The Line project III

TASK:

Using sequential digital drawing, create a 30 second animation that tells a story using the three act structure of a character overcoming an obstacle in pursuit of an objective.

 

Research, inspirations and influence

 

My idea was born really quickly. We had 10 minutes to plan, so after a few sketches of characters & backgrounds and preparing the story, I decided to use my initial idea and run with it.

The main character’s name is Muggymuggy

Athough he is the total opposite of being ‘muggy’, what he tries to do often goes wrong. Also, I wanted the name to have something to do with one of the POKEMON, Muk.

My other inspirations for the character designs were:

The ghosts from Pacman

The Groke from The Moomins

buka

Blooregard Q. Kazoo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends

No Face God from Spirited Away

noface

As you can see they all have similar shapes, big mouths and a few of them definitely like to eat…

 

When I was designing the piranhas I was thinking about the game Rayman Origins which I played some time ago

I had this weird feeling that piranhas should be coloured toxic green and pink. I’m unsure where the idea came from, but there must be a reason for it somewhere…

The background

I was inspired (and I think I always will be inspired) by Adrien Merigeau who was the main backgroud guy in “Song of the sea” (one of my favourites 4ever <3<3<3) and “The Secret of Kells” films, directed by Toom Moore who also has a big influence on my work.

songsong2

kellskells2

I really love the result they came up with designing stones, trees and all the nature. It’s so simple but wonderful. I wish I had come up with it.

The fact that I was using the same program as them has helped a lot. TVPaint is fantastic software if you know what are you doing.

The Story

My idea is easy. Muggy walks around the forest, then he sees a pink flower which smells tasty so he eats it. As he walks across the field, he eats another two flowers and then comes across an obstacle in the form of a regular sized water pond filled with hungry piranhas. He takes a fishing rod out of his mouth (there is the story behind this aswell. Muggy can eat things, but he can also store them if he wants to. Nobody really knows how or where but he can. It’s a little bit like Terry Pratchett’s Luggage from the Disc World Series. (There’s another inspiration that I wasn’t even aware of.))

He tries to use the rod to fish but the Piranhas arent stupid so his idea doesn’t work. Day and night passes and he’s still fishing. He puts the fishing rod back into his mouth and takes out a big straw and sticks it into the water and starts drinking it. He drinks the whole water pond… including the fish. He becomes circular because of the water, falls into the empty pond and gets stuck in it.

 

The Sounds

Im planning to have a nature track in the background, something with birds & trees and maybe lake waves. Also, some sounds for eating, water splashing and all the other sounds that I can’t think of right now but I know I will need them hahaha

 

I already have a background. It didn’t take long really, just a couple of hours but it’s alright I suppose.

background00163.png

 

References:

PC MAN, very old pac man, packman clone for DOS Computers (CGA supported! :-)) – YouTube. 2015. PC MAN, very old pac man, packman clone for DOS Computers (CGA supported! :-)) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZb_czxZgFo. [Accessed 21 December 2015

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Buka- potwór z dzieciństwa – YouTube. 2015. Buka- potwór z dzieciństwa – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjDEJ8yWzg. [Accessed 21 December 2015].

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