Come with me and dive into the season of crimson leaves, sweater weather, and dark amusement. Imagine a project that will pull in a vast audience ready and willing to be thrilled. Manifest a character, a victim, a setting, and capture it’s image like no other. Become one of my team and unleash a new nightmare, bewilder the crowd, and test your capabilities.
Everyone will have a part, and each person’s skills will play a significant role. Join me if you wish to challenge yourself, be innovative, and establish work worth placing in your portfolio.
Before I tell you how this project will be done, it may help to read this excerpt:
Alone a person struggles with their conscious, huddled, and nearly surrendered to their aching thoughts- the camera pans over their unfinished and destroyed work. In another moment they lie in a bath and hear a streaking noise as if someone’s rubbing their fingers across glass. The person lifts themselves and dries, frighteningly seeing the name “Poe” written in the mirror’s condensation. The empty hallways are dizzying, and the dim light gives a haunting presence. Time passes and the person falls into aberrant nightmares, where Poe offers to assist the compliant artist with their work. The creature gradually dominates materials, and possesses objects. Not before long, reality is maddeningly tied in tangles to their hellish dreams; and the person’s work is no longer theirs but the demon’s.
Our talented crew will shape an antagonist, and give it life with stop-motion techniques. Inspired by the making of the horror film “Babadook” and short stop-motion animation “Vincent”, we can produce a story similar to that of “The Legend of Faust”. We will also choose an actor, a setting, and compose his/her story through film. The actor is an artist, who’s fallen into the belief that this “Poe” character will assist them. At first Poe only communicates through the main character’s dreams, where the stop-motion and strange backgrounds emerge. Eventually the demon dominates the person’s life, and is shown visually by mixing this dream state with the live action portions of the film.
Ps. This will be voted on by the crew but seeing an adult male take the leading role of the character would be interesting, whereas normally horrific events normally fall onto children or females.
Please check out these references of inspiration below!
[These are shots taken from the movie Babadook, beautifully textured to capture the character’s expression, their interactions with the paranormal, and the overall desaturated setting. This gives an idea of how the live action will be shot and edited]
Here’s a link, careful it is spooky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVxOrUjX-bc
[These are screenshots from Vincent, by Tim Burton. The twisted up, distorted backgrounds and dark vs. light values is inspiration for the “Dream State” where the team will use stop-motion techniques.]
Here’s the less spooky link for “Vincent”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxQcBKUPm8o
The “Dream State”
This is where the person is haunted and eventually this mixes with the live action scenes.
Getting creative with backgrounds is encouraged, like taking drawings and overlaying them with a bath-bomb closeup. It gets trippy stretched, and horrific. I thought the creature could be made out of black wire, but I do not know how well that will work with green-screen.
Also for helping manifest Poe, the demon character, our professor suggested my story had relation to that of “The Legend of Faust”.
Here’s a very intriguing and informative link: http://www.faust.com
[This may be subject to change, but what if we illustrated backgrounds and had a twisted, moving overlay of a dissolved bath bomb? What if we had the monster made out of black wire used with green-screen?]
Finally, Don’t Forget
Pipeline Proposal Schedule
Organizational Chart: (Depending on group size a person may take single or multiple roles)
Director: This person must be skilled in directing the film, animation, character design, setting, and actor(s). This person will most likely spend much of their time with the live-action portion of the project. The Director is in charge of finding an actor.
Head of Art Direction: This person must be innovative with what materials the executive producer/production manager proposes with materials and programs. This person will overlook all elements of the visual and movement. They will assist editor as much as possible.
Executive Producer/Production Manager: This person will manage material expenses, schedule production, time limits and location.
Writer/ Head of Editorial: This person will be documenting the progress being made by photographing and editing each crew member’s contribution and process. If anyone asks this person to take notes on meaning or inspiration, make sure to.
Animation Director: This person must manage the overall work of the animator(s) and Illustrator(s) with approval of the Director’s and Art Director’s word. The head Director is expected to be busy with the live-action portion of this project. This person will be expected to help with animating.
Illustrator: This person will create concept designs of the character and background. Then will create a finished product of the backgrounds with the assistance of the Art Director. They will also assist the animators while creating a 3D model. They will help story board with the animators.
Animator 1: This person is skilled in moving 3D characters using stop-motion techniques. At first they will story board with the other animator and illustrators.
Animator 2: This person will work side by side with the other animator, skilled in stop-motion movement animation. At first they will story board with the other animator and illustrators.
Camera 1: This person will be responsible for filming the Live-Action scenes, standing along side with the director and giving pointers on composition.
Camera 2: This person will be responsible for filming the “Dream State”, which will be working along side all the animators, and animation director.
Visual & Sound Effects/ Video Editor: This person must have skills in Premier Pro and After Effects. They will edit video and review results with the entire crew, especially the directors. This person is also in charge of sound. (finding music, sound effects, and reviewing tutorials based on the project will be necessary while the crew works.)
Here’s a Hypothetical List
[ I chose certain people and placed them in particular roles as a employer would based on the above requirements]
Director: Stevonna (encouraging, also great coaching and critiquing skills)
Head of Art Direction: Ashley (very kind intelligent advisor and easy to work with and understand)
Executive Producer/ Production Manager: Eleni (Great at finding unique places for creating an image, also well organized)
Writer/ Head of Editorial: Anna Booth (great at captions and line-ups along with explanation while documenting work)
Animation Director: Olivia Dillon (Animator who has idea roots to create overall image and review)
Illustrator: Sebastian (great concept art background skills along with creating organic, haunting characters)
Animator 1: La Vier (Animation skills are very unique and innovative)
Animator 2: Joseph (has great skills in 3D animation thus would be wonderful help)
Camera 1: Heather (Good experience in filming and is willingly inventive)
Camera 2: Shyanna (Great at creating composition with eerie feeling)
Editor/ Visual & Sound Effects: Caitlin (shows vast, skilled, and creative capabilities in after effects and premier pro with effects and sound, along with great abilities to work under pressure)
Good day to you all, talented students and remember; Everyone will have a part, and each person’s skills will play a significant role. Join me if you wish to challenge yourself, be innovative, and establish work worth placing in your portfolio!
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