Showing posts with label Panning shot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Panning shot. Show all posts

13 February 2012

Six-armed statue.

Here is a panning shot from the She-Ra episode "The Laughing Dragon" that I have always wanted to assemble for this Blog, but never quite found the time to. Even though this pan features Adora, Castaspella and Sorrowful, the main attraction is the beautifully-illustrated six-armed statue. I have no clue as to what this statue represents in Castaspella's kingdom of Mystacor, but it is a fantastic piece of Etherian artistry!

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14 October 2011

The Moonstone chamber.

As I have professed many times over "Glimmer's Story" from She-Ra's season one is by far one of the worst of the series. However, dare I say this; there are a few good moments in the episode. One of which is the inclusion of the Moonstone, and the awesome temple-like chamber that houses it. What I like about the Moonstone concept is that it gives Bright Moon a certain mysticism; something that was sadly missing for much of the series. It was established early on that Queen Angella was a being of magic and could link herself to her castle, but many of the writers never addressed that story. It is just a shame that the Moonstone appears in one of the poorest episodes of the series...

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07 March 2011

The castle of King Jared.

"The Crown of Knowledge" is a very unique She-Ra episode with a plot that does not feel at all like an average episode of the series. Here is a beautiful panning shot seen in the episode showing the landscape upon which King Jared's castle sits. The way in which the sky is painted from day to night is impressive, as are the harsh clouds that seem to rear up behind the castle. No points for spotting Loo-Kee though; it was always fairly easy...

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26 January 2011

Skull path.

Here is a fantastic panning shot from the She-Ra season one episode "Enemy With My Face" of Skull Path, an incredibly remote location on Etheria. These detailed atmospheric environments were sadly not developed enough during the She-Ra series, which tended to focus on the more familiar locations. Filmation background artists were often at their best designing backgrounds that were comprised of skeletal structures. And yes, that is Loo-Kee on the left hand side...

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17 January 2011

Bright Moon battles on...

Here is a panning shot from the season two She-Ra episode "Return Of The General" in which we see the warriors of Bright Moon preparing for an attack by the Evil Horde. This panning shot also features the rarely seen guards that serve Queen Angella. These characters tended to vary in design throughout the series, and were never really all that noteworthy in their appearances. Whilst these characters have an interesting look about them, it is not in-keeping with the majesty of Bright Moon itself.

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02 September 2010

See how they run...

In the episode "Return Of The General", as the Evil Horde abandon their latest attack, we see a panning shot showing the relation of Bright Moon to the Whispering Woods. Oddly, even though we are used to seeing Bright Moon surrounded by dense forestry, here the artists have made the surrounding land mass look somewhat barren. And yes, Glimmer is flying. This was one of those episodes where they decided she could fly...

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27 August 2010

The Sea Hawk returns!

Here is a fantastic panning shot of Sea Hawk from the She-Ra season one episode "Anchors Aloft" Part 2, directed by Bob Arkwright. Like with all memorable moments in the Filmation He-Man and She-Ra series the inclusion of a moon makes a scene all the more dramatic! I am always disappointed that Bob Arkwright only directed one episode of He-Man with "Evilseed" and one episode of She-Ra with "Anchors Aloft" Part 2, because he was by far one of the most talented animation directors at the time...

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01 August 2010

At Skeletor's mercy...

Although I was not a fan of the way in which the artists drew the backgrounds during the Mike Young Productions version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, this background from "The Price of Deceit" is beautiful to behold. Larry DiTillio originally wanted to make this location the ruins of Shokoti's temple from the original Filmation series, but that idea was vetoed by those in charge of the show. I love how tiny Evil-Lyn and Skeletor are when compared to the evil that clearly lurks throughout the vast structures of the ruins...

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28 July 2010

A crash helmet?

In the She-Ra season one episode "Anchors Aloft" Part 2 we see Adora and Spirit in a Horde prison. Oddly on the wall next to Adora's Sword of Protection we see what appears to be a crash helmet. Not only is it a crash helmet, but it is a crash helmet with a star on the side! I am not sure what purpose this served the Horde army...

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12 July 2010

Orko on Etheria.

Here is a lovely panning shot of Orko on Etheria from the She-Ra season one episode "A Talent for Trouble". Many will recognize this background as one of the first images of Etheria we see in the first episode of the series "Into Etheria". I have always been a fan of this background, due to the fact that it not only showcases the different ways in which Etheria is designed differently to Eternia, but it also creates a sense of depth with the pathway that sprawls into the distance.

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04 July 2010

Teela's room?

In the She-Ra episode "The Anxious Apprentice" we see Ariel, Castaspella's apprentice, sulk off to her room, frustrated at her education. In the establishing panning shot we can see that her room looks rather lovely. However, upon closer inspection we can see that the corridor outside her room looks a lot like those seen within the Royal Palace on Eternia. This is because Ariel's room is in fact Teela's room as seen in the season one He-Man episode "The Starchild".

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19 March 2009

By the power of...

"Orko's Favorite Uncle" features a nice panning shot of Prince Adam holding aloft the Sword of Power. What makes this panning shot particularly interesting is that unlike every other episode the camera does not truck-in towards the sword as it pans upwards. This treats us to a near-full view of the sword as Adam begins to call upon the power. The reason the scene was shot in this way is due to the fact that the sword is knocked out of our hero's hand seconds later, and the director wanted to capture more of the action.

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12 December 2006

Tataran's Army (again)!

Here is another great panning shot from the He-Man season two episode "The Arena." As with the other panning shots that I showcased from this episode in an earlier Blog entry look out for the obvious join in this image. You can see where the artist has had to paint two separate backgrounds as one whole one. This image is a great piece of directing, as the forces of evil prepare their attack on the Royal Palace.

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10 December 2006

Tataran's Army!

He-Man's "The Arena" is one of season two's best episodes. There are two opening panning shots where we are introduced to General Tataran's warriors. While these panning shots are very much filler material they do function as great expositional scenes showcasing the scale and variety of General Tataran's army. Be on the lookout out for the obvious extended background joins in this image!

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And here we have the very familiar panning shot of Snake Mountain covered by General Tataran's army!

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08 December 2006

Kroom Fortress...

Robby London crafted a wonderfully, backwards, crazy world with Trolla as was evident in "Dawn of Dragoon." However in season two of He-Man Larry DiTillio turned Trolla into more of a fantasy world that was much like Eternia, with beings of all shapes and sizes inhabiting it. The Krooms and their fortress were one such new introduction to Orko's homeworld in the He-Man season two episode "Trouble in Trolla." As you can see here the artists at Filmation painted a beautiful panning background of the fortress, but I think most of you will agree that this location does not really belong on Trolla and would be far better suited on Eternia!

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City of Wisdom.

"Wizard of Stone Mountain" from He-Man's season one features a very nice flashback to the days when Teela and Mallek were much younger, studying in the City of Wisdom. We can only question as to where on Eternia the City of Wisdom is located, but as you can see from this beautifully assembled panning shot that it carried the memorable color scheme, pinks and purples, that the Royal Palace had long established! It also makes me wish that the series had featured more flashbacks to other locations on Eternia...

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04 December 2006

Plundor's factory!

"Quest for He-man" aside from featuring the magnificent Plundor also has some fantastical imagery scattered throughout the episode. None more so than the exceedingly comical fortress that Plundor uses as his base of operations in his conquest of Trannis. Here I have assembled a pan that you will either worship as pure genius on Filmation's part, or print out and throw darts at...

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30 November 2006

Man-At-Arms' Laboratory...

Well, November has easily been the busiest month for this Blog; a total of EIGHTY posts! :)

Here is a familiar He-Man panning shot that I have assembled from the season one episode "Disappearing Act." I always enjoyed this piece of artwork by the Filmation artists showing Man-At-Arms' laboratory in all its glory. All too often the storyboard artist and director would make the laboratory seem rather small and closed off with the characters all gathered in one spot. Here we can see the true size of the laboratory, stretching far out into the distance with wondrous shapes and inventions.

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That's no mouse...

It is funny how a panning shot can make a monster look so much larger than it actually is! In this assembled panning shot from the season one He-Man episode "Orko's Favorite Uncle" we can see the Manticore was very big, but by no means a towering giant. For some reason I always imagined the creature to be so much larger, but this image shows its true size! Also it appears that Prince Adam is not even looking at the Manticore...

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The Crimson Valley...

In the season one He-Man episode "Eternal Darkness" Prince Adam and Teela journey to the Crimson Valley to investigate some explosions that Orko has heard. Here we can see that once again the artists of Filmation have created another beautiful image showcasing Eternia's weird locations! The "reddish cast" as described by the script is evident across the land, and the director has even made sure to include a sun, requested in the script. If you look at the map of Eternia earlier in the episode Prince Adam points to where exactly on Eternia the Crimson Valley is. Maybe another post for another time?

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