I came to drawing movies quite by accident; my first attempt, “Watching Beginners,” was inspired by the actual illustrations featured in Mike Mills’s award-winning film. I drew the plot as I watched, live and in real time, without erasing, editing, or stopping. I filled an entire Moleskine notebook in one sitting.
After the experience, I decided to try my hand at the medium again. I waited for what I considered to be the “right” film: one with snappy dialogue, exotic surroundings and a highly emotional plot. The Descendants seemed to meet all the criteria. I ordered it on-demand and set up to draw nonstop. But this film proved to be more difficult, and I needed to pause several times: oncewhen I had to draw a hospital scene, and a second time when the dialogue flew by too fast. But other than that, I drew in real time, albeit a little slower than before.
Next up: “Watching We Need to Talk About Kevin.”