As I mentioned, I am working with the composers “The Bengsons” on their upcoming opera, The Proof.
I decided for this assignment to focus on the most challenging moment of the story for me: The point in which the husband is diagnosed with a fatal illness. I chose this moment precisely because it scares me the most.
I knew that I wanted the world, and objects in it, to come to life in this section of the story. After watching several stop-motion examples last week I started sketching a few images. The ones that stuck with me was the image of glowing latex gloves. I decided that I wanted a fleet of them to enter the scene.
Below you will see the story boards I am currently working with, and a super rough rehearsal recording of the track. I have also begun several demos at creating the glowing hand. Sadly, I haven’t achieved it yet. But I made another trip to Compleat Sculptor today. A women there was extremely helpful, and helped me come up with another method of attack. I have also reached out to a few friends of mine who work with puppets for their help in crafting the first hand.
My aim is to have at least two working before the shoot.
Two more things with noting: I plan on pixilation as my main approach to this video. And so the ‘set’ will be a primarily white room. With projections on the wall, as we shoot. The other thing is to note that this is not necessarily part of the design that will be in the opera itself. Rather it is an exercise and experiment with an aesthetic. The main goal here is how to capture what a moment feels like to the characters, and portray thefeeling visually.
Lift Me Rehearsal