Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Warner Bros Logo

My original thumbnails for the Opening WBFA Logo

Warner Feature Animation Logo                           
In the early days of Warner Bros Feature Animation Patrick Fitch and I proposed a logo for the new division. Patrick did research on the original logo and found that Warners hadn't done anything with it in decades. He couldn't find the original artwork. It had been lost and had been duplicated over and over again. Trying to incorporate WBFA, we came up with an idea where a band wrapped around the original logo announcing Warner Bros Feature Animation.  With then President Max Howard's approval we proceeded. It would be done with a combination of CG and oil painted clouds and sky that would morph and  move through the background. We actually got the original Warner fanfare music from the 30's.  It synced up perfectly to the visuals. It was half completed when I left the studio to  work with Sam Raimi.  It was never completed.  A few years later the Feature Animation division was closed.
  The studio liked what Patrick and I had done and partially adapted our work to make the new Warner Bros Logo we see today.
Warner Bros Pictures Logo today

Friday, March 2, 2012

2002 - Spiderman Sequence Opening

 This is the first sequence I boarded on the first Spiderman. Peter Parker is bitten by the "super spider" in this scene.  It was originally going to be a tour of Norman Osborn's genetic lab but was changed to a more generic lab that a high school class would attend.
   The location where this sequence was shot is the Los Angeles Natural History Museum rotunda. The huge statue of the three woman in the center of the rotunda was covered over by art department and made into a huge electron microscope.   Neil Spasik did a great job with this set.  The Director wanted the action to move combining the 3 or 4 story lines into one scene.  We had 3 days in this location and a lot of shots to shoot.  First unit would shoot during the day and Second unit would come in at night.

   I usually over board my sequences with extra shots which gave the Director options with his DP. We were working in a round space so we could use the camera economically.  It came down to 54 shots which was a lot of work but when you watch the film it tells Peter's story so simply and layered.