Monday, February 27, 2012

Homework Trouble

 Here are some rough scribbles of about the first third of my story idea.
 It's about kid who has a lot of trouble turning in his homework. 
Luckily he has a rabbit to help him.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cake WIP

My board is about a boy who has an intense craving for cake while dining at a bakery cafe with his parents. I'm still in the thumbnailing stages, and haven't thought about character designs as of yet. But I pretty much have an idea of how the story is supposed to go: 

Boy sees cake. Boy wants cake. He asks his mom for cake, but is saddened when she says no. Suddenly, two guys dining at the cafe take out guns and attempt to rob the cafe. As one of the thugs is demanding cash from the cashier, his partner happens to see the cake that the boy wants and decides to be a jerk and knock the cake to the floor. The boy is so horrified that his beloved cake has been destroyed that he loses all fear and shoots the thief with a slingshot he has in his pocket. Startled, the thief accidentally shoots his gun at his partner, whose arm gets grazed by the bullet. Two scuffles ensue, one between the boy and the thief who knocked down the cake, the other between the cashier and the thief who was shot. The thieves are eventually overtaken and arrested, and the boy is rewarded with cake for his bravery.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

a trunk's tale...

"An exhausted scientist stumbles back to camp after field work in South Africa, to find an unexpected visitor has been exploring his coveted research."

The boards are a first pass. I still have to board the ending. The scientist's motivation is to restore his site and his work. The elephant's motivation is to make a connection with a human.

The scene is set at night. The tent is draped over a tree branch. The interaction with the elephant will be in a shroud of darkness, with the use of matches to help reveal who's who.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Erwin - Cast and initial key scenes

So here's my current idea for a 'stealth' scene involving some musical-influenced characters I designed a while back. It's about these characters trying to drop off a demo package to a manager before a deadline. It's been awhile since I drew these characters, so my boards are off model at the moment. I need lots of help on these, so I can discuss more about this in class. Thanks for looking.

Attic Doll Sketches

Hey guys! So my story is about two dolls escaping from their toy shop in a cobbled together ship. Still trying to decide if the scene should take place in an attic or on the shop floor...Eventually, I'd like to have a sequence of the ship flying through the town. Any advice on how to tackle that?



Friday, February 17, 2012

There is class monday!

Hey Folks, there is class Monday!!! For homework, keep working on your stories and we'll go over them in class!

Ninja Squirrel WIP

I thought I'd get the ball rolling with WIP posts. I don't have a clear idea of how I want the story to be played out yet, but thanks to you guys, I got inspired to just start sketching out some potential gags. Obviously unfinished, and as one of my goals for this class I am hoping to improve my drawing skills so that I can get these ideas down with clearer and more confident lines in a first pass, rather than the sketchiness you see in these which I will eventually clean up.

Anyways... here they are..



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An editor's take on the 180 rule and 'scene geography'

Hey classmates, I brought these videos up in class with with Rad during a break. Thought I'd share them with the everyone if that's alright with Rad.

Film editor Jim Emerson dissects a scene where the action is confusing and kinetic in The Dark Knight:

In the Cut, Part I: Shots in the Dark (Knight) from Jim Emerson on Vimeo.

And a scene that's more tame, but much clearer in Salt:

In the Cut, Part II: A Dash of Salt from Jim Emerson on Vimeo.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Homework week 1

Hey guys, I'd like to see everyone board 1 scene by the end of the term. roughly 100 panels with a clear beginning middle and end. This week take some time to get started on it and we can take a look at it next week!

Remember to Label your name on the post~!!

Hi everyone,

When you post your homework, please remember to Label your name.

You can find the Label on the bottom right of your new post page.

Labeling your post will allow easy sorting if you want to check out each others work later on during the semester.


Welcome to Story Development for Animation SP12~!!

Hi class,

Welcome to our Spring 2012 Story Development for Animation class blog. This space is created for you to share work in progress, help each other in work critiques, and share class demos and notes.

Hope you will enjoy your visit and find this an useful tool to learn and communicate with each other.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in class.



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