Elicit a sense of won­der

See how Cath­leen McAl­lis­ter paints two witches run­ning for their class at the Botan­i­cal Acad­emy

ImagineFX - - Issue 163 August 2018 -

See how Cath­leen McAl­lis­ter paints two witches who are run­ning late for class.

Lately I’ve been get­ting into gar­den­ing and grow­ing plants. There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about watch­ing seeds grow into herbs, heal­ing a sick plant, or see­ing new leaves grow.

So I de­cided to try my hand at a mag­i­cal acad­emy of botany! I wanted to tackle an es­tab­lish­ing shot that shows char­ac­ters in­ter­act­ing in ad­di­tion to a de­tailed en­vi­ron­ment de­sign. If you watch an­i­mated films, you’ll find that es­tab­lish­ing shots like this are very im­por­tant to con­vey the mood of a place. Es­tab­lish­ing the en­vi­ron­ment as well as show­ing char­ac­ters in­ter­act­ing is a great way of telling a rich story, while also tak­ing care of some world-build­ing.

I chose this com­po­si­tion in­spired by a re­cent trip to Hog­warts at Uni­ver­sal. Walk­ing up to Hog­warts, even in a the­mepark set­ting, was so mag­i­cal that I can only imag­ine how a kid would feel en­ter­ing. I wanted to con­vey that sense of won­der in this piece.

In this work­shop, I’ll demon­strate how light­ing, com­po­si­tion, de­tail, and char­ac­ters all work to­gether in an ex­cit­ing es­tab­lish­ing com­po­si­tion such as this one.

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