Friday, July 20, 2012
Wally Wood's 22 panels that always work!
If you're unfamiliar with the great Wally Wood, then click here to get an overview of one for my favorite comic book artists, particularly on his short -lived 1960's Marvel work, and his inking on Jack Kirby in the 1950's: http://psychosaurus.com/frames/wwgallery.html or http://wallywoodart.blogspot.com.au/
The above image is the comic book famous "22 Panels that always work": comic book storytelling panel tricks. Though these panels don't quite translate exactly to the aspect ratio of the film screen, some minor retooling, (keeping in mind composition and staging) should be able to give you a little "pepper' to those talking head scenes. Notice the use of light/shade to create depth, and the change of camera angle adds to not only the variety in a scene, but also assist the character acting and emotion you are trying to convey to your audience.
Remember: try not to throw them in arbitrarily- make sure your camera choice/composition serves the story/mood that you are intending.