So this morning I sat down in the studio and tried harder. It started off slowly… but I got one good head done. The male bully Greg‘s head looks a quite different than the guy I drew in the storyboard. There were originally two male bullies now it’s just Greg. Who’s look was in part inspired by Alan M. from Josie and the pussycats (was originally going to appear at Trip’s work but now that scene has been cut). Greg is one of those guys who pretends to be sensitive (with his acoustic guitar) but is actually a total dick. He’s one of those people who prefers constantly belittling others to smashing them to bits (like Scott, the archetypal jock-douche) but if you get on his nerves he’ll have a go, only if he’s sure you’re weaker than him. What a jerk, I hate this guy already. Without hair he looks more like the guy from the original Hills Have Eyes! But when he gets his mop it will make more sense. Anyway, long story short he gets what he deserves…
So I worked on the heads yesterday, I felt like I was getting nowhere and the models weren’t how I had hoped, well they weren’t, but they were necessary bit of practice in order to get a bit better. My hands are so out of practice at sculpting anything other than skeletons! also tried out all sorts of hair-styles and options to get a feel for the character. Some for practical purposes others were just for fun!
We have access to the amazing ‘3D Large’ space at college. Today I was building the structure that will be under my main set. This will allow me to put magnets/bolts underneath to hold puppets in place. These photos are what happened on day 1. I’m quite pleased, I really thought it was going to be harder. I had done the drawings and measurements which just made all the sawing up much simpler. It’s pretty big and heavy, so it will be sturdy enough. Daisy, the 3D large technician was really cool, she filled me in on all the tools (like the chop saw) and then let me get on with it, helping me out when I… screwed up. A rewarding day, now I can’t wait to put the lid on it this Thursday!
So here are the bits and bobs/work in progress that’s been going on recently.
I’ve got some great stuff for the backgrounds from the 4D model shop. And today I’ve been trying various materials, and also experimenting with different hairstyles for the puppets. Diane (blonde and curly) is really starting to look like Laura Dern in Wild At Heart!
I was making puppet versions of Trip and I looked at various Toy designs to help me with the practical functions. I also looked at some paper-toy designs that inspired me to make my own, as a bit of an additional Trip giveaway. This was just a quick idea for one! There’s a really interesting book on paper toy design in the library called “We Are Paper Toys”
This is the basic story outline. I drew it in a comic strip style to help me work out what I wanted to represent. Some of the panels need reworking to turn it into an animatic. But doing it like a comic was a much better way for me to start rather than thinking shot by shot straight away before I’d developed the story. Writing a script first can also be difficult for me to get the idea across with description. I showed it to Steve and An Vrombaut. They were really helpful and positive about the idea.
An suggested using the comic book as a promotional tool for the film, which I really like. She was really inspiring. I liked her insight on everybody’s ideas. Steve siad he thought it had a similar appeal to Scott Pilgrim/ Wimpy Kid etc. rad.
I’m now considering this project as part of a mini-series. There were plenty of scenarios I imagined Trip getting into that I wont be able to fit into one 3 minute film. So hopefully after graduating I will be able to take this idea further. One of the main reasons for this is that I really feel like I would enjoy working with the characters and context longer term. Let’s see what happens with the pilot!