Exercise 2: Shape

monsters inc image
Part A: Study the above image for a few minutes.
  • Can you locate the main shapes in this image?
  • How does shape influence where you look and what meaning and emotion is conveyed?
Part B: Find a frame from one of your three favorite films. Notice how shapes are used.
  • What are the unique characteristics that help establish the mood and story?
  • On a piece of paper, draw the composition using the simple shapes. Feel free to overlay each frame and trace on top of it with a highlighter.
Part C: For your own story, identify the main shape for your main character(s).
  • What does the shape of the character imply?
  • Does their shape change over time?
  • Put this character in a scene from your story and try sketching out the composition using simple shapes.
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