We finalised our four ideas today to the following;
- Cassie’s Mom and the Lightbulb
- Bully circle- sticks and stones
- Hidden disorder- Blindness
- Chip on your shoulder (teapots)
Cassie’s Mom and the Lightbulb
Although nothing is set in stone yet we realised that the character design in this animation is kind of nailed already- given that we all draw C.M. in the same way. We experimented with different ways to convey the story and how it could be edited together,
We liked the idea of little warning symbols appearing around the screen- something easily done in editing in After Effects. The music video for Grimes: Maim vs Kill has something similar to what we wanted to achieve, especially in the fluorescent lamp style look to the font. Could we have like little wiggly lines around her head- in an over exaggeration shown in the old Chuck Jones cartoons.
Stills from Grime’s music video.
Another idea that we had for this storyline was the inclusion of the light as a character in the animation. The ‘animal companion’ as applied to Vogler’s book, which we previously studied. We thought it would look quite cute too, as our lightbulb wants to reunite with his best friend- Cassie’s Mom.
Exploring the use of the lightbulb as a character.
Sticks and Stones
This animation was based off of our research into both the shape animations (one shape doesn’t fit all) and the Darwinism comic. It also incorporated Lorna’s research of Idioms and sayings as we took an original idea of something looming on a character and incorporate the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones.”
Our idea shows a character, a twig man, being bullied by these stone like slabs looming around him cause him to fall down. As he stands a flurry of names attacks him but he brushes them off to show they don’t hurt him.
We liked the idea of having the stone bullies having a puppeteer look to them like in the animation Bear Story (2014) as shown in the environment i.e. the trees popping up as if on stilts.
Bear Story trailer.
This animation was heavily influenced by Out of Sight (2010) and The Optimist (2014) . The whole idea of blindness as a hidden message- the story starting out normal or funny (like that in Animades- The Impossible Hug.
The Optimist shows the hidden message really well- I didn’t even realise the girl was blind until Lorna pointed it out to me.
We really liked some of the visuals from Out of Sight (above), especially the sudden appearance of unknown objects as the girl touches them.
Our own idea revolved around a wizard boy. He starts on a stage and moves, tapping the air with a wand. A cereal bowl, bottle of milk and a spoon appear, the audience questioning what is going on. As he makes his final move to magic up his main item there is a crash and the camera pans up from the characters feet. Cereal is collecting as his shoes and as the camera pans up it is evident that he is blind- his magic wand was actually a stick.