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Rules for Final Animation
The length of the animation should be 30 seconds to 1 minute
If it can be done in live action, it is not appropriate for this animation assignment.
Story has to have the story structure discussed in class
The story must take place in one location
No cliche stories (it's only a dream - alarm clock goes off at end)
The story must have conflict and resolution, a beginning, middle and end
(but they can be experimental in how this is accomplished)
Highly encouraged: the story should make us think, feel or react in some way - touch us on a human level
No toilet humor
No killing the character
No realistic human characters - be creatively different.
Only one main character that is rigged
One secondary character that can be an object or personified thing, not an animal or human (no rigging or use simple rigging)
No space ships, robots, tunnels, etc (CG cliches)
Must have sound effect and sound track (appropriate to the story)
Must have a creative visual design to the piece (textures, color, lighting, composition)
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sept 17-21, Wed - Sun. $165 for the full pass, $90 for weekend
Syllabus and introductions
What does the main character want?
What moves him/her to action?
What conflict does the main character meet with?
What is the crisis point in the story?
What did the main character learn that enabled her/him to move on?
What was the conclusion of the story?
How do you come up with stories?
Brainstorming idea - techniques
Lists - anything that comes to mind
Make a list of emotion, cause and effect
Thesaurus or google search
Variations on a theme, interdisciplinary thinking, metaphorical thinking
Visualization - imagine yourself in the situation what might happen (come up with 10 possible scenerios)
Research - Library, videos, films, books, Internet
Thumbnailing and sketchbooks
Exercise - Story machine
Stay open minded - refine and change ideas to try new things
Discuss final story parameters
Discuss animation pitch bibles
Creative character design can enhance a story (Monsters, Inc., Shrek, Ice Age)
Look for creative characters online.
Discuss how to make the blog
Quiz over Ch. 1 reading
Brainstorming and Story Engine continued
In class Exercise: Story Machine
2 stacks of cards with vocational label (doctor, janitor, etc) and strange or unusual behavior - shuffle the cards
Why did the Card A do B?
Add a conflict
What does the character have to learn to overcome the conflict?
How is it resolved in the end?
Add details and tell us more about the story.
How does the personality or physical traits of the character effect a story?
Write an occupation on one card
Write a strong personality trait on another card
Write a physical attribute on a card
Write a goal on a card (she wants to ...)
We will shuffle the cards and pick one of each and each group of 2-3 will try to
come up with a story that has conflict and resolution and meets all the criteria of narrative storytelling.
Use elements that are true to life - people need to relate to the events or emotions in the story.
Although you are expressing your idea, you are making the animation for the audience.
Use ideas that will reach out to them and give them what they need to understand what you are trying to say.
Characteristics of a Short Story
Well developed structure
Clearly recognizable climax
One or two well developed characters
Effective use of dialogue (make a contribution to the story)
Skillful exploitation of conventions of the chosen genre
Use of setting to enhance the narrative
All stories are about desire - the character wants something
Point of View
What are the different types of Point of View?
How do you find the theme in a story?
Short narrative stories should be able to fit into this format:
Six Sentence Story Structure:
Seven Sentence Stories:
- The main character wants something
- Something moves main character to action
- Until main character meets conflict
- Then main character is in crisis
- Main character learns somethmething - discovers, finds, solves a problem, etc.)
- Main character succeeds or fails in getting what they want
What is a 7 sentence story?
Sentence 1:Introduce Character A and place.
Sentence 2: Introduce Character B and establish conflict.
Sentence 3: Problem grows more complex.
Sentence 4: Character A does something.
Sentence 5: Character B does something.
Sentence 6: Climax.
Sentence 7: Resolution
Premise or concept of the story is the basic essence of what it all means or the core values
Ideas for the premise or story can come from a number of different things:
A description of the situation:
Paintings come to life at night
Child's favorite toy brings bad luck to everyone else
Machine malfunctions to create brilliant invention
Tries to sit down, but chair keeps moving.
Moral of the story:
He who laughs last, laughs best
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
The early bird catches the worm.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
An interesting object or character:
Bookbag of infinite belongings
The book of no knowledge
An uninspired motivational speaker
Baby who will stop at nothing to get what it wants
A Great Big Robot From Outerspace Ate My Homework