Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Maid with a Mallet

Yet another possibility for a short film. This one's less one's certainly a lot fuzzier then the elephant one, and probably even more trickier to translate in CG.... not to mention potentially unsettling if not handled tactfully. Regrettably, all these reasons seem to make it more intriguing to me.

Plus, I wanted to try doing something based on my experiences in Japan:

This was probably the most notworthy custom at one of those frightening cutesy maid cafes; very pretty girls mind you and the outfits certainly did them credit, but the whole scenario was far too "pink and frilly" for me to certainly consider the situation "sexy". Of course I've never found leather and leashes did anything for me, so I suppose Neither extremes work on me.

ANYWAY, all I can think of to expand on this scene of broad slapstick is possibly some sort of imaginative 2D animation of the "pain stars" taking a life of their own and interacting with the CG characters somhow.....

Now, in the real maid cafe I went to, the waitresses performed this assault with a harmless squeaky-toy mallet (not THAT much smaller then this), but given the appearance of the standard clientele, I'm sure they would've wished they had a more authentic one from time to time...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How To Move An Elephant

And idea for a short cartoon. I'm planning to apply for a highly untested fourth year at Cap, where you come in with a (very) short film storyboard, and basically use all the classes and resources of the program to make it in. Trick is finding a short cartoon idea short enough and simple enough that one can do impressive animation within the deadline for a demo reel, yet still stands as a finished "story" so it stands out and also has festival potential.

Inspired from an old picture book from my childhood, I thought of the idea of a roman soldier just trying to get an elephant up a hill. I picture just a very simple looney-toon's esque gag sequence. Which would be good, but after seeing some of the amazing and highly inventive shorts coming from Calart students, I feel it might be a bit too familiar.

AHHHHH, to attend Calarts. Perhaps someday I MIGHT be confident enough to take out a major loan and possible find a way to transfer in ONE YEAR of it.... sigh...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Finally got SOMTHING up about my trip to Japan. Here's the title..... I'm sure I come up with somthing to put behind it before I go to Japan a second time.

I've also been working on an animatic for a Bubble Hub test, which I shall post once I get a female voice actor for the scratch test...