Thursday, May 10, 2018

Children of the Wind, My Portfolio, Part Three

(CONTINUED FROM PART TWO)

The storyboard for the “Children of the Wind” trailer is some of my best work and I intend to put it on my portfolio website (www.bradrader.net). Three weeks ago, just as I was about to start preparing my copy of the storyboard for inclusion, Joe Pearson emailed me . Joe informed me that he was clearing his storage area and had come across the original storyboard; did I want it?

A few days later when I went to collect the original from Joe, I was surprised to learn that Gary Hartle (co-creator of “Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys”) had been brought in as a co-producer. Gary was/is a horse expert, owning several on his ranch near Castaic, California. Joe strategized that Gary’s first-hand expertise would be invaluable on this equine-centric project. In this capacity Gary re-drew a large part of my storyboard. I have opted not to use Gary’s newly discovered re-draws, as beautiful as they are (Gary is really good at drawing horses), because this is my portfolio, not Gary’s. One can see ghost of his drawing in the panels ‘Sc 2 Pnl 1’ and ‘Sc 3 Pnl 1’. 

“Hicksville”, by Dylan Horrocks, is one of my favorite graphic novels. It tells of a young man vacationing in New Zealand who happens on an obscure outpost of the Akashic Library that houses all the failed and/or stillborn artist projects throughout History. I hope the unproduced 26 half-hours of “Children of the Wind” reside there, to be enjoyed by all.

The trailer for “Children of the Wind” was fully produced and can be viewed at 

 Children of the Wind, Scene 68, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- ANIMATE OL/UL; SLIDE B.G.- IBNI & NUNU race toward cam; NUNU gains quickly OS-
Children of the Wind, Scene 68, Panel 2
ACTION: As IBNI gains toward cam, shift direction of BG SLIDE to mimic LIVE ACTION DOLLY SHOT- we see SCORPION is riding atop IBNI’S head, pincers holding on to IBNI’s mane-

 Children of the Wind, Scene 68, Panel 3
ACTION: As SCORPION gains into C.U., we see that he is frightened-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 68, Panel 4
ACTION: IBNI  and SCORPION gain O.S., HELECOPTER gains IN-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 68, Panel 5
ACTION: -gains into MCU-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 69, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- NIGHT-  ANIMATE OL/UL; SLIDE B.G.- KAMIL & NASIR drive dune buggy, followed by two other dune buggies- 
 Children of the Wind, Scene 70, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- NIGHT-  ANIMATE OL/UL; SLIDE B.G.- SALUKI,  with SCORPION riding his head, and WOLF, with SNAKE riding on her head, run toward cam- T.I.-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 71, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT- NIGHT-  ABDUL  AZIZ and rest of tribe sit around bon fire, IBNI & NUNU flanking ABDUL-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 72, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- SUNSET- BACK LIT SETTNG SUN-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 73, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- INDIA WATERFRONT-DAY- DHOW with IBNI on deck glides IN in FG, slowing as it approaches  shore-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 74, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- INDIA MARKETPLACE- DAY- T.I.on AMIYA looking at cam-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 75, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- INDIA FOREST- DAY- ELEPHANT touches IBNI’S snout with trunk-
Children of the Wind, Scene 76, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT- NIGHT-  ABDUL  AZIZ grooms IBNI-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 77, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- INDIA MARKETPLACE- DAY- PAN BG- OLDER AMIYA rides 3 YEAR OLD NUNU-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 78, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- INDIA FOREST- DAY- C.U. on IBNI, screaming- B.G. PAN, animating rotation of IBNI mimicking LIVE ACTION DOLLY SHOT, then T.O. to revealing crouching TIGER- IBNI is kicking hooves to ward off TIGER-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 79, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- RIDING CLUB STABLES- DAY- VERT PAN up DANNAH, looking sharp in her riding gear-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 80, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- GROUP OF RIDERS race along the horizon-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 81, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- C.U. on FALCON-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 82, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- RACING STADIUM- DAY-T.I. on DANNAH leading ADULT NUNU out of stands, toward track-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 83, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- C.U. on CADI, smiling, giving “thumbs up” sign-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 84, Panel 1
ACTION: INT- STABLES- NIGHT- 14 YEAR OLD AMIYAH strokes IBNI’s muzzle-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 85, Panel 1
ACTION: T.O. on ADULT IBNI lowers head, looks at cam-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 86, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DAY- 14 YEAR OLD AMIYA steps forward, reaching out toward o.s. IBNI-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 87, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- B.G. SLIDE- ADULT ABDUL AZIZ rides ADULT IBNI, leading group of other BEDOUIN riders-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 88, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- RACING STADIUM- DAY- B.G. SLIDE- C.U. on ADULT IBNI, walking across stadium-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 89, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DAY- C.U. on BAKIR, removing his sun glasses-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 90, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- M.C.U. on SCORPION, gesturing as he speaks-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 91, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- RACING STADIUM- DAY- B.G. SLIDE- C.U. on DANNAH, leading ADULT IBNI across stadium- 
 Children of the Wind, Scene 92, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- DAY- BG SLIDE- ADULT ABDUL and  ADULT IBNI look forward as they walk-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 93, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- RACING STADIUM- DAY- IBNI stands on his haunches next to DANNAH-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 94, Panel 1
ACTION: EXT- DESERT- SUNSET- BG PAN- ADULT IBNI & NUNU run side by side-
 Children of the Wind, Scene 94, Panel 2
ACTION: They gain away from cam as they begin to mount hill-
NARRATOR: “Ibni and Nunu”
 Children of the Wind, Scene 94, Panel 3
ACTION: -dropping into silhouette as the become more distant-
NARRATOR: “They run free. They are…”
Children of the Wind, Scene 94, Panel 4
ACTION:- until they come to a stop, framed by the setting sun- DX on title lettering- 
NARRATOR: “…the Children of the Wind.”

THE END!

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