Saturday, April 25, 2009

Short Synopsis

A plasticine man named Eric becomes suicidal after deciding he can no longer live with being a generic, colourless (off-white) character. The only problem is that being made out of clay makes him pretty much immortal. No matter how hard he tries, Eric just can't off himself. After a number of failed attempts (Jump, Gun, Guillotine, Noose) Eric is finally able to find something worth living for.

Script Idea - 3

A cartoon character with suicidal tendencies.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Generic Eric

Sound Check

I’ve managed to find myself a sound designer, which is quite madcore because sound isn’t really my forte. Said sound designer goes by the name of Sprott... Adrian Sprott who is a fellow student studying at QCA and likes making noises. Our first meeting was mostly just an excuse for pizza and mountain dew, but we did discuss possible treatments. Kinda need a story before we can talk about sound design in more detail.

Script Idea 2 - 'Cooties'

What if Cooties was a real disease?

Script Idea 1 - 'Manwich'

A man is making the most perfect sandwich ever.
Every step is carried out with the upmost precision, even going as far as measuring the exact width of bread slices with a ruler and symmetrically aligning the cheese. Finally after hours/days of work the sandwich is finished. Man stands and admires his work, picks up sandwich and is about to bite into his masterpiece... when his arms fall.

The End.

Inspirational Inspiration

While out looking for inspiration one day on the internets’, I came across three stop motion films which reflect the kind of animation I want to make for my 3rd year. Two of those films were by Aardman (naturally) and the third by the Lauenstein brothers who hail from Germany. All these animations have amazing animation quality and revolve around a simple theme such as love, equilibrium and religion.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not - Jeff Newitt

Adam - Peter Lord

Balance - Wolfgang & Christoph Lauenstein

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I like nonsense rhymes. There’s just something about the complete lack of logic in them that I find delectable. For experimental animation last year I made a film called ‘Ning Nang Nong’ based on Spike Milligan’s poem and had almost as much fun making it, as I did watching people’s reactions to it. Creepy is a pleasant change from cute. In thinking about possible ideas for my film I collected a number nonsense rhymes and other verses which amuse me:

I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Each drew his sword and shot the other,

Now one was blind and the other couldn't see,
So they chose a duck to be referee.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys,

A paralysed donkey passing by,
Kicked the policeman in the eye,
They fell right through a glass brick wall,
Into a dry ditch which drowned them all.

If you don't believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too.

There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Hi Ho Silver!

I've decided to go it alone this year. Being (one of) the only stop motion animator at QCA I believe it will be easier in the long run if I just do my own thing. This way, I retain complete creative control over almost every element in my film and it also means I won't drag anyone else down if it all goes to hell. Plasticine doesn’t keep well in fiery infernos, so fingers crossed that won’t happen.