CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation


Iteration 1: Pebble Pressure (7/7/09)

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- Beatsheet
- Thumbnails: 1, 2, 3

1) Once upon a time there was a fish named Spot who was great friends with all of the other fish in its school and did everything with them.
2) And every day Spot and its friends would play with pebbles, one spitting a pebble while another hit it with its tail.
3) Until one day one of them accidentally spit a pebble at a piece of coral and made it hide.
4) And because of this all the fish, except Spot, laughed and started spitting pebbles at coral.
5) And because of this the other fish wouldn’t stop pestering the reluctant Spot until it joined in the new game.
6) Until finally Spot, trying to miss the coral, aimed instead at a cave and accidentally hit an electric eel who stung them all.
7) And ever since that day Spot never did anything that it thought was a bad idea just because its friends did it.

Armature:  Don’t always follow the crowd

Characters:  Spot (fun-loving, empathetic, cautious), School of Fish (fun-loving, antagonistic, reckless)

Setting:  A coral reef with a strong current running through it

Time of day:  Early afternoon

1. Is the story as clear and succinct as you can make it? If it isn't, how can it be improved?
- The story is as clear and succinct as we can make it.

2. Do you have a visual style in mind for your story and if so, can you describe it or provide visual reference?
- The visual style we have in mind is flat and highly saturated.

3. Why should this story be told? Why would anyone care?
- This story should be told because everyone struggles with peer pressure. Seeing how difficult it can be for the main character to do what feels right creates a bond between that character and the audience who have likely suffered through similar emotional issues.  It can also allow those who put pressure on others to understand that their actions often have negative consequences.

4. Is there an emotional hook in your story? Is it engaging?
- The shared experience described above provides an emotional hook in our story and we feel that it is engaging.

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 have captured both the visual transition in our story and illustrated the story beats by using thumbnails and a beatsheet.