Idea One: The StoryA University Animation Student is working at her desk, sketching character ideas.She stops drawing a quick sketch of a character’s outline, puts down her pencil,picks up the piece of paper and screws it up - tossing it in the paper bin besideher desk. She then stands up and leaves the room.An unfinished Stop Motion Armature model named Slim is sitting on the desk.When the Student leaves, the Model stirs, blinking his eyes. He stands up andhurriedly makes his way to the edge of the desk, looking below at the paper bin.He makes a “fishing rod” out of a pencil, a piece of string and paper clip andlowers it down into the paper bin. He grabs the screwed up piece of paper, andhoists it back up onto the desk. Slim opens up the screwed up piece ofpaper, revealing Sketch, the character drawing on the paper. Slim reachestowards Sketch’s head on the paper, and grabs his outline - then pulls him off thepaper. Sketch blinks, coming to life, looking around and he looks at his rescuer.They both look happy to meet each other.Slim and Sketch then wander across the desk to a piece of paper with writing onit. In large letters, the paper says “2nd Year Film.” The two characters look at oneanother sadly, knowing that they will not be in the movie as they are unfinishedand unwanted.
Whilst Sketch is coming to terms with his existence, Slim seems like he has anidea. He gestures to Sketch, then points to the Student’s computer. They nod ateach other determinedly, and quickly make their way to the keyboard.Slim and Sketch work together to try and find anything that may give themanswers as to what the Student is using in her final film - and why they are notgood enough for it. They come across a file named “Unfinished 3D CharacterIdea” and they open it. The file opens and within it is a colourful simplistic 3DCharacter made up of basic shapes named CMYK. Slim and Sketch look closerat this Character until suddenly she comes to life. CMYK blinks, looking aroundand notices the two characters that are staring at her. Excited, CMYK jumps outof the screen to greet them. She seems curious and care free. Slim and Sketchshow CMYK the Student’s brief which changes her mood entirely. She looks sadand shares the same sentiment as her two new friends.The three of them continue their search to find what the Student will be using inher final film. They manage to find a Movie File named “2nd Year Film”.Delighted, they open it - and can not believe their eyes. Upon the screen, theysee themselves, looking at the screen. Confused, Slim turns his head behind him,and the version of himself on the screen copies simultaneously. A few seconds goby - and then they realise what this means. It means they are in the final film afterall!
The CharactersThis is afinishedCharacterconcept for theCharactersSketch, CMYKand Slim.
Reasons why I like this idea: 1) It’s a Challenge. I’ve not properly attempted to animate in 3D or in Stop Motion before but I believe this idea gives me the perfect opportunity to try it out. 2) I think the idea is a strong one and if done well, will look great when it’s finished. 3) I like the Story. I like how the Characters are trying to find out why they are not being used in the film when it turns out they are the final film. Anyone watching the film knows that but they don’t realise it until the end. Which I think makes a really nice story. 4) I have ideas of how I’m going to achieve all the effects I’m trying to achieve. For example, Sketch will be animated by hand, and each time I draw his out line I’m not going to do it perfectly, which should hopefully create a shifty moving effect that I’m going to try and achieve. 5) The background/back drop of the entire film will be a real life location.
Idea Two: The Story of “F-2-O”“Finally, calm had come over this wasteland, and the placewhere my home town once stood had turned to dust...”
Idea Two: The Story “F-2-O”Main Events:- Kia and Lear are best friends, Lear tells Kia of how his father takes him tohis laboratory on a regular basis to look at some weird blue goo (F-2-O), and howhe says it’s able to harm you and heal you. Kia is fascinated by this and asks tosee it. Lear takes Kia into the laboratory basements while his father is not aroundto show Kia the F-2-O.- Lear’s father dies – this affects Lear’s and Kia’s friendship.- Lear grows up scarred by how his father died.- Lear studies science and electronics in school and develops his alreadystrong understandings and skills in the subjects, he accepts a job at the laboratorywhere his father worked to require more data and research into the F-2-O’s power– as no other person knows of its healing ability.- It is learned that F-2-O has an effect on the brain – it can quickly allow themind to be consumed by its potential power – but it would only depend the personhow the mind will deal with it.- Kia returns to the story as a young woman looking for Lear, she becomesconcerned when Lear shows the same signs his father showed when he wasbecoming obsessed with the F-2-O. Kia attempts to help Lear open up toher, where she then learns that he plans to use the F-2-O for another purpose.
- Lear builds a suit that can harness the power of F-2-O and turn it into a powerfulweapon – this gives him the ability to fly at high speeds and cause explosions on a highscale – it also means he cannot be stopped by any other force such a bullets as the F-2-O flows throughout the suit and heals the body before it can become harmed. Lear triesto convince himself that he did this to help the world, to give people protection – but hesoon became devoured by the power and uses it to take control of the world. He soongoes too far, and begins to destroy it.- Kia sought safety in the deep basements of the laboratories where Lear workedand moved her mother and herself there to escape from Lear’s wrath. Her mother wasbeing nursed at home and was very sick, and without the proper care was surely goingto die. Kia felt so certain that it was God’s plan that she knew Lear – and he was going tobecome the person the end the world – that she believed she had been chosen to stophim. She had the access to the laboratories and to the remaining F-2-O substances, andwas the only other person alive to be aware of F-2-O’s other power – healing. Lear has asuit, so Kia was sure she was unable to stop him. She began to pray to God, asking himfor help... Suddenly, she remembers what happened to Lear’s father when he climbedinto the container of F-2-O – it destroyed him. She wonders is the F-2-O will have thesame effect on her. She decides that God will spare her if it all went wrong, but shebelieves that the F-2-O will not harm her – but instead, give her to power to heal. Sheclimbs into the F-2-O container, but nothing happened – it was like she had slipped into abath. She climbs out, confused, why did it not harm her? And why did it not react to her?She returns to her mother, who informs her she is about to pass away. Kia’s mother asksto hold her daughters hand and tells her to trust’s God’s plan. As she closes her eyes todie, her decayed body suddenly begins to morph back into a healthy one. Her faces
Character SketchesThese are some CharacterSketchesof Lear and Kia. Theirappearancesmay change quite a lot duringdevelopment but this is ratherclose to what I imagine them tolook like.These sketches are them astheir young stages.I wanted it to be obvious to theirpersonalities in their appearanceas they are both very opposite toone another.
Reasons why I like this idea: 1) I started to write this Story idea a few years ago but never finished it, I’ve never forgot about it because it’s one of my favorite ideas I’ve ever had. I decided a long time ago that this was an idea for a feature length movie rather than a written story. This means making this into a 2 Minute Trailer would be a great opportunity for me to develop this idea as though it was a feature length film. 2) This would be a great opportunity to experiment will all kinds of dynamic and interesting animation effects. 3) I really like the Story and have wanted to do something with it for quite some time. 4) This idea is very different to anything I’ve done before and I would get a lot of enjoyment out of developing this idea.
Idea Three: Young Persons BereavementAwarenessThis Idea is a lot different to my other two ideas. And is a rather personal subject.On Wednesday the 28th of July 2010 I was visiting UCLAN during Flying Start. Iwas sitting in Source Bar with a group of new friends I had made during the visitwhen I received a text from an unknown number.That text message changed my life.The text message had been sent from the boyfriend of my very close friend Katie.It said “I’m sorry to inform you of this in this way, but we didn’t want you to find outsome other way from someone else…” I realized that this text message wasabout to tell me some bad news. I stepped outside the Bar, and continued to readthe text,“Katie passed away Saturday morning after suffering a Cardiac Arrest whilst inhospital.”This message came as quite a shock as I was unaware Katie was in hospital atall. The Cardiac Arrest had happened suddenly with out warning after large bloodclots reached her heart. This is what she was being treated in hospital for.She was 19 years old.
Idea Three: Young Persons BereavementAwarenessThe following few weeks and months were very difficult for me. I was about tostart at University and was moving out, lots of things were happening all atonce and on top of everything I was only just coming to terms with a bestfriend passing away.I was completely unprepared for losing a friend. No one had ever said to mewhilst growing up “You might lose a friend. A friend, a young person, mightdie.” I had been prepared for losing family members and losing a family pet,but never for losing a friend.This is the notion I am going to concentrate on when developing this film.Something that is very important to explain, this film would not be aboutKatie, but more about myself and how I came to terms with losing Katie andhow I coped during the Bereavement.This film would be aimed at Young People around the same age who mayhave also had a similar experience; and also to raise awareness to otheryoung people that it is possible to lose a friend at a young age.
Idea Three: Young Person’s BereavementAwarenessFor this film, I would use artistic approaches tothe Animation, such as using different artstyles such as Water Colours, Pop Art, “PaperCut Outs” etc.An example of a style I would use forInspiration can be seen in the recent TwiningsHerbal Tea Advert.As this film doesn’t really have a “StoryStructure” – it would mostly be narrated bymyself and I would animate the film based onwhat I am talking about.I like this idea a lot because there is an awfullot of personal touches I would be able to use.There are many things I would be able to talkabout and elaborate on to produce a reallystrong and interesting finished film.This film would mean a lot to me and I will beable to put my heart into making it.
Thank You For Listening Idea One: The 2D, 3D and Stop Motion Characters. Idea Two: The Movie Trailer. “F-2-O” Idea Three: Young Persons Bereavement Awareness.http://ems2econdyearfilm.tumblr.com