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Part 5: Milestones Making a 120 page graphic novel, you need a set of landmarks or you’ll get lost. I started with dividing the story into three parts. Seemed like an appropriate number. I have now finished the first 40 pages and printed a sample for presentation. The three acts don’t completely follow the Hollywood standard, […]
Part 4: References I mentioned earlier, that films such as “The French Connection” and “Bullit” are some of my major influences on this project. It’s a contemporary story, and yet the cops look like they wandered out of an episode of “Streets of San Francisco”. I wanted them to look off, like they’re relics in […]
Part 3: Shark Sequence What’s the first color you think of, when you think of a cop drama? Blue, right? So I decided I wouldn’t use blue in at all. I started doing the book in monochrome, yellowish-grey tones, with the plan to go over it again on the computer. But having done the first […]
Part 2: INT: HOTEL Always have someone killed in the first scene. That’s my goal, anyway. Originally this opening scene was longer, but something as mundane as page count made me decide to cut it here. More of a cliffhanger that way, too. The inciting incident is actually borrowed from “Bullit”, just as there are […]
Part 1: A new project takes form Having finished the script for “The Devil’s Concubine”, another story started brewing in my mind, starring the two cops, Maynard and Alphonse. I wanted it to look just like any other cop buddy-movie. Maynard a grumpy family man constantly worried about not being in control, Alphonse a young, […]