THE DAY I KILLED MY IMAGINARY BEST FRIEND
PRODUCTION GROUP . Director
Antonio J. Busto
Antonio J. Busto Blanca Font
Concept art animation
Antonio J. Busto Martín Martínez
Concept art live action
Antonio J. Busto Blanca Font
Antonio J. Busto Martín Martínez
Blanca Font Pablo Ortiz
Symbolism and metaphor
Moodboard and References
Aesthetic and colors
SYNOPSIS ~ Regla is a nine-year-old girl, whose only friend is imaginary. Regla hates bath time and always has to be ordered to do it. However, she usually gets rid of her bath water without her mother knowing. One day Regla and her indulgent imaginary friend are forced to confront the sudden arrival of her first menstruation and the problems that come with it.
IMAGINARY FRIEND ___________________
Regla is a nine-years-old girl, with thin constitution and with body without curves. With her undulations of blond hair she has a wild appearance. She is a reserved and timid girl. She has no friends and she never goes out her house. The most similar as a mate of games who she has is her imaginary friend, who she uses as if toy was. Regla usually wears underclothes in house. She doesnâ€™t like getting shower, so her mother often gets angry.
He is a being without defined personality, without sexuality o concrete behavior and without a stable aesthetics. He always transforms his physic aspect and his behavior seeking to please Regla, finishing always being an unpleasant, but she often ends up feeling upset and tired of his appearance. He usually changes into appearance which belongs to universe that surrounds Regla, form of cat, mother or any idol of her. In any occasions those aspects get mixed up, but they all are based on vital experience of Regla, since he is fruit of her imagination.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOTH CHARACTERS REGLA AND IMAGINARY FRIEND _________________________________________________________________________ Imaginary friend always seeks to please Regla, while she always uses him like an entertainment, and even she treat him with disdain or she ignores him. When Regla tires and bores of him, he turns into new role to please her.
Approach Story begins when Regla is put into bath by her mother through push and against her will, since she hates getting shower. But what her mother doesnâ€™t know is that each time she obeys Regla to get shower Regla pretends to do it. To do it she always brings about a ritual which consists of filling the bath, of pouring shampoo to form corresponding lather, of getting wet her heir, of impregnating with cologne and of dampening some towels like an evidence of fact. Regla, one she is only in the bath, gets ready to build her usual farce. In this moment, a new character is presented. While girl sees to collect evidences of her false bath. He follows her as if a dog was, and each time his behavior displeases her, she has no doubt to punish him her way.
Climax: Conflict While Regla has a pee, she discovers that there is blood in her panties. She feels frightened. She doesnâ€™t understand from where blood comes, why or how she can stop it. After remaining paralyzed during pair seconds, she tries to find out where blood comes, and after she gets rid of it. But her attempts are failed and, in search of a desperate solution, she ends up to get into the bath.
Development Once in the bath, Regla remains still and closes her eyes, as if she expected that upon opening again everything had been a nightmare. She tries to calm down and concentrates on remember all what makes her feel happy. - Climax: Crisis When Regla achieves to calm down she is obeyed to come back to the reality through sudden knock in the door. It’s her mother, who seems to consider she delays in the bath. But when Regla opens her eyes, not only she is submerged in a bath’s blood, but also she sees her imaginary friend is on the floor, moribund, he is disappearing with each knock which his mother produces in the door. The girl follows still in the bath until other series of knocks in the door, stronger than previous one, make her go out the water.
Solution Regla, who is out of bath, doesn’t go to the door directly, but she stops where her imaginary friend is. Paralyzed, she sees how he disappeared with each knock. A knock, a part of his body less, until impatience of her mother produces his complete disappearance. In that moment, Regla observes that there is nothing of him; it’s only her and the chaos covered in blood and disorder which surround in the room. But knocks of her mother doesn’t stop still, and Regla decides that it’s hour of opening the door. She’s confused, but she knows that she expects an embarrassing talk with her mother. Regla opens the door, but she’s soaked, this time without tricks, she has finished achieving the aim by which she went to the bath.
SYMBOLISM AND METAPHOR Regla, despite of her premature development, doesn’t stop being a nine-years-old girl in child stage. However, through his physic evolution, she will be obeyed to develop a mental evolution for which she doesn’t ready. But it is society, traditions and conventions of world which surround her which obey her to make this new course. In this case, it is her mother who represents one of elements which end up snatching a part of her childhood when her imaginary friend disappears due to knocks. Not only people explain her previously what menstruation was, maybe she has an idea, but also when her mother surely discovers it, she make her mother know that she is “a young women”, and all due to physic development before time, which has cost a scene of authentic terror and the loss of his only friend. 8
MOODBOARD AND REFERENCES
Live-action experimental references
Scene and bacground references
KEY MOVEMENTAND ANIMATION SHEET
AESTHETICS AND COLORS
REGLA FACIAL EXPRESSION SHEET
REGLA BODY GESTURE SHEET
IMAGINARY FRIEND FACIAL EXPRESSION SHEET
IMAGINARY FRIEND BODY GESTURE SHEET
SCRIPT A. J. Busto B. Font
COLOR STYLING BACKGROUNDS A. J. Busto M. Martínez
MUSIC J. M. Busto
DIRECTION A. J. Busto ANIMATION A. J. Busto M. Martínez
STORYBOARD A. J. Busto M. Martínez
ANIMATIC A. J. Busto
LIVE ACTION A. J. Busto B. Font
CINEMATOGRAPHY B. Font P. Ortiz
ANIMATION PROD. A. J. Busto M. Martínez
SCHEDULE PRODUCTION AND POSTPRODUCTION BACKGROUND PHOTO SOURCE ANIMATION COLORING COMPOSING AFTER EFFECTS AUDIO EFFECTS MUSIC
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MARCH del 27 al 4
APRIL del 2 al 8
del 5 al 11
del 9 al 15
del 12 al 18
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del 19 al 25
MAY from 23 to 29 from 30 to 6
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