beauty

30 08 2012

the reason why I recreated this stunning background from disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY was pure curiosity, I hope the original is still in the disney archives ARL. it is a long and complicated combined pan with a camera-turn, must have been pretty long in three multiplane layers in original, I guess in 2 pieces, where the cut edges could have been covered by the foreground foliage. I explain some of the details in the first image. the tilted angle is the result of the camera turn – I started with the recreation in the normal horizontal position of the first frame, the second image shows the whole BG in a better readable angle. see the beauty of this piece of art yourself, the first reaction might be – incredible, all the detail! yes, but it doesn’t look overloaded like so many backgrounds today and the characters read perfectly clear, because the color range and the values are very close. amazing as well the composition – the cathedral-like trees that create the ‘background’ with the more irregular and curvy tree-shapes in the foreground. the foliage adds the playful rococo detail in front of everything. it is all controlled and looks so light.


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7 responses

30 08 2012
Michael Sporn

It’s beautiful how the amount of detail changes ubder the multiplane foreground branch. This must have been a nightmare for you to put together. Thank you.

30 08 2012
Ignacio Ochoa

I enjoy and learn so much with analysis like this.Thanks.

31 08 2012
j.etienne

beautiful indeed! I saw a few original S-beauty BG paintings at an exhibition in Paris;
So much depth and a kind of soft ” velvet “texture (gouache or acrylic ?) I didn’t notice before on printed versions

from hans –
they were painted in gouache, what is pretty hard to handle ( my own experience ) because it get’s about 30% lighter when it has dried. in case you need to correct something that has dried you need to judge the color-intensity accordingly.

31 08 2012
Peter Hale

A beautiful background indeed, for such a (relatively) quick scene. But not multiplane, surely? I couldn’t see any parallax shift (viewing a clip on youtube).

from hans –
it is multiplane, believe me. I had to correct the offset images and it was some work! I recommend not to watch masterpieces like that NOT on sources like youtube

5 09 2012
Peter Hale

You are right of course, I should be viewing my old VHS :)
– Ok, buying the DVD! But I’ve grabbed a few screenshots from the (good quality) clip and I can see that the rotation and track out makes for a LOT of hard work on your part – but dang it, I still can’t see any shift between foreground and background elements! (I am looking at the right shot, yeah? – the birds and the squirrel heading for the prince’s cape, hat and boots?)

7 09 2012
Peter Hale

My humble apologies – I’ve finally spotted the shift between all three elements!

But it is very slight, and (at least for me – others may well be more discerning) does not seem to register at all – it looks as if there is no depth other than the painted perspective. Was the use of multiplane just to enable a link between two separate backgrounds? or enable a layout that proved technically impossible on a normal rostrum? Or was it needed to soften focus on a background that looked too sharp?

Since it only occurs during the rotation it seems that linking backgrounds is the reason – but an expensive option for a scene that looks as it it was planned to be shot ‘flat’.

Does anyone have a draft for the sequence (08?) that might shed light on this scene?

11 09 2012
ann

thanks this

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