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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 2:46 pm
by Geoff CB
I could work on getting an script written if you have a basic idea for a story Levan. We could use Celtx (http://www.celtx.com/) because it's free and cross platform and all of us could work in conjunction on the script.

I can do some enviroment modeling in 3D studio max, and I've done storyboarding before and am currently finishing up a short film so yeah I'd be interested in getting involved.

Looks what we need to get the ball rolling is animators. And to get them on board we'll probably need a script and storyboard to get them interested.

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:12 pm
by thewisecookiesheet
Geoff CB: I checked out that site, pretty neat. I think it would be helpful in the project. And, I agree with you. I also believe that once we get the story and idea rolling, more experienced animators would join.

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I made a list so far of the people that posted, just to keep things organized, instead of having to weave through the posts. Please tell me if I got anything wrong.

Levan: Mastermind ;D

Bryko614: Story, Storyboard, Animation

Mygames19: Storyboard

Al-Bob: Writer

Jsmead: Character Design, Editor

thewisecookiesheet: Composer

TSS: Actor, Singer

Geoff CB: Script, Modeling(?)

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Has anyone heard of Mass Animation? I watched the process and if you'd like to check that out/study how it was done, it would help us.

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:41 pm
by Jsmead
Has anyone heard of Mass Animation? I watched the process and if you'd like to check that out/study how it was done, it would help us.

I havent heard of it. but i would love to check it out and see if its something i could help with!

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:59 pm
by thewisecookiesheet
Jsmead: They're doing a second round of it, because so many people have asked for it.

But, I just realized the downside of the MA process (I didn't notice/realize/process this before), it only focuses on the animators. But still, the process was neat.

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:04 pm
by Bryko614
I looked up Mass Animation. It's definitely similar to this idea, but I'm not a big fan of the idea of the short film itself.

Back to this...does anyone have any breaking story ideas? So far the only thing that's been thought of is a turtle that wishes to fly. I think we should at least have some story progress soon, even though it hasn't been that long since the thread was made.

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:09 pm
by thewisecookiesheet
I just think that we were all quick to post what we were available to do.

I've always been a fan of the story of 'The Tin Soldier', but other than that, I'm not good with story ideas. D:

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 12:52 am
by Mygames19
Hmmm... I've had an idea. Not great, but it'l add something to the bunch.

What if it was about a Cell Phone that isin't as cool as the other cell phones, but gets bought first?
I donno, for some reason a story based on a Cell Phone sounds like an interesting idea.

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 5:55 pm
by Jsmead
how about (going on the original turtle idea) its something along the lines of this turtle has some dumb dead end job monitoring the traffic at the local watering hole, but hes contantly getting in trouble for his head being up in the clouds day dreaming. his idol is Amelia AirTutle, the first turtle to ever fly in a plane around the world. In all his spare time he tinkers on a plane that hes building and he very conviently stores all his plans and drawings and calculations in his protective shell. Hes the outcast of the turtle community, shady shell estates, yada yada yada...

Its just an idea to get the ideas flowing so to speak! I dont know what the Director had in mind....ha...
but yeah!

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:50 pm
by 1986
I like Jsmead's idea, but I think the Amelia AirTurtle thing isn't so original. Maybe he could want to BE the first turtle to fly around the world, so it would be more important to him.

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:30 am
by thewisecookiesheet
Instead of a dead end job, what if he just lived at a pond where ducks, geese, and birds of all sorts visited during the summer? When they come to the pond, the birds tell of exotic places that they visit in the wintertime. The turtle has always been interested in the stories and legends from the birds and wants to see/discover them for himself.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 3:35 am
by Geoff CB
thewisecookiesheet wrote:Instead of a dead end job, what if he just lived at a pond where ducks, geese, and birds of all sorts visited during the summer? When they come to the pond, the birds tell of exotic places that they visit in the wintertime. The turtle has always been interested in the stories and legends from the birds and wants to see/discover them for himself.

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I really really like this idea. Would we have multiple comical attempts at flight or would we have him build up to it? That would also be a way to distribute it amongst multiple artists.

Maybe have his first name be Orville? I think it's a great name for a turtle and a good reference. I'll try and brainstorm a full plot out of this :)

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:14 am
by Hannahmation
Neat idea! It'd be really cool if we could pull it off!

I am currently an animation student. I've worked with programs like 3ds max and Maya. Also have done some modeling and rigging (including facial rigging). I recently made my first short animated film, so I some experience in pulling a short together. :)


Here's my two cents on the story: I like the idea being tossed around. I think the simpler the story (characters, sets, etc...) is, the better chance we have at actually completing the short. I know it is tempting (and appealing) to have something big and elaborate, but simple it always better, especially with something like this. Remember, we have to make everything.

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:28 am
by thewisecookiesheet
Geoff: I was thinking a few comical events, and then he gets a 'lightbulb idea' and then it could be showing him working on this project that you have no idea what it's going to look like. So a mix of the both I guess?

Meh, I'm a person not to fond of using historical names. Parodies of, I guess, but eh. If everyone else is fine with it, I'll go along.

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 8:40 pm
by Jsmead
I dunno if Im a big fan of that name either, but its not my movie so i guess it doesnt matter...
Also heres a big question.. Is he a water turtle or a land tortoise? I think he should be a land tortoise so he can actually leave the water for long periods of time. Land tortoises generally cant swim so they spend all their life on land.
I only know this because I have a Land Tortoise Named Slowsky and he couldn't swim to save his life...
But I thought it was an important issue to address because turtles and tortoises look very very different...and ahve very different personality characteristics.
water turtles-fast graceful ruthless about food..etc
land tortoise- slow and slightly clumsy. very curious. eats everything.

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:56 pm
by thewisecookiesheet
Hannah:
Very, very cute short!
And I agree with you on the short and simple. And it's hard to not get too elaborate.

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I found out that I'll be taking the beginners course next year in school, so I'll be learning Maya. If this project animation portion lingers over two years, I can help with the animating :D