In the matcap, the hair definitely looks too big, but it renders more compact. I based the styling on pics of Fay Wray as Ann Darrow, and for the time, she had a very “tousled” look, even when not in the jungle with Kong:
or in her publicity stills:
I tried to style the upper part of the hair system to be more controlled
but hair collision tends to puff it out, I’ll see if I can compensate. Unfortunately if I get it too close to the collision hull it implodes
The first run-through of the matcap previz is continuous, please take a look at that. I’ll no doubt be refining the moves as the setting and storyline evolves, so thanks for the comments about overall fluidity, I’ll keep them in mind.
The lighting stills were placed in context to illustrate how the lighting changes with the progress of the action, as the camera circles the figure and Ann goes from cautious to terrified. You’re right that the lighting will need to complement the final setting, but it also has a very important psychological role to play, so these tests are explorations of that dimension as well. I’m sure I’ll be making many adjustments as the scenes play out into final form, and I also have to take into account any intercuts – even in this short sequence there will probably be at least one – and how the lighting unifies the action across such cuts.