Concept For my animation I want to make a story revolving around a Limbo world. In my story everyone and everything has to go through Limbo before being sent to heaven or hell. My animation will be a short dark comedy that is approximately 2 min and 40 sec long.
Story The story starts with two frogs dying and their souls ascending upward to the island in the sky called Limbo. The two frogs are directed by a sign to wait on line. There are several other souls in front of them talking to a large crow. When they get to the front of the line the crow, named Red, introduces himself as the manager of Limbo, greets the two souls. He explains that they must recall their deaths before passing onto heaven. He asks the frogs who they are and how they died. The first frog, Melanie, says she died of a heart attack when she found out her husband had died. Red writes the information on his clipboard and points her to a large ship called the S.S. Heaven. There are several other souls already on the ship. Next to the ship is a clock indicating that the boat leaves in the next 15 min. Red then asks the second frog, named Frank, to recall his death. Frank tells him that he was walking along when a mob of ninja flies descended upon him. He says he tried to fight them off but they overtook him with throwing stars. First flashback/fight scene: It starts off in a Japanese garden‐like setting along the edge of a pond. Frank is meditating on a dock when he hears a noise coming from the tall grass. Throwing stars fly out and Frank dashes out of the way in a flash. Three Ninja flies emerge from the grass and speed toward him. Frank suddenly takes out a concealed samurai sword and cuts the first fly in half. A second fly tries to sneak up behind him but Frank jumps and slashes the fly from above. The third fly tries to run and Frank chases after him. The fly leads him further into the grass where he is swarmed by a mob of flies with throwing stars. The scene cuts right before the stars reach Frank. As soon as Red finishes writing down Frank’s story, the paper on his clipboard explodes. Red gives Frank a funny look and Melanie looks frustrated with her face in her hand. Red asks Frank how he ACTUALLY died. Frank proceeds to tell him that he died when he was defending his frog kingdom from the fly marauders. He gives a detailed story of how he fought off dozens of flies. He died when a lone fly hit him in the back with an arrow. Second flashback/fight scene: The scene starts with Frank dressed as a king patrolling the walls of his castle. The castle is also located on the edge of a pond. As he is patrolling the wall he sees a bush rustling and he leaves the castle to investigate. As soon as he exits the castle he is ambushed by dozens of fly marauders. He uses his long sword to decapitate 2 of the flies at once. He turns around and slices the arms of another fly with a mace. One fly throws a spear at Frank but he cuts it down in mid air and stabs the fly. It appears that Frank has won the battle. As he triumphantly stands over the bodies, a lone fly takes aim from a tall reed above. The scene cuts right before the arrow hits Frank in the face.
Red’s notes explode again. Melanie is furious with Frank and starts yelling and pointing at the ships departure time (3 min). A new soul then appears and cuts in front of Frank. It’s a large fly that tells Red that he died when Frank choked on him. The fly is directed toward the boat. Frank gives Red an embarrassed smile and Red points him toward the ship. Frank just barley makes it onto the boat and Melanie is relieved. As the ship takes off Frank starts telling the other passengers about his heroic death. His wife gives him a funny look as the ship sails into the sunset.
Comments The first storyboard should not start next to a graveyard; the pan to show it is awkward. You should start with the camera going through grass into the first scene with the frogs. The pacing for the animatic needs to be fixed, the first half has scenes that go by too quickly, the second half can be left alone because it has good pacing. Response: The first frame in the storyboard has been changed and the pacing has been fixed in the animatic.
Current Progress: Backgrounds
Next Steps Next I need to test and start the animation. My production schedule outlines the steps I need to take to complete the animation in time. Production Schedule Monday December 5th- Finished storyboards Monday December 12th- Finished Animatic, start creating settings Thursday December 22nd- Computer is fixed Wednesday December 28th- Finished settings for boards 1-30 Wednesday January 4th- Finished settings for boards 30-40 Wednesday January 18th- Finished settings for scenes 40-50 Tuesday January 24th- Finished settings remaining scenes Tuesday January 31st- Start animating and problem solving. Tuesday February 7th- Finished animation for scenes 1-10 Tuesday February 14th- Finished animation for scenes 1-20 Tuesday February 21st- Finished animation for scenes 20-30 Tuesday February 28th- Finished animation for scenes 30-40 (Start audio) Tuesday March 6th- Finished animation for scenes 40-50 Tuesday March 13th- Animation Completed, tweak animation and finish sound Tuesday March 20th- Continue to Polish and tweak animation.