CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation


Iteration 2: Ni Hao Pow! (7/9/09)

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1) Once upon a time there was a guy, Yao, who had a date with a girl named Mei on New Years Eve. 
2) Yao worked all day to prepare the perfect romantic dinner. 
3) Right as he finished making everything perfect, she arrived. 
4) He brought the first course but instead of paying attention to him, she was distracted by the fireworks, and he got some fireworks and put them in the food to get her attention, which worked. 
5) Because of her positive reaction, he decorated each course with a more extreme display of fireworks, and the she kissed him. 
6) Finally, he brought out a cake, which was covered with the 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.  She smashed cake into his face and stormed out. 

ARMATURE:  Stop while you’re ahead.

Yao: short-sighted, eager-to-please, resourceful

Mei:  cheerful, easily-amused, excitable 

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 stopping while you’re ahead and being satisfied when something is going well, rather than overdoing it.

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, humor, 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 and have improved our camera positions since last time to reflect changes in mood and action.