May 21, 2011
May 20, 2011
DOCTOR WHOThe Planet Of Nowhere.By Adam Law.//INT-TARDIS//We open with a wide shot of the interior Tardis, the camera creeping up from the lower levels, finding a foot twisting impatiently, it belongs to AMY. Who is propped against a railing, almost swaying with excitement, clearly waiting for a chance to speak. THE DOCTOR steps infront of her, tending to the console, she leans in to clutch his arm.AMYSo what's next?Can we go to that dinosaur place? Didn't you say there was a dinosaur place?DOCTORMusical Dinosaurs. Saving that one up. We're re-fuelling.AMYWhat? Shutup.DOCTORBetter safe than sorry.AMYBut it's a time machine, it's not a Ford Fiesta.She scoffs-How can it run out of fuel?DOCTORYes! Ofcourse, Amy. Because a Time Machine wouldn't need any thing to fuel it.He playfully knocks her forehead with a fist-It just runs off air.He paces past her to the control panel opposite-AMYOi, Smartie pants. This isn't exactly normal territory for me.Just doesn't seem right that something so...Amy looks around at the TARDIS, inhaling-...extraordinary, is really just so...Her eyes fall to the Doctor, on his knees working at a control panel, looking like a mechanic or plumber-...ordinary.The Doctor swings a panel free to tamper with various contraptions beneath, he wears a stethoscope, pressing it to a beating pulse-DOCTORWe're loosing the link to the Artron Energy, going to need to replace the Zeiton crystals.AMYCheerfully-Oh there we go.The Doctor stands, swinging towards Amy, inspecting her face-DOCTORWhat?AMYNothing, everything is just back the way it was.Amy pulls the ear pieces of his Stethoscope, snapping them back into his head with a sharp smack. He flinches, tightening his lips to scornfully point- met immediately with her playful smirk, he paces by, tossing the stethoscope-DOCTORWe might just have enough left to make the pitstop.He punches into the monitor, Amy watches over the console-Ah, here we are.You'll like this one, Amelia.AMYAnnoyed, through teeth--Amy-DOCTORNo, Planet Amelia.It borders the Helios system, busy little hamlet- quite a bit like Mars I suppose, minus all those.... traffic wardens.AMYWait, We're going to a planet called Amelia?DOCTORYes but not for fun, we don't have much time so strictly in and out.AMYNot even five minutes?DOCTORNot even five minutes.He pulls a lever up as the TARDIS begins to shake-AMYSo what's it like on Amelia, are there humans?DOCTORNo.AMYOoooh, robots?DOCTORYou'll see.AMYDogs! Dog robots! Oh please tell me there's dog robots.DOCTORNot on Amelia. But you ar-The TARDIS shakes violently, throwing Amy against the railing as The Doctor clings to the console-Hey now. Hey!he rushes to the other side of the control panel, slamming onto the keys-What are you doing? Where are you going?The TARDIS bellows as the lights flicker-AMY-Doctor?!DOCTOR-Ah. Yes. It's okay Amy, we're just going to make a slight...emergency landing.AMYEmergency?!DOCTORTry to focus on the LANDING part of the sentence. LANDING. It's a brilliant word!The doctor flips several switches as the TARDIS Twirls violently, coming to a tremendous thump, lights cutting to pitch black, slowing humming back to life.DOCTORSee.Landing.Amy readjusts herself and pulls her hair back from her face as she stands-DOCTOROoh.He flips his sonic screwdriver after scanning the console briefly-Funny that.AMYFunny?The Doctor pockets his Sonic and ignores Amy, heading to another control panel, tapping at keys-AMYWhat happened?A low buzzing is heard, followed by three shrieking bleeps, sporatic in pitch- looping endlessly-AMYRepulsed, clutching ears-What is that?DOCTORWhat is what?He wrestles with a control panel-AMYThat! That noise?!DOCTOROh. I'm extending the TARDIS land-mass to lifeform locater. It'll scan the planet for all signs of life, existance, how far we are from anything.AMYOK. And it makes this noise, why?DOCTORDon't...know.Thought it was a good idea, never thought I'd need to use it to be honest. Should of went with something more tuneful. With abit more... bounce.AMYWell my head is sure bouncing.The Doctor clasps his hands on Amys head and stares to her sternly-DOCTORWait. Amy.Do you hear that?Amy looks to him with sarcasm-AMYWhat, other than the sound of a Dalek Choir?!DOCTORNo, noooo,NO!He clasps her head from the top with a 'spider' like grip, twisting her head in place much to Amys silent confusion-LISTEN,There's a wibbly noise now.Amy listens, watching his face in confusion-DOCTOROh. A really wibbly noise.That's not a good noise.AMYWhat? What does the wibbly noise mean?He darts from console to console, slamming hands over buttons-AMYDoctor?He pulls the monitor to his face, looking defeated-DOCTORWe're alone.AMYAlone? You mean the TARDIS didn't find anything here?DOCTORThere's nothing TO find Amy.There's nothing left.AMYHow?The Doctor paces towards the door and turns to face Amy-DOCTORThere should be life here.He kicks the door ajar and pushes it open slowly, Amy flinches as bright light hits their eyes, The Doctor squints, the light calming to reveal a scorched expanse of dusty earth stretching off into the distance, seemingly nothing for miles.DOCTORSo where is it?-Cue Song titles-
I wrote a short 'Opener' Scene alittle while ago to test out a few things, firstly being my intention to storyboard and do an animatic of an original WHO scene. This was the scene I created, set somewhere early in Series Five of Doctor Who, one of the earlier adventures with Amy Pond.
May 15, 2011
Finishing Issue 3 is going to mean a lot more to me than another notch on the Felicity belt. It's become something of a manifestation of all my past failures and the only proof to myself that I'm capable of overcoming the odds.
It's common advice to 'keep your chin up' 'stay postive' and to 'Keep on trucking' and it's also the best advice you can be given, if you actually take it on board and don't dismiss it as shallow and naive.
Staying postive is pretty easy when you try but a domino effect of missteps, disappointments or failures can soon turn something easy into a real struggle. Unfortunately for me I'm not a lucky person and I've had a long string of disappointments for quite a while now.
Sometimes there are people in life who make the impossible seem close enough to touch and I have those people in my life. It's their support that helps push me through what is now a worn-down will to win.
And I'm starting to realise I don't care about the lack of any audience I have for Felicity. I never started it to sell books or gain a large following. I did it to tell stories and it's going to mean so much to me that I can't give up on finishing it. I feel like I can't progress as an artist, I can't improve or blossom until I finish it.
And I will.
May 05, 2011
Credit to Tumblr for the image.
Just some thoughts on 2011 Doctor vs 2010 Doctor. Character design wise!
Doctor Who Series 5 was a big deal for me.
Matt Smith exploded onto screens as this barmy, bandy-legged oddball. His appearance somehow communicated everything so bizarre and alien and yet all at the same time; welcoming, familiar and iconic.
In much the same way that the actor has a talent to look both old and young, the costume designers gave layers to his appearence and created a wonderful compliment to the new Doctor.
In Series Six, they've changed some things.
You may think it absurd that a minor costume change and a newer 'slicked and groomed' hairstyle is cause for concern but I think there's simply so much lost in doing so.
The Doctor in season five had clothes that didn't quite fit him, hair that defied gravity and he looked something like a school teacher who had fell through the sky into an Oxfam shop. This uncomfortable, deshevled look was so excellent at double barrelling his performance, in pushing the Doctors Iconic appearance and in telling us so much about Eleven.
His puffy, wild and downright weird hair was perfectly suited. It was a literal representation of his personality, having established himself as a confident guy- who believes rather uncool things to infact be cool. Why would he comb his hair? It's cool.
In contrast, we see that in Series 6 he now wears more form fitting attire, a swanky jacket replacing his tweed and trousers that fit him quite well. His hair, which I've just previously mentioned is now neatly cut and pruned, slicked to one side with stylist precison.
Now, Here's my issue with hair-
By slicking his hair and combing every strand-neatly in place we are losing so much of that literal represention of Barmy-ness. It doesn't make sense to me, from a story perspective, that Eleven has suddenly developed a rather human-like sense of vanity. What made him so endearing was his naive nature when approached on such topics as appearence, his insistence that Bowties were cool was brilliant because they weren't cool, he's just made them cool.
On a further note, to tie in his newer appearence with the writing-
What I find baffling is the 'sexualisation' of the Doctor in the current series. Now, I'm not a prude! But what I found fascinating was the moment when Amys lust for the Doctor came to a head, early on in Series five. She throws herself at him to be denied, the Doctor showing a reluctance not only to be involved on any romantic level with Amy but in any sense at all.
This added a wonderful layer to Eleven, this kind of pure and alien essence. Sexual desire is natural, it's natural part of life and existance so I do not feel the Doctor should be void of it entirely- I just find it unnecessary and strange to show those sides of the Doctor to us. Particularly Eleven.
Series 5(Amongst others) proved that you don't need it to have great Doctor Who stories, so I just find it strange that two episodes in to Series 6 and we have almost a complete turn around, with flirting and innuendos appearing quite frequently aswell as a rather obvious attempt by the Doctor to groom himself.
Maybe it's his mating season! Who knows.
I'm enjoying Series 6 and I'm still a proud fan of the show of course!
It's just as someone who studies, practices and wants to better understand character design; I wanted to log my complaints against what the talented team at the BBC have decided to go with.
I understand there are other reasons behind the hair(Tennants hair by the time he left had developed into a neat and well defined cut but to add to that; Tennants Doctor was always vain, it made sense for him to care about his appearance so much)and that updating the costume was neccessary! I'm not saying it wasn't.
I feel like work that went into Series 5 was exceptional, from a character design point of view. And as an extenson, I just feel a little disappointed they decided to change alot of those excellent ideas for the next series. And I stress, these are minor personal niggles.
I look forward to the rest of the Series perhaps changing my mind.
Oh and I'm also aware, Matt Smith wears his hair in real life as he does in Series 6, could be the only reason for the hair change!
May 01, 2011
I spend an hour a day, usually before(but not always)I start on Felicity to ease me in. Just dumping some of them here, I find myself craving to draw more Dynamic poses lately; hence the completely inexplicable Felicity image which I've come to call "The Totem Pole of Unnecessary Action"