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Moment of Realization

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Here's a rough sketch/layout idea I did for Brother Bear.

But first, a little back story. Originally, Kenai was a little bear, and he met up with an older bear called Grizz. The father son relationship is similar to the final version that audiences saw. In the final version, the Kenai character was switched, having to step up to the plate and become the father/mentor. It was a very interesting twist and an improvement to the original story.

In this scene, Kenai (the young bear version) wanders into an abandoned human village. Longing to be human once again, he goes into one of the dwellings. Feeling trapped in this bear's body, he collapses on the floor in resignation.

Grizz sets off to find Kenai and discovers him in the dwelling. But, as he arrives, he's contrasted between the scary version of a bear drawn in the petroglyph, and himself in the same shot.

My intention was to have the camera start with Kenai feeling trapped, and then pan over to reveal the petroglyph on the wall ... and then Grizz steps into the frame.

19 comments :

Shuku said...

The contrast is -lovely-. So striking! I haven't seen the movie - well all right, I saw the end bits of it at work one day but...it's beautiful, Marcelo. It really does drive the point home.

--Shuku
Happy Halloween by the way!

SIM-R said...

Nice composition . My eye goes right where it's supposed to .

As usual - top notch .

Craig said...

Yeah...awesome layout!! I actually liked this movie a lot. Its funny because I watched the making of first and knowing the heart of the artists was so into it, it was hard not to like after that. Now we just got to work on giving the executives some of that heart.

benjatoon studio said...

hola marcelo! que buenos trabajos nuevos has subidooo!! como siempre eres el maestro!! :)

bog_art said...

More Amazing job!!.. the camera angle is awesome!!..

Pam said...

whats nice! i m argentinian and my english is awful but i can say your work is really great, very fluid. i really like it.

Pam said...

me acabo de dar cuenta q te puedo escribir en castellano...jaja
hermoso trabajo el tuyo marcelo, mucho ritmo y dinamismo. genial!

Bill Ferguson said...

Your work is phenomenal. How did you get your start in the work that you do because you obviously work very hard at it and love doing it!

El gaucho said...

great work!! so you work for Disney to make "Brother Bear"? you were in the concept art part?

Brandon said...

I'm always amazed. I need to ask you about your process for rendering sometimes.

JeN said...

Hey Marcelo!

Great composition and wonderful concept! The lighting is, as always, excellent. I like how everthing is pointing towards the focal point. I learn so much from looking at your work!

martin wittig said...

Marcelo,..Yer Killin me with all this great work of yours...But I love it!:)

Howard Shum said...

Great composition!

Allen Capoferri said...

Great dramatic staging. The petroglyph is a very effective second read.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone for all your gracious comments. I really do appreciate them.

Bill, I started in the business by accident of sorts. I always loved animation, but when I started art school in 1983 animation was dead.

So I trained to be an illustrator, but when I got out of school in 1987 illustration was being replaced by photography.

I felt like an artist without an industry. But, I landed a few illustration jobs for newspapers, and a job in television animation. This was right before Disney's Little Mermaid, and right before the big animation boom.

Gaucho, cuándo yo hice mi trabajo para el Brother Bear, yo vivía en un estado diferente mientras trabajaba para DIsney como un freelance.

Leonardo Alannis said...

How many of these roughs did you do for B Bear?

I know you did the bear designs but I didnt realize you did layout, too.

Needless to say, this is sensational dramatic storytelling.

Thanks for your input, the fact you even looked at my blog is a high praise.

Marcos Mateu said...

Nice shot man, beautiful lighting!

Lena said...

Greetings,Marcelo!Many thanks for yur kind words!I very much appreciate.To me it is very pleasant,that you have written in Russian!
Yes,when it is a lot of work we almost live at studio.Sometimes we work day and night.And now we have a free time!You know it!The best wishes!Elena.

Ken Chandler said...

Love this composition, and how you used elements to point toward Grizz. The wall painting does make an interesting contrast. Great stuff all 'round.