To lead on from the execution scene, we decided to alter the character’s look to fit with this post electrocution look.
We only wanted to change a few elements though, due to limited time with editing and corrections so we agreed on the following;
- Mad static like hair.
The hair itself contains positively charged ions due to their amino acid structure. The electric current contains negatively charged ions, attracting the positive proteins in the hair, causing them to stand up. What I remembered quite vividly was that from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) when Marv is electrocuted.
Both the skeleton and hair principles combined. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). (YouTube, 2016).
Below is the hair I created, inspired by those I had looked into. Although our hair isn’t modelled in the same way as in our references (individual strands) I did my best to work with what I had and create this static look. Although, it was commented, she does look like Sonic the Hedgehog.
2. Burn/ singe marks on the skin
When looking into some cartoon references for this scene, we realised that the skin was normally ashened or had a smoke like look to the flesh.
After Pikatu has electrocuted Ash in an old episode of the show Pokemon. I liked the minimal marks shown on the character, however it was obvious they had been electrocuted. The smoke is definitely something we hope to do by the end of the project, in After Effects.
Below is the map I created for the character. I realised that after creating the lines on the face that the glasses cover a significant area.
3. Smoke from the head
Another thing we wanted to include was the use of smoke appearing above the head after our character is electrocuted, as if she is still smouldering. Lorna has informed me this is something that can be done in post production in After Effects. The best example I could find of this to shown Lorna how it would be styled was the old Road Runner (1931) cartoons. Wile E. Coyote often is blown up in his many attempts to catch the Road Runner.
I forgot how good old school cartoon violence is. (YouTube, 2016).
Update 08/05/16– we decided to leave out the skeleton in the arm during editing as we realised that it was too much when we added the electric jolts through the arm itself. I think Lorna did a great job in creating this look, given that it was hard to outline the arm, as it was not rendered on a separate pass.
YouTube. (2016). Wile E. Coyote: 80 explosions in 11 minutes. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R66Fvhx0vQ [Accessed 9 May 2016].
YouTube. (2016). Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (4/5) Movie CLIP – Marv Gets Electrocuted, Harry Blows Up (1992) HD. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTPq0mNS0-0 [Accessed 9 May 2016].