The History Channel's epic series "Knightfall", which premiered December 9th, was such a fantastic project to work on. The creatives at A&E networks contracted Outlines Inc. to visualize concepts when the show was barely in production. With limited reference for costumes, candid shots of the actors off the internet, and independent research of the Templar Knights, the task of fleshing out the visuals was great indeed. Keep these facts in mind as you view the following video board Chris and Outlines team produced as the template for the "Knightfall" trailer.
I came out of the 34th Street subway station to be greeted by this huge billboard. No matter how long I work in this business, It's always a thrill to see the fruits of your labor displayed larger than life!
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IN A WORLD... where the concept is EVERYTHING... who ya gonna call? OUTLINES INC!!!
Check out this art Chris and the crew produced for Hulu's new sci-fi comedy "Futureman" starring "The Hunger Games'" Josh Hutcherson. The fate of humanity depends on it!
On every bus, kiosk and billboard, all around the town... You can see the ads for the Epix network's political comedy "Graves", starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward. Outlines Inc. had a great time creating the art that the photo shoot was so tightly based on.
We, at Outlines, have been waiting for over a year to showcase this work. I am referring to the numerous visual concepts and shooting boards we produced for the History Channel's epic new series, Knightfall.
Outlines was awarded the work so early in the process, that there was no production still photography or film footage shot yet. Many of the first visuals we created were derived from Googling cast member likenesses, visual information on the Templar Knights, and time period. You would think the job would get easier once we got actual reference shots from the show.
The concepts got harder. The creatives at A&E networks are consummate professionals, dedicated to raising the bar. Here's a taste of one of our creative pow-wows:
Art Director: "We need to see an idea for a shooting board."
Chris at Outlines: "Ok, what do you have in mind?"
AD: "In one continuous motion, the camera will open on a lead character in one setting... push through a portal... into another setting... to reveal other characters in a pivotal scene from the storyline."
Chris: "Ok, no problem. How many frames?"
You can't make this stuff up!
I now present the one frame wonder!
Here is more of the work that Outlines created for Knightfall: