This blog is going to be used to document my work on my graduation film.
I had several ideas initially, which would of suited several different styles, but I have decided that I want to do a traditional, linear narrative with traditional character animation.
My current story idea involves a small, idyllic town in England, populated by British animals. A stranger moves into the town and causes some kind of unrest with the locals.
In our first seminar we had to create a poster for our film to help us get our ideas on paper. Here is the coloured version of mine
The original inspiration for these characters and this setting came from a doodle I did over summer
as well as some research on Beatrix Potter, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Wind in the Willows.
My original story idea for the film was that a stranger (the bear), comes to live in this small, remote town in England. The locals are not used to strangers and are inherently suspicious of him. Their unfounded suspicions grow and end up effecting their daily lives in adverse ways. The inspiration for this was the film ‘Paranoland’ by Patrick Boivin
I liked the idea of having a film that looked like it was going to be for children and giving it a darker twist, however the idea of small town suspicion was done so well in Paranoland that I was going to find it hard to do something similar without just rehashing it.
Another idea I am working on, with help from Daisy Gould, is the idea of an exchange student who is the object of the town’s suspicion. The student is a bear from Canada who has got a local paper run. The townspeople are wary of him because of bear’s reputations, but he just wants to make some friends. He starts by smiling at people he comes across, but the locals find his toothy grin terrifying and avoid him more. He then tries other ways of befriending them such as putting presents inside their papers, except the presents are things that a bear would appreciate, but most other animals wouldn’t, like a fish in the badger family’s paper.
I haven’t decided on an ending yet, but I have rough ideas. Something happens and the only person who can help is the bear, and the townspeople are so grateful for his help that they forget their fears. However, this ending seems very obvious and I am going to try to think of something more interesting.