Friday, April 23, 2010

Animal Firm, Stranger Talk....What?

First week. Horray. It's almost panic time though. Only 6 weeks left. Man time goes fast.

So first project, the big group animation. I am with Ryan, Charlie and Sam. We decided against the Fly apocolypse one on the basis it was too depressing. I was actually quite interested in it, although after hearing the What what what what what brief, I was also interested in that, and kind of wanted to do both.

So we've settled on What. Bassically a project where the only word allowed is 'what'. So after a lot of brainstorming and thinking outloud, we've come up with an idea for a 1 minute animation (about 1 minute anyway). The Idea is, a life in 1 minute.

We had started with sort of single panel ideas, so just...what if that happens....what if this happens. Sam had the idea of putting these all together into one film. Then we devloped that and have decided to make it similar to the new Visa Card adverts. Where the whole thing flows in one movement.
So we start with a pregnant woman giving birth, (the dad is shocked so he says a what?!) the baby stumbles out of the womb turns into a toddler trying to walk, turns into a child who spins around and takes a biscuit out of the jar then turns around into a teenager taking a beer from the fridge and drunkedly stumbles out of the front door, to the mother saying what?? (where have you gone) then he runs off outside (theres more thinking to do with this stage now) and into a theatre that has female builders on the scaoffolding who leer at him (a reversed stereotype) as he runs into the building and onto the stage, plays for a bit in a band, stage dives into the crowd which turns into a skydive, and he lands in an old peoples home on an armchair and, well, dies.

The idea is that it's all one movement, as if he's running through his life.
I've taken the role of producer so I have to set deadlines and make sure everybody is getting on with it. Ryan is going to be the chief animator, Charlie is going to Supreme Tsar of Art Directions. and Sam is going to take charge of a lot of the pre-production stuff.
We're all doing a little bit of everything. I'm more interested in pre and post production so I am taking on more responsibilities there, but obviously with a project like this we're all chipping in with everything.

For the other two drawing projects. I've had some ideas already.
I'm going to do the Stranger Talk one with catheys for this week. Which means I have to ask random people in the street what I should draw for the day. I've had a few worried faces, people get so anxious when a stranger starts to talk to them.
But my first request, and I kid you not, has been, and I quote,
"draw a zombie molesting an old woman in a shopping mall where everyone is oblivious to what is going on"

So that's what I shall be drawing today.

The other one, from Derek, is Animal Firm.
Which is frankly a ridiculous and kind of hilarious idea.
My first response has been to do something similar to the London Pigeon Wars by Patrick Neate.

In that there are 2 gangs of pigeons fighting for control of London. It's an incrdibley orginal and funny book. My favourite part is how the pigeons call each other by their street name and number, so for example, Brickston 143. And how they all talk 'pigeon'...which I shan't spoil for you because it's great.
I think I want to be more adult with this, and make it a bit dark. Maybe something like the Dark Night, where the 'bad guy' is just bent on chaos and has no motive or reason. I also want to have the animals be, birds or in the sea...or mico organisms or insects...just not mammals really.

I also though of Highwaymen Snails.
I'd quite like...If its allowed, I'll have to ask, but do something thats more bandits and highwaymen or sheep rustlers.

I might have to get the films out of the library though, because I've only seen Sexy Beast. that was a great film. maybe something like that, where it's all very calm and tense...

I think I might settle on birds.

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