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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

ACNZ group project "STARFISH" - Term 4 week one.

WEEK ONE: Starting a group project can be an exciting time mixed with a bit of nervousness that can bubble to the surface.

We all have varied skills and all want to produce the best work we can for first year CGI students. Which is a good start. A positive start. We had to come up with a short story. Remembering it needs to be simple fun and achievable in the strict time frame. Our group has come up with a great idea. It is all of the above. I was proud that we came up with a story we can achieve.

 Just need the time to develop it in to a short film. The story is then being approved by a 6 tutors form 1st to 3rd year tutors from traditional animation to CGI. So getting a large perspective.

Our story is. A young boys day at the beach. He is a spoilt, rich kid, brat who does not wish to be at the beach he hates the beach. His mother is not interested in amusing the boy or his sister. The boy then sighs and decides to get up to mischief. He see's the mothers keys on the table. The boy then grabs the keys and with an evil look he drops them in the sand and buries them.

The boy ,not sure what's next. Then looks over towards his sister who is having a great time building her sand castle in front of the uninterested mother. The boy walks over with a reasonable face like he is going to play. The sister is smiling. The boy then has a maniacal look on his face. The sisters face is now frightened and scared. The boy then destroys the sisters sand castle. The sister is left in tears, there is no reaction from the mother.

Before the sand has even settled the boy is looking for his next victim and day he can ruin. He looks next too his sister and closer to the ocean he can see a little Baby Starfish sun bathing before the tide comes in. The boy goes straight to the rock pool and grabs on to the Baby Starfish. The little Baby Starfish tries to hold on with all his strength and tiny suction caps. He is then ripped off the sun bathing rock. The kid then gives a more maniacal look before starting to twist and torture the Baby Starfish.

He quickly gets bored and goes to throw the starfish out to sea, a shadow slowly comes over the boy. The boy pauses in fear and slowly turns. An over the shoulder shot looking down at the boy. There is then a reverse angle shot of the large Dad Starfish towering over the little boy. The Dad Starfish is starts to pant. The boy sinks in to his shoes as the Dad Starfish is then preparing to slam the boy. Credits roll

Our story is approved and we move on to storyboarding faze. Which a lot of timing can be worked on. Below is my rough storyboard before starting the animatic and playing around with different shots.

Concepts and reference for style begin.

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