp it could look like a fight, but here right in front of the media, it would be a massacre. Panel 2 is the agents removing the media element. Panel 3 is the agents preparing a firing line. Panel 4 is the agents surrounding the prawns. They can't fire because of the circle they're in (Sort of like Wounded Knee, but the MNU agents are smarter and don't fire at eachother).
mc006: Panel 1 has Wikus looking at the kids and telling them to 'burrow in'. It's a little melodramatic, but I like it. My favorite scene from your film is only a few seconds long. It's when Christopher scoops up little CJ as he runs towards the ship. As a Dad who loves being a Dad, that scene almost brought tears to my eyes. It's fucking perfect. Panel 2 is the kids 'burrowing in' to Wikus' chest. Panel 3 has a shadow passing over them, one of the little prans looks up and begins chirping. Wikus looks up to the the MNU agents running away (Panel 4).
mc007: Wikus and the other Prawns are seen looking up, as a massive ship hovers above them.
I was going to have it make a loud 'VNNNNNNN' noise, but I think it's better if I save that for the end. These pages would be from the first half of the movie.
So there it is. I realize I should have storyboarded them out instead of going for comic pages, but hindsight is always 20/20. I would imagine lots of shaky came and chaos, but didn't want to draw little shake lines all over everything. It's hard, I can see it so clearly in my head, not coming out right on paper.