Blog 3

I am still in the pre-production stage and I have received feedback for my idea’s and the story treatments, now I believe I have adjusted and am looking at the storyboard and anamatic stage of the assessment. After the first time I had shown the treatment it turned out it wasn’t making enough  sense, for example “why would the imp pick up a fish to slap the busker instead of a stick or the guitar”. So I spent more time on the treatment and worked it out so more details were communicated. The imp I made more stumpy than in its original design also. What really helped as well was Tim’s suggestion for a background plot summary, I had gone off and created a big description of the world the assessment is set in which I feel illustrates a lot about the imp’s character and how I want his attitude to be.

I am putting in some research into storyboards. I found a article by Andy Beane on the 3D production pipelines of Pixar and Dreamworks which defines a storyboard as such “The storyboards for the movie are then made storyboards are like the blueprint for the movie which show the dialogue and action which will be in the movie. Each storyboard artist at Pixar receives script pages or a beat outline of the story, basically a map of the characters and their emotional changes that need to be seen through actions. Using these guide lines the artists assign the sequences draw then out and then pitch their work to director.”3d_production_timelines.jpeg

With my 2D storyboards I drew up a setting which I could put a lot more details into that hopefully illustrated the harbor town feel I was going for before I scanned it into a digital copy. I had gotten to draw and scan the busker and the imp as well, what I proceeded to do was stretch, copy and alter the drawn images over Photoshop when they needed to be changed for a new shot. This felt like a clear storyboard and the expression that needed to be present could be easily made out by the simple design the imps eyes have. You can tell he gets mad and happy by his eye shapes which take up most of his face.
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The 3d one however might display somethings that could be confusing but are actually guides. For example I have left numbers all over the blocks that wont be visible in the footage, they are on the storyboard to guide me though. I can track where the blocks have moved and where they should be by the numbers, if I want to know which block to select on move if I get lost then I can just look back at the storyboard. The characters face in this will be covered by a iron mask however, so all expression will be done in the movement which will only be relevant in the end where he trips off the top.

I am planning to use the work files for the story board development to help make the anamatics later on by the way.

After looking into some videos about Will Simpson, the storyboard artist for HBO’s Game of Thrones and also some Matt Groenings Simpsons storyboard examples. What I get out of these videos that relate back to my work is that the amount of examples for expression and mood is lacking in my mood boards. Also the amount of activity I have detailed does not need to be as much, I should compact it more next time or if I find the time to go back over my storyboards. So next time less activity and more expressions, also Will Simpson gave me a good idea on benefits of putting a bit more artistic passion into the story boarding process so more of the attitude of the overall animation can come through.



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Imp- The Imp must display a charismatic silent type kind of jerkiness that also incorporates elitism since he is a top quality minion to a extremely successful warlock.

Busker- This one needs to appear pleasant, optimistic in how he projects joy despite appearing homeless. This contradicts the imp and thus making the imps assault upon him comedy, as the focus character.

The Warlock Balthazard/The Clerk- Both these characters are not entirely visible in the animations but they must still have a presence that can outline enough to make them relevant. The clerk must act as a clerk and the warlock must display a stereotypical villain persona that can relate back to the imp.


2d/The Store- What I have envisioned for this is a Italian coastal vibe with a little bit of Mexico added in. Better for the optimistic and joyful image but not a risk seeing the Imp as something out of place, the mafia or a bandit could walk through this seen for a joyful drink.

3d/The Puzzle Chamber- This chamber is meant to be both calming, mystical, dreamy, magical. Imagine the imp enters either Disney’s chamber of the genie lamp or enters through Merlin’s door in Kingdom Hearts 1 by Disney and Square Enix. The same flare carried by Aladdin and Sora is present just in a comically villainous character.  Yet again the comedy will be present whilst contradicting this by having the character trip to his death, which is common in Disney comedy, like whenever Stitch shows up in a galactic council room.

After going over the use of elements and principles surrounding paintings, whilst thinking back on media psychological techniques we learnt about in our design unit and some study into Nintendo character design I have built some profile into how this is gonna go down. Starting with the central character, the imp. I went and found a good colour scheme might work with the narcissism of purple, the aggression of red and some deviousness of green. What I landed on in the end was white. He is the top imp for a top master so he displays something unique in this colour, it is a connotation for zealotry to add to his biblical demonic mythos that can be clustered over with the other colours in small ways such as the eyes.

Next up is the busker, for this gentleman it becomes easier because he and the environment should be unanimous. With the actions of busker and whatever happens to him may now result in an extended meaning towards the environment. It is a optimistic environment, an almost cheerful one and so by extension the imps rudeness is actually against optimism itself. Or positivist and festivity.

As for the two environments. One will contain a lot of browns, pale yellows, greys and so it may appear more like a Mexican or Italian coastal area. The other, which will be the chamber, contains a lot of blue. Like Merlin’s and  Genies Chamber, this image will have the loneliness of of blue in darker hues everywhere but the sword and the imps positions which will need to be in lighter hues of blue to control our focus.


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