Thursday, May 10, 2018

Children of the Wind, Al-Jazeera, My Portfolio, Part One

This is a partial storyboard to the trailer for “Children of the Wind”. CotW was to be a 26 half-hour syndicated TV series for the Al Jazeera Children’s Network. It was  produced and directed by Joe Pearson for Tripod Entertainment, the animation studio he owned in partnership with Malaysian financiers. The lead writer was David Abramowitz, show runner of the Highlander TV series. I was tapped to be an episode director. This never occurred, as Al Jazeera Children’s Network had a change of regime in September of 2009, when Joe jetted to Doha, Qatar to sign to paperwork to start production on the series. As is usually the case in such situations, the new management had no interest in continuing the nascent productions of the previous, and CotW died stillborn. However, the trailer was fully produced and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/122141258

(TO BE CONTINUED)
 Children of the Wind, Scene 1, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEACH- DAY- Lens Flare from o.s. sun- Surf crashes on beach, Pose 1-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 1, Panel 2
ACTION: HORSE 1 IN, CAR JAR as front hoof hits-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 1, Panel 3
ACTION: HORSE 2 continues through frame, rear hooves IN- HORSE 3’S lead hoof IN in BG-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 2, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEACH- DAY- PAN BG- Angel on HORSES 1 & 2, running-
NARRATOR: “They run…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 3, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEACH- DAY- PAN BG- side view- CU on running horses, manes flowing behind them-
NARRATOR: “…free…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 4, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEACH- DAY- PAN BG- Downshot on running hear, 7 horses total- IBNI & NUNU take up the rear-
NARRATOR: “…the wind at their back.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 4, Panel 2
ACTION: FALCON gains IN in FG-
NARRATOR: “Across desert sands…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 5, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- CLIFFS- DAY- surf striking rocks- VERT PAN up to top of cliff; horses seen running along cliff edge, IBNI & NUNU bringing up the rear- 
NARRATOR: “…along sea cliffs…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 6, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT: WADI- DAY- Herd runs toward cam-
NARRATOR: “…through mountain canyons…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 7, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT: WADI- DAY- SLIDE BG/ OL/UL ELEMENTS- Horses gain through frame-
NARRATOR: “…and high plains.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 8, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT: WADI- DAY- BG PAN- MEDIUM SHOT- IBNI & NUNU glance at each other, running joyfully-
NARRATOR: “Ibni and Nunu…
 Children of the Wind, Scene 9, Panel 1
ACTION: FALCON gains IN, banking away and up towards SUN-  Add REFLECTION DFX to sunlight-
NARRATOR: “…ascended from royalty…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 10, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND- DAY- TRUCK IN-
NARRATOR: “…born into the care,,,”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 11, Panel 1
ACTION: Upshot on main gate- VERT PAN down to SHEIKH ALI, watching herd trot through entrance to COMPOUND-
NARRATOR: “…of a proud…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 12, Panel 1
ACTION: MCU on SHEIKH ALI; As IBNI & NUNU  trot through frame he lifts arm; T.O. as FALCON lands IN-
NARRATOR: “…and  noble master.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 13, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- SHIEKH ALI’S STABLES- NIGHT- JAMILA nuzzles IBNI-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 14, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- SHIEKH ALI’S STABLES- DAY- FIELD CUT- SHEIKH ALI steps toward NUNU, holding PEDIGREE POUCH, places it over NUNU’S neck- T.O., sliding IN NASHUA- SHEIKH lowers arms; NUNU looks down at POUCH- PAN over to BAADIR, KAMAL & NASIR, sliding them IN during PAN- FOCUS SHIFT; T.I. on trio, sliding SHEIK OS during cam move
 Children of the Wind, Scene 15, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND; ADJACENT MEADOW- DAY-  IBNI & NUNU frolic-
NARRATOR: “…They run free…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 16, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DAY- PAN BG- IBNI & NUNU walk through tall grass- both wear PEDIGREE POUCHES around their necks- T.I.-
NARRATOR: “…heirs to a noble ancestry.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 17, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND- NIGHT- Gail force winds blow tress, debris-
NARRATOR: “But fate…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 18, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND/ STABLES- NIGHT- Gail force winds blow tress, debris- PALM TREE is snapped off by wind, is blown towards stables as it falls--
NARRATOR: “…has other plans.
 Children of the Wind, Scene 19, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND/ STABLES- NIGHT-  PALM TREE crashed through wall-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 19, Panel 2
ACTION: PALM TREE crashed through wall (CONT)-
NARRATOR: “Disaster…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 19, Panel 3
ACTION:- PALM TREE takes KEROSENE LAMP with it on the way down-
NARRATOR: “…strikes….”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 19, Panel 4
ACTION: FLAME IN, in FG, climbing up palm fronds-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 19, Panel 5
ACTION: FLAME grows, fanned by gail-force winds-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 20, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND/ STABLES- NIGHT- X.C.U. on IBNI’S eye, flames reflected thereon-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 20, Panel 2
ACTION: FAST  T.O., revealing terrified IBNI & NUNU, flames in B.G.-
NARRATOR: “…driving them…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 21, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHIEKH ALI’S COMPOUND- NIGHT- Gail-force winds blow flame, smoke- BNI & NUNU race out of gate, towards cam-
NARRATOR: “…far from their home and family.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 22, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- NARROW GULLY- NIGHT- ANIMATE OL/UL, SLIDE B.G.- NUNU  & IBNI look over their shoulders as they run away from cam- they are lit by o.s. headlights- 
Children of the Wind, Scene 22, Panel 2
ACTION: CONT-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 22, Panel 3
ACTION: S.U.V.S GAIN IN past either side of cam
 Children of the Wind, Scene 23, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SAND DUNE RIDGE, NIGHT- IBNI & NUNU run atop ridge frame by moon- SLIDE OL/UL, BG-
NARRATOR: “They escape into the great desert… and the  unknown.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 24, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SAND DUNE RIDGE, NIGHT- VERT PAN up dune ridge to IBNI & NUNU now walking slowly atop it-
NARRATOR: “Lost, the two young foals must travel…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 25, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- CAVERN- PAN to follow IBNI & NUNU as they walk warily; NUNU has SCORPION on her snout-
NARRATOR: “…strangers…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 26, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- M’DAIN RUINS, NIGHT-  IBNI & NUNU walk through lower part of frame-
NARRATOR: “…in a mysterious land…”
  Children of the Wind, Scene 27, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- M’DAIN RUINS, NIGHT- C.U. on snarling WOLF; FAST T.O. to reveal two more hostile wolves-
NARRATOR: “…across the vast Arabian Peninsula…”
Children of the Wind, Scene 28, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SAND DUNE RIDGE, NIGHT- C.U. on NUNU & IBNI, running- PAN BG-
NARRATOR: “…in their quest…”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 29, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- SHEIKH ALI’S COMPOUND- NIGHT- SHEIKH ALI stares soulfully from parapet, missing his favorite horses- 
NARRATOR: “…for home.”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 30, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT-CROWDED SOUK- DAY- C.U. on minaret, T.O./ VERT PAN to street level-
NARRATOR: “Ibni and Nunu will discover new worlds…”
Children of the Wind, Scene 30, Panel 2
ACTION: -PEOPLE  turn, reacting to IBNI & NUNU running IN around either side of parked car-
Children of the Wind, Scene 30, Panel 3
ACTION: -All turn to track with horses as they run toward, past cam-
NARRATOR: “…both ancient…”

No comments:

Followers