My son, The Director, is currently in the process of writing his next script. The process of writing seems to be a grueling task for many writers. It’s a huge undertaking to develop characters, design a plot, and to develop a scene that is going to visually interesting. I admire my son’s courage as he takes on his first full length story.
So, “The Director” meets the characters in his imagination and gives them a story. He completes the script but the characters are still not fully developed. Next, he begins the process of pre-production on the film, finding the right actor to play the part. When the actor is chosen we finally have a face to match the character, but the process isn’t complete yet. The actor then takes the script and develops the character more fully, giving them a back story, finding out what their motivations, and understanding their character in an intimate way. The character is then given a wardrobe, hair style and make-up that matches his/her unique personality.
Finally, the filming begins, the director and the actors start to do the work of really make these characters come alive on-screen.
I find the whole process fascinating and it was the thing that I was contemplating as I painted these characters. I like to give my viewer the opportunity to do some character development as well. I leave my figures abstract to encourage the viewer to give a story to the characters or to place themselves in the scene.
Oil on canvas