As I thought about the situation, I realized there was a possibility here for some comic business in the background.
The Old Man, intent on what he is doing, is oblivious of all else around him, but unwittingly he is disturbing the other men in the large restroom.
I knew right away I didn't want to do any gags about farting or anything else scatological, but I did see that I could make something out of the vague discomfort and wariness that many men feel when in a public restroom.
Following are a few drawings showing the development of this short scene. Some of them may not make the final cut, but they illustrate the storyboard artist's exploration of potential comic elements.
|We see the big trunk being dragged into the men's room. No need to |
animate the Old Man here!
|Next, a shot of a men's room user, vacantly staring at the wall. It is|
obvious what he is doing.
|Go to close up.|
|Unusual noises wake him up. (The viewer has already heard|
these same noises before: it is the Old Man opening the buckles
and catches of his big suitcase.)
|He tries to see without turning his head, but...|
|...in the end he must turn his head.|
|Wide shot of the room. The Old Man is about to open his case.|
|Another man gets curious.|
|With a flourish, the Old Man whips out a heavy overcoat from the open case, startling a man about to leave the restroom.|
Some of these images are not final storyboard panels, but I am well on my way to locking this section of storyboard down into precise camera shots and angles.
I'm having fun in the men's room. How about you?