Thursday, 24 January 2013

Script Ideas

Idea 2 (Further explored)

Here I have created a new plot for my animation based on my Idea I had previously explained about having two door-to-door salesmen competing against each other.

My character would have his own miniature lab as he is aspiring to be an inventor, he has this new invention of cupcakes which has a special ingredient and makes it a well-known product in his neighborhood. He rides on his super speed roller-skates which he had made previously which allows him to travel faster and deliver good service. I feel to include a headline in a newspaper at the start of the scene showing his achievement in his inventions. He is seen looking at it one day while he delivering, and that's when another character is introduced. Its a girl from his high school who essentially has the the same characteristics as my main character, she's quite nerdy, and she is an aspiring inventor too, however she is seen as his competitor. She is seen selling mini cookies on a scooter which has a speed option however it turns out to be more effective than my characters roller skates. This leads him to create a new invention  which turns out to be even more effective, then she tops that with another invention, so on so fourth. They both come to the point where they build a high-tech invention such as jet packs. They wear it one afternoon, and they both notice there's only one door left to knock on, they both fight to sell their product and fly towards the door. In the meantime a kid comes out of the door that they are aiming at, the kid stops and sees the two inventors characters fly towards him. The characters end up colliding into each other and the products fly in the air, the mini cookies fly out the boxes and fall onto the cupcakes when it hits the floor. The kid stares at the cupcake sprinkled with mini cookies, he runs ups to it and eats it. This then sparks an idea for my two characters to sell 'mini cookie cupcakes'.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Script Ideas

Idea 2

After feedback from Phil I decided to use the idea of having two door to door salesman competing against each other, the laboratory could be used to create inventions to make them move faster and deliver more quickly. In the end the two salesmen learn their lessons when they realise they don't get what they want due to their greed.


'One Man Band'

The short animation 'One Man Band' created by Pixar shows the concept of the two competitors fighting for what they want, in terms of this film, the two competitors are trying to win the girls money, but as it turns out the catastrophe created by them competing caused the little girl to lose her coin. And even though she does end up regaining even more money than she lost, she teased them with her money and then threw it in the fountain to get revenge that they deserved to have. 

'Tortoise and the Hare'

The story behind the Tortoise and the hare shows that those who fight will win.  and even though the hare was better suited physically for the race his arrogance and self confidence makes him lose. I'm influenced by this concept of the Hare's thinking, of how he's too arrogant to see whats coming as this teaches himself and the audience a lesson.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Script Ideas

I am currently visualizing different scenarios for my script that would revolve around a comedic story, I was originally thinking of having the day to day salesman working as an inventor, who works in a laboratory, however I thought that they could be two separate characters which can cause conflict in some way which could make the story interesting.

Idea 1
Set in the morning

A young boy in his teens recently started his job as a day to day salesman. His job is to go by door to door and sell electrical equipment for a company to customers. He is seen as being a clumsy, friendly but nervous and awkward person, which makes him a bit unlucky when it comes to sales.


Flint Lockwood - Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

In Cloudy with a chance of meatballs Flint Lockwood is a young inventor, he creates inventions which never turn out to be right, he has a awkward personality which can be seen as funny to the audience

Linguine- Ratatouille

In Ratatouille Linguine gets a job at a famous restaurant after just hearing the news that the head chef who has just passed away. However we see that hes not very fit to be a chef due to his clumsy, and awkward nature much like Flint Lockwood.
In terms of my characters personalities I want to use the characters of Flint Lockwood and Linguini as reference, they work in jobs which involve disastrous and funny situations due to their clumsy natures-something which I would like to include in my story.

Story continued...
He stumbles across a house (somewhat like Edward's house in Edward Scissorhands- a location that is quite obviously unordinary) He usually avoids going to the place from its odd location however, he changes his mind due to the lack sales hes making.
My character nervously knocks on the door, and he is immediately visited by a small funny looking man with round magnified glasses (he's a scientist), in a white lab-coat  my character shows him the equipment hes trying to sell, at first the man seems uninterested, as he glares straight at him without reacting, but when my character shows him a plug-in the scientist's eye widens and he reacts immediately, he tells him to come inside his house while he goes upstairs to get money.
My character being quite nosy steps out the hallway and looks curiously into the living room he trips and falls while admiring a object on the shelf, and hits his elbow on a small lever on the side of the wall without knowing. When the lever is pulled, the room transforms into a laboratory to only which my character realises when he gets up and brushes himself off.
He is shocked, acts quite nervously as he inspects the area, he looks at the scientists lab desk to which finds a peculiar looking box sitting on top of it. When he opens it he finds rollerskates which float out from the box and glow (I can imagine a heavenly sound effect as the roller skates appear out of the box). He acts instinctively, and tries on the rollerskates, and at this point the scientist comes back and finds him in the laboratory. Once he realises what my character has done, and he realises that he's wearing the skates, he runs after him,
My character and the scientist then have a fight sequence, the scientist unexpectedly has karate fight skills, (which I think would add comedy into the story) while my character tries to runway from him, he realises that the roller skates can make him teleport which helps him escape but he is not sure how it entirely works. Whenever the scientist tries to grab him my character randomly teleports to another part of the room,  finally the scientist has him, my character trips on the floor while the scientist jumps in the air to try and grab him (all happening in slow motion) my character flinches and puts his hands over his face to which he teleports again. The scientist is seen slamming on to the ground with my character gone entirely, he looks around the room and punches the ground in frustration.
Meanwhile, my character lands in a very random place which would add a comedic ending
- He could end up on a mountain, somewhere high up on a landmark
-He could land on a moving animal, such as a camel in the desert or a giant elephant in africa
-He can land in a space shuttle ready to launch in space

Im not very sure how to end this story yet, but I want it to be quite unexpected and funny, I also want it to end with my characters voice shouting help, or yelling.




Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Life Drawing 8/02/13

Within this lesson we were told to express and exaggerate the emotion that is portrayed by the model through different mediums and techniques 

Quick 2 minute poses

Emotion: Nervous

Emotion: Sorrow

Emotion: Sorrow

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Unit Storytelling and Commission: Project 1 - Script to Screen

Character: Day-To-Day Salesman 
Hero Prop: Roller Skates
Environment: Laboratory 

After briefly thinking about the possible ways of which my character, hero prop and laboratory can relate to eachother I wanted to write down all my thoughts on possible story lines for my script.

Initial thoughts On Possible Stories: 

1a) My character being a 'day-to-day salesman' could be a low profile inventor who sells or attempts to sell his inventions for a living. One of his new inventions could be my hero prop (roller skates) which could have a particular power, such as roller skates which have a fast speed option, that can fly?

1b) The day-to-day salesman/inventor could be competing against a famous inventor who has recently made the new super-speed roller skates. due to their background in competing my character tries to top his invention and win his rightful fame. 

2a) A day-to-day salesman who rides on roller skates and delivers packages from or to the laboratory, further along the story one of the deliveries could go horribly wrong due to an accident on his skates, visualized in a  comedic way.

2b) A curious Day-To-Day Salesman who delivers packages from the laboratory, spots a package which reads confidential, he opens it finding the new invention of the flying roller skates. He steals it and tries it on and all hell breaks loose-Comedy.

These are the brief ideas I have in my head so far, due to the nature of these ideas I realised I'm visualising my story in more of a comedic way which is because I feel the roller skates could have a funny impact to my script.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Life Drawing

Within this lesson we used inks as a medium which I thought was quite hard to use at first, but after a while it proved itself to be effective

Within this piece I wanted capture the life model's poses and place them in such a way to make an effective composition, I also noticed that ink bled alot when drawing this so I incorporated it within this piece.

I wanted to make use of the ink drawing pen, so I used the top and bottom bit to create thicker and thinner lines for different parts of the body.

CG Artists Toolkit: Maya - Intro to Autodesk Maya


Geometry Shapes

 Character Part 1: Modelling