FMP Production Log Graphic Novel/Comic Book, Set in medieval times focus Set of comic strips over a on a hunting story or a series of newspapers or scouting mission magazines Graphic Novel set in the early 1900’s focusing on a jazz 3D model of an FMP idea for a new singer of importance BRAINSTORM before their fame or style of jazz club set in town rising to their fame 3D model of a 1900’s jazz club Electronic comic strip released environment online over a period of weeks o months Adobe Illustration of a series of old fashioned 1900’s posters displaying jazz music and blues instruments to be shown in music stores to either attract jazz fans or increase peoples interest in jazz and blues.
Settling on an Idea For my Final Major Project I settled on the idea of creating a graphic novel based the iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. The main reason I chose this as my final idea is because I enjoy listening to soul and jazz music and already knew a lot about the subject beforehand, so I knew I would understand the characters and the time and age. I focused on Ella Fitzgerald because she is my favourite jazz singer, and the most relatable for me. I decided to include other jazz singers who would make guest appearances or be more involved in the actual plot like Nina Simone, Ethel Waters and Nat King Cole.
Gathering Research For my research I went into Manchester Town and entered a few different stores that sold comics and graphic novels and merchandise like that. I took previously written up questionnaires and asked as many people as I could about their preferences to Graphic Novels genre, make and style, and their purpose of being in the store on that day. I got more than ten responses, including one from the store owner.
Ideas Generation, using research collected From handing out my questionnaires I have discovered that the majority of comic and graphic novel fans prefer hardback books to any other kind, and would be interested in my idea. Therefore I have decided to continue working with my black hardback sketchbook for the Graphic novel and with the general idea of Ella Fitzgerald’s rise to fame.
Qualitative and Quantitative ResearchForums and Polls, On carrying out my different types of research (qualitative and quantitative) I went online to look at statistics of the best sold kind of graphic novels over the past few years and the best sold genre and type. This was to get a general overlook of the preferences of the community as a whole rather than a close inquiry of specific people’s preferences. I also looked at numerous comics and graphic novel forums and polls to witness the overall outlook of the specific audience of people.
Carrying out visual researchVisiting Manchester Art Gallery and Dawson’s Music Store To carry out extra research I visited Manchester Art Museum and the Dawson’s music store to look at 1900’s work more closely. I found quite a few pieces from the early 1900’s time frame and photographed them including furniture and place settings. When I visited Dawson’s music store to look for brass instruments such as saxophones and trumpets that would have been played back in the 1920’s time. Unfortunately they didn’t have anything that matched what I was looking for in stock and only had lyrics and note books on jazz music so I went online instead when I returned home and collected images from their website of old fashioned types of saxophones and trumpets and uploaded them onto my blog.
Storyline and Character ListThe main focus of the project is the storyline as it is essentially a novel. I would create the project by first creating therough outline of what would happen, usually by using bullet points to convey the story in small parts from the beginning tothe end, and then read over it and check it to make sure that it flowed well. The bullet points therefore provide structureto the project, the basic shell of the idea if you will.• Provide structure• Break up the storyline into smaller main points• Separate storyline into larger chapters so I understand where in the story I am (beginning, middle toward the end)I would specifically focus on Ella Fitzgeralds’ life and biography. This would give me a clear idea of what happened in herearly life so I could use the general scenarios in my novel so it appears if only a little realistic and follows most truths ofher life. I would be respectful above all else and show her in a good light so as not to offend anyone, but also becauseshe has been a idol to both me and my grandmother. I would hopefully create unique and interesting characters with astory of their own and their own personality, without veering from the original concept of following Ella.The title ‘Hollow Queen’ came to me because Ella Fitzgerald was originally the Queen of Jazz. I decided on the titlebecause I already had an idea of how I could put a fantastical twist into the storyline to add intrigue.I was thinking that I could add the fictional idea of a temptation which offered her fame and wealth such as aunderhand, back street voodoo character, or demons of some sort beckoning her to accept a deal for glory. This wasmainly because when she was younger she went through a very difficult time which made her vulnerable andunpredictable, including the death of her mother Tempie and her boyfriend Joe, being sent to a rehabilitation school, being beaten and living rough. So the story would revolve around whether the Queen of Jazz chose to believe acharlatan gifted her talent, and that she did not earn it, or that she worked for her passion all her life.
Basic Storyline1931 Begins with Ella living with her mother Tempie, step father Joe and half-sister Frances who was around 8years old. 1932 Tempie died from serious injuries, attained in a car accident, Tempie’s presence is there at thefuneral. Virginia, Tempie’s sister takes Ella home with her.Unable to adjust, Ella became unhappy and unpredictable, her grades dropped dramatically and she frequentlyskipped school. After getting in trouble with the police she was taken into a reforming school where hercaretakers beat her badly, eventually at 15 years of age she escaped the reformatory, broke and alone shestrove to survive. A predatory trickster character notices her crying alone in the street running away and followsher, offering her glory, fame and talent. She is of course reluctant and refuses at first, but he convinces her. Hestates there is no catch but his intention is less than honourable. Tempie looks on. Vulnerable with no way totake care of herself or ensure her survival she accepts the deal, he snips some of her hair and disappears,Trickster is there leaning against a lamppost in the street, expecting to be paid rubs fingers together impatientlyElla wants to avoid him, makes the band go to Coney Island to the fairground attraction on the boardwalk in thesnow. Flash of lightning in the clouds, the demon he made a pact with appears from a lightning strike, wants its’payment. Trickster shows up at the Grappler, ‘journalism, newspaper printing place’ where the interviewis, grabs Ella before she goes in the room to join the others, he’s degraded even more, can see his true faceshowing through. Demon storms through the door, still hasn’t received her payment, last chance for her soulElla steps back Tempie stands in front of her daughter protectively and refuses her. She tears Tricksters soulfrom his body, falls limp and sets alight. As if nothing had ever happened she composes herself and tips herhat, then leaves. Ella says goodbye to Tempie.Main CharactersElla Fitzgerald, Temperance F, Virginia F, Frances Da Silva, Joseph Da Silva, Chick Webb, Charlie Linton, BennyCarter, Paul Robeson, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Ray Brown, Benny Kornegay,the Trickster, the Demon,
Pre ProductionThe main materials I would require to complete this project I fortunately have easy access to. Theseresources include a good quality pencil, and hardback sketchbook, and accompanying drawing tools such asrulers, erasers, sharpeners etc. Once the novel is sketched out, I will decide whether or not to ink it with fineliners and Indian ink to make it stand out, or leave the original work and scan it in to add black tone as wellas hints of colour. If I decided to add colour to the novel I would use Photoshop or another computerprogram to add hints of light colour in a mainly black and white world.I also worked out what Copyright Issues could arise with the creation of my projectI should presume that any work published after 1922 will be protected under the US. Copyright law. A workthat isn’t protected by the copyright law is known as public domain and is available to be used freely. If it isunder intellectual properties law then unauthorised use may be okay. A principle known as “fair use” allowsme to copy small parts or pieces of a work without obtaining permission but as is left to interpretation, canbe a risk.The obvious risk of not requesting permission would be being sued. It is recommended that I seekpermission if I am unsure whether it is public domain or not. A fee may be required to continue workingwith permission depending on the factors.To seek permission I must identify the owner of the rights of the work that I wish to use. For my graphicnovel I wish to use a fictional representation of somebody who actually existed Ella Fitzgerald. Sadly theQueen of Jazz passed away June 15th 1996 in Beverly Hills, USA; therefore I would have to search for herpredecessor who would be the owner of her estate in the present. I would have to do this for any otherperson I wish to use as well.
Carried Out Visual Research Reference Images For Characters Ella Fitzgerald Ethel Waters Billie Holiday Duke Ellington Chick Webb Ray Brown Benny Carter Dizzy Gillespies band Paul Robeson Temperence Fitzgerald (Tempie- Ella’s mother)
Character Sketches and drawing styles Character Ideas Ella Fitzgerald Studies
Carried Out Visual Research for CharactersTaken from Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge
Carried Out Visual Research and Inspiration for the Trickster Sneaky and dishonest, disreputable Changes over amongst the dead, which is how time, becomes Tempie knows of him thinner and more skeletal and deranged, his true self begins to show through as the Demon slowly takes his youth and health because he is not being paid the full amount. Like how the Beldam from CoralineDresses refined to fit in with the time and changes over timeeveryone else, is conniving and calculating when because Coralineit comes to deals, there is always a disobeys her andcatch, usually payment for the demon doesn’t believe her.
Carried Out Visual Research and Inspiration for the DemonTaken from popular American television show Supernatural, Dragon Age cinematic trailer ‘Sacred Ashes and Concept Art World Appears mainlyDiscolouration of the human so she caneyes, red, yellow, black, white, an abnormal blend in when incolour with no showing pupils or iris, just one public but canwhole abnormal colour change her face, remove her cover easily
Beginning ProductionVisual Research, Graphic Novel Styles and Covers