Tuesday, August 26, 2014

High Heel Samurai: Power Trio - Fight Scene Choreography

On Monday, we began the blocking for the first fight sequence in High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio.  Actors on set included:  Ally Matteodo, Maren Keyt, Liz Richman, Jena Walsh, and Greg Feroli.

Putting together a solid fight sequence requires lots of preparation behind the scenes.  It's not just about showcasing good technique (which is vital) it's about turning that technique into a cohesive series of movements in a way that is visually appealing and action packed!

In the scene, Matteodo, Keyt, and Richman play Samurai Girls:  Viola Tallatetto, Amorelle Abney, and Francesca Satori.  They're squaring off against arch villain Clementine Crush, who is played by Walsh.  Feroli plays Rock, one half of the tough bodyguard team:  Rock & Roll.

Without giving anything else away, this is a big action sequence, and it all happens in the very first episode of High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Early Drawing of Tessa Faux

Yesterday, I posted an early drawing of Tessa Faux at www.perroworldwide.com  

It was a concept drawing, back at the very beginning, when I was still working out what Tessa's costume would look like.

In that preliminary sketch, she still had the red suit and fishnet stockings, but little else made it to the final version.  The cape went over Tessa's shoulders, and looked more like what Apple's cape would eventually become.  I had an idea about Tessa having straps on her uniform, as a way for her to carry more weapons, and as a result, she was missing the Faux symbol on her chest.  Tessa also had holsters attached to her belt.  She wore black gloves, and her boots were even taller.

I think the part that I'm most happy I dropped were the gloves.  I can't imagine Tessa wearing gloves.  At the time, the gloves seemed like a good idea, and within the story, a way to make sure Tessa never left any fingerprints.  Without the gloves, I imagine that Tessa simply finds more creative ways to make sure no evidence is left behind.

There was even a time when I imagined Tessa wearing a mask, but when her personality became more fleshed out, the idea of her hiding her identity was completely scrapped, and so was the mask.

It's interesting to see where an idea begins, and how it evolves when it gets more fleshed out.  Some of my favorite stories began with a concept completely different from what ended up on the page.

Not knowing where a story is going to go, or what a character will become is a magical part of the writing process.  Even now, I'm often surprised where the adventure takes me!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Paper Cups

Here's the challenge...

Take a small paper cup, and cut it in half.  Now what you should have is an even smaller paper cup.  Fill it with water.  Now do the same thing with another paper cup.

After that, have someone place one cup on the palm of each hand.  Hold the cups out.  It's not too hard to keep them steady when you're standing still.  But try banging out some snappy kicks, and not spilling any of the water starts to become difficult.

The teaser trailer for "HHS:  Power Trio" is going to feature some fantastic martial arts control.  We're so excited to show it off in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Word About Personal Style

This week, we presented a picture of Chris Ember, drawn in the Bruce Timm style.  The goal was to make Chris look as though he was dropped into an episode of Batman:  The Animated Series.  Looking at the final product, mission accomplished!

But what is the Bruce Timm style?  Some people would say it’s minimalist and angular.  Others might go for the term “art deco” as a more appropriate description.  Bruce Timm, a self taught artist with no formal art schooling, lists two of his influences as Jack Kirby and Harvey Kurtzman.  It’s not surprising.  There’s definite Kurtzman in Timm’s work.

No matter how one would like to describe Timm’s style, he takes his cues from artists before his time, as they took cues from artists before their time.

Good artists steal from the past and make it their own.  They never quite become the artists they admired, instead they build upon style, until their version becomes something unique.