Things have been very busy these past few months on the Shaun the Sheep feature film, leaving me very little time to create anything new to post up here. Instead I've decided to post some older boards from a couple of episodes of Series 3 of Shaun the Sheep that I worked on.
The boards below are from an episode called "Bye Bye Barn". The basic outline is that the Farmer has hired some builders to convert his old sheep barn into a luxury apartment. Fearing that they will lose their home, Shaun and the flock set about altering the construction blueprints so that the builders create something for them instead.
One of the main notes from the director during the initial brief was to try and have longer shots rather than lots of cutting, to allow jokes to build up on screen.
To help do this I tried to create shots with lots of deep staging: where characters in the foreground might do something that then leads into characters in the background, or vice versa, switching attention between different layers. This also required paying close attention to the staging of events and the overall screen composition so that things flowed naturally into each other.
I'm sifting through boards at the moment so I'll post another episode up soon.
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