CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation


Iteration 1: Pie a la Bang (7/7/09)

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1) Once upon a time there was a chef who loved fireworks and wanted to impress a girl. 
2) The chef worked long and hard to prepare the perfect romantic dinner. 
3) Just as he had finished getting ready the doorbell rang and his date arrived. 
4) After seating her at the table, he brought the first course, and when she was not impressed, he ran to the kitchen and grabbed some sparklers to decorate the appetizer, and his date approved. 
5) Because of her positive reaction, he decorated each course with a more extreme display of fireworks, and the girl became more and more impressed.  
6) Finally, he brought out a cake which was covered with the most biggest display of fireworks and the girl was thrilled, but the cake blew up in their faces. 
7) After the explosion, she was left without eyebrows and hair and she stormed angrily out. 

1. Is the story as clear and succinct as you can make it? If it isn't, how can it be improved?
- Yes, we think that the story is succinct and easily understood.  We made many changes to the original story, primarily to reduce the number of characters and adapt it so that the setting was in China and took place in one room. 

2. Do you have a visual style in mind for your story and if so, can you describe it or provide visual reference?
- We are going to use a cartoon style to take advantage of illustrating extreme emotions and body movement to represent our characters. 

3. Why should this story be told? Why would anyone care?
- The story should be told because it is about moderation, something which many people struggle with and strive for. People will care because its a humorous piece with a likable protagonist who they can easily relate to.   

4. Is there an emotional hook in your story? Is it engaging?
- People can understand wanting to impress people and gain approval, whether it be from a romantic interest, a boss, a friend, etc...  It is engaging because of the quick pacing and interesting characters. 

5. Have you captured the visual transition in your story? Have you captured and illustrated the story beats? If not, what can you do to improve your visual storytelling?
- We think that we have captured the overall flow and transitions of the story, but that the story could  benefit from some more detailed planning and analysis of camera movement.