CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation


Iteration 4: Pebble Pressure (7/16/09)

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- Beatsheet
- Shot List
- Thumbnails: 1, 2, 3
- Storyboards

1) Once upon a time there was a fish named Spot.
2) And every day Spot would see a school of fish pass by the seaweed he hung out in.
3) Until one day Spot was invited to join the school of fish.
4) And because of this Spot joined the fish in spitting pebbles at barnacles on a rock from which he saw bubbles rising.
5) And because of this Spot warned the fish, who proceeded to convince him that everything was okay.
6) Until finally Spot was chased by the rock that was actually a whale.
7) And ever since that day Spot no longer follows the crowd.

Armature: Don’t 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.