More About “Bosquejario I”

featured image showing sketchbook and hands

“…A Sketchbook by Alfredo de Batuc”

The Los Angeles based painter Alfredo de Batuc asked me to make a short video illustrating his work in a particular sketchbook which, following a debilitating encounter with Guillain-Barré syndrome, marked his return to art-making. The results, “Bosquejario I,” the title being Alfredo’s imaginative way of saying “Sketchery – One.” I used a consumer level Canon VIXIA Camcorder, and a Sony DSLR to photograph the entire shoot.
“Bosquejario I,” was an Official Selection of the East Los Angeles Film Festival, 2016, and was premiered at Raleigh Studios, Charlie Chaplin Theatre, Hollywood.

Running time 7′ 30”
Genre: Experimental
Year: 2016
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Format: 1920 x 1080, 29fps, stereo

Getting started

the principal artists
Alfredo de Batuc and me on the set. Photo: Nan Wollman

After the principal photography was completed – how to proceed?

To help get my mind around this project – how to order the images, how to tell the story – I decided to start with real thumbnail sketches and a storyboard.

On my dining room table, Alfredo and I loosely grouped all of the images by theme. One group I wanted to present in a ‘grid’, another group, a standard carousel slide show, and so forth.  At this stage some images were selected as ‘featured’; and would be highlighted in detail.

With all the themes and groups identified, I decided their order of display and marked each packet 1-16 respectively.

Almost ready for Premiere Pro

Before importing the media into my Premiere Pro project, I made bins for each of the 16 slide groups, numbered and titled each bin, and filled the bins with jpeg’s, or, Photoshop Documents (PSD’s), themselves ordered by number. These numbered bins, and files, when imported will be automatically in order, and a tidy project bin is dear to productivity when dealing with more than one hundred images. Layered PSD’s can be imported as sequences – another time saver.

The project bin in Premiere Pro.
The project bin in Premiere Pro.

Once images and sequences were in the time-line, now I needed music for the project. After a lot of listening, Alfredo and I settled on a keyboard composition by Kai Engle which we found at the Free Music Archive (bless their socks).

An example of how I edited to the music

In one sequence, dubbed a ‘three-spot,’ three images pop into view one at a time.

The "three-spot" sequence on the main timeline.
The “three-spot” sequence on the main timeline.

The sequence contains the three images, but they are hidden; double-clicking on the sequence opens it for editing. By default all three images have equal screen-time:

editing three-spot sequence
Three-spot opened for editing.

Returning to the main timeline, I hit keystroke “L” to play over the three-spot sequence. Listening carefully as the playhead moves over the three-spot sequence, I tap keystroke “M” to lay a marker in the place where I want a new image o appear. Markers in place, I double-click on the sequence to edit its layers to the markers. This process was repeated for each sequence, throughout the entire project.

Green markers guide the edits.
Green markers guide the edits.


Social Media

Some gifs

This project was launched late last summer. In support of the social media  campaign surrounding the premiere, I created a number of motion graphics and sundry promotional images. here is a sample:

This gif was made from an .mp4 imported into Photoshop.

Here is a gif made to work well with Twitter.

Short video promos

And, the original Promo for the short

Here is a link to the post announcing this promo:

Here is a link to the “Bosquejario I” Facebook page:

More about Alfredo de Batuc at his website.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this examination of the making of “Bosquejario I.”  It’s been a real joy exploring again this happy project. 

By Beau

Painter, designer (print and digital) since the twentieth century.

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