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A Tree of Palme 1: Palme and Popo

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Palme Realizes Xian Has Died
Source: Movie
Layers: 4
Sketches: 2
Cel Number: A3, B3
Oversize, 40.5W x 26.5H

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Added 3/21/2008
Updated 3/25/2015
Then, as the scene builds to a climax, we see an intense close-up of Palme’s face, his expression shifting to horror as the flowers in his hand shatter and petals blow all around him. Sequence numbers: A3 (Palme) A3 kabuse (correction of Palme’s costume around the neck), B3 (flowers and petals), B3 kabuse (air-brushed flower seen at lower right).

This is a great “shock” moment in this dark film, and one that runs directly into the scene featuring the next cel/background. This cel, impressively oversized (405 x 265) to allow for a dramatic, slightly twisting track-back during this cut, is one of many Palme cels that aren’t well served by scanning and resizing: you just need to see the cel itself, nearly filling up an entire pocket in one of my “tall boy” 12 x 17 Profolios.

As you can see from the screen cap and the frame penciled into the douga of the Palme layer (first thumb). the studio intended to show only part of Palme’s face (and half the flower) at this point. Nevertheless, they still rendered the entire blossom and a range of petals realistically, even though they would fall outside the frame and so would never be seen by anyone (except by you, now). Ordering an A3 kabuse of the costume around Palme’s neck (well below the safety) is an especially intriguing decision, since this part of his costume was never designed to go under the camera.

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