Pre-Masters, summer research and workshops

Before beginning my course at Nottingham Trent University I enrolled myself on a model-making workshop run by David Neat. Who is the author of Model-Making, Materials and Methods. Previously I had built puppets for stop-motion animation, full size props for independent films and sets for amateur theatre companies. The course was a little out of my element, but I enjoyed it and found it really useful. A lot of the techniques we used were created by David Neat. Often working with Kappa-line foam board, obeche wood, stencil paper and plastics over the usual polystyrene foam board and mount board. I particularly liked the techniques used to create brickwork, which had a very realistic finish.

Directly after the workshop I travelled to Munich to visit a friend and, very fortunately, came across an exhibition called ‘Zwischen Film und Kunst – Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg’ which translates to between film and art – storyboards from Hitchcock to Spielberg.

The most impressive storyboard to me was from Spellbound, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1945).

The dream sequence was designed by Salvador Dali, which you can tell instantly from the frame above.

The most ‘readable’ storyboard was for another Hitchcock film, The Birds (1963).

The storyboard was displayed side by side with a screen showing the scene on loop.

Other standout boards were Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1979) and Hammett, directed by Wim Wenders (1982).


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