CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation


Iteration 3: Pebble Pressure (7/14/09)

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- Beatsheet
- Shot List
- Character Design: Spot, School of Fish, Family Tree
- Layout: 1, 2
- Thumbnails: 1, 2
- Colored Storyboards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
- Storyreel

1) Once upon a time there was a school of fish, and in that school was a fish named Spot, who was a little different than the rest.
2) And every day Spot would have lots of fun with the other fish in his school.
3) Until one day Spot, who was about to join in a game of spitting pebbles at barnacles on a rock, saw some bubbles coming out of the top of the rock.
4) And because of this Spot was uneasy and warned a nearby fish, who proceeded to convince him that everything was okay.
5) And because of this Spot picked up a pebble to join in the game and rose to spit it at a barnacle but was instead confronted by an eye that opened on the rock.
6) Until finally the terrified Spot, who attempted to warn the other fish of the danger but whose warning was again dismissed, swam to safety while the other fish were assailed by the rock that was actually a whale.
7) And ever since that day, when Spot sees his friends doing something that isn't a good idea, he distances himself from them instead of following along.

Armature:  Don’t always follow the crowd.

Characters: Spot (fun-loving, cautious, compliant), School of Fish (fun-loving, reckless, resistant) 

Setting:  A coral reef

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.