We are really excited to share this first review with you. We are very pleased with how BAYOU is progressing!
This is the first of 3 reviews for Island Princess' BAYOU. The review will be in 5 parts. Please feel free to comment in the comment section below or via email or conference call. All comments are due by end of day 2/25/14.
1) Act 1a - Cemetery to New Orleans Street, sunset
This shows the Cemetery backdrop for the funeral procession and the camera move into the second scene. The aspect ratio on this render is extra wide, but we will make adjustments based on how much of the screen is covered by stage elements.
2) Preservation Hall Backdrop — ROUGH SKETCH
This is a first rough of a possible preservation hall backdrop, based on the current look of preservation hall but with some additions. If it is not important to resemble the actual preservation hall, then we would make some changes here — for instance, different style window and some more art on the walls.
3) Act 1b - New Orleans to Brothel, night
When the band descends, we exit the preservation hall interior. Night has fallen and this render shows an excerpt of the final part of the medley and then the turn to “House of the rising sun." The idea here as the we position the lower story of the house to line up well with the on-stage railings.
For “Ain’t No Other Man” the lights in the house would flash and chase and become more of a abstract backdrop. For "Your No Good” we come back to realism and the house “shuts down” for the night with all the interior lights going off and seeming empty on the street.
4) Act 2 - Bayou
This shows “Bad Moon Rising” up until the camera comes to a stop for one of these nights. When the camera stops is when the physical hanging moss on stage would drop for the first time. Eventually there will be fireflies throughout.
NOTE: This render has a little problem — the back layer of painted tress gets bigger over the course of the shot, so it almost looks like mountains at the end — that won’t be there in future versions.
Also, We’re planning to make the moon reflection more present in the water and make the water a little more lit and present throughout, so it will backlight the actor and stage more through on-stage fog.
5) Act 3 - Mardis Gras - 3D ROUGH RENDER
This is a 3D blocking render only to show the overall movement, composition and timing. "Jambalaya on the Bayou” and "Treme Song” would occur in the square, decorated with streamers. Then the camera rotates as the first mardi gras costume dancers come on stage and all of “Iko Iko” takes place during the movement down the street.