So what happens when Petunia & Chicken separate (as inevitably happens with star-crossed lovers)?

Montages.

Well, two montages.

Basically our task was to fill in the several year gap until Petunia & Chicken are reunited.  Montages come from the film world, and the style we’re performing in borrows heavily from that world.  So we’ve got to create two series of images that each tell a story.  We’re condensing everything into these images to get a lot of information out as quickly as possible.

So there are two main components in creating these: structure and staging.  In structuring we have to decide what images to show.  We’re not going to show everything that happened to them while they were apart, only the most important moments.  And when these moments are strung together, a story needs to unfold.  Almost like a flip book.  So what we do is create a lot of images where multiple pieces of information are being given.  For example, one of the first images of Chicken is when he’s in Alaska searching for gold.  But it’s not enough to see that he’s started on his adventures.  So we add a ravenous bear to show how out of his element Chicken is, and we have Chicken think of Petunia fondly while he searches to show that he still misses her.  Basically we establish 2 plot points for the montage in this first image.  1.  Chicken is out of his element.  2.  Chicken misses Petunia.  By the end of the montage, we need to have arrived at our 2 new plot points.  1.  Chicken has grown into a strong, confident man.  3.  Chicken has forgotten about Petunia.  Creating a believable and interesting order of images between the beginning and the end plot points is the task of careful structuring.

Staging, for our purposes, is the movement of the performers.  Or even more specifically to our montage creation, the movement of the montage transitions.  We have to move between each image in the montages quickly and efficiently, to give the sense of the quick cuts between shots in film montages.  This means modifying or cutting elements of the images that, while we may like them, don’t allow us to move as quickly as possible.

I’ll leave you with a few photos of our montage work!

I’m going to find gold!

That’s the biggest pearl I’ve ever seen!

Stay back mummy!

You’ve got to repay your father’s debts!

Keep working, Ambrosch!

I may have a solution to your problem.

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