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“A Far Fetched Story About A Ruff Adventure...”


Synopsis................................................................................3 Treatment.............................................................................4 CHARACTER DESIGN Comparative Sizes.............................................................7 Clay Models.........................................................................8 BOY Character Desciption.......................................................10 Turnarounds......................................................................11 Concept Art......................................................................13 Construction Sheet........................................................14 Expression Sheet............................................................15 Pose Sheet........................................................................16 Colour Testing.................................................................17 ROX Character Desciption....................................................20 Turnarounds...................................................................21 Concept Art...................................................................23 Construction Sheet.....................................................24 Expression Sheet..........................................................25 Pose Sheet.....................................................................26 Colour Testing..............................................................27 SET DESIGN Floorplan......................................................................31 Thumbnails..................................................................32 Paper Model................................................................33 3D Model ....................................................................34 Concept Art................................................................35 Colour Testing............................................................37 Final Design................................................................39 Prop Sheet..................................................................41 Script.........................................................................43 Storyboard................................................................47


“A Far Fetched Story About A Ruff Adventure...”

SYNOPSIS

A young boy from a small suburban neighbourhood finds himself ‘in the doghouse’ with his girlfriend. Desperate to apologise, he tries to deliver a heartfelt letter to her. However, before he can seek forgiveness from her he must first prove his worth to her overprotective and stubborn dog Rox. An epic battle with a lot of farce humour enthrals as the determined boy fights for forgiveness from both of them.


TREATMENT

After a recent argument, one young boy attempts to apologise to his girlfriend by delivering a love letter to her house. Set in a small suburban town with rows of identical houses and lots of perfectly green lawns, the story sees the boy taking a break from his daily paper round. He approaches the house on his bike with the heart stamped white letter in hand. However, when attempting to deliver said letter he is challenged by the girl’s dog (Rox) who is not so ready to forgive the boy after the argument. An epic battle commences bet ween the t wo characters. One which includes a lot of farce humour, far fetched props and pop culture references. The classic cartoon style approach sees the boy falling victim to Rox’s plans which, more often than not, include anvils and dynamite. After attempting everything the boy can think possible he breaks down crying, truly sorry for his actions and desperate to apologise. Rox has championed him and for a brief moment feels victorious. However, seeing the boy in this state forms a wave of guilt. Rox realises her owner must be feeling just as upset as the boy. Taking action, she picks up the now damaged letter and takes it inside to deliver to the girl. Moments later the girl appears at the door of the house. The boy lights up at the sight of her and they embrace in a big hug. Rolling her eyes Rox returns to her doghouse where she finds treats and bones scattered around it. Along with big red hearts identical to the one stamped of the boy’s letter. When looking over at the newly reunited couple she is angry for a brief moment and feels defeat after the battle they had over him apologising. But this thought quickly passes and she sighs in relief as she realises her owner is happy once again.


“Rox”

“The Boy”


BIOGRAPHY Young boy simply trying to deliver letter to a house. He is dating the owner of Rox but had a bad argument with her recently and is tying to apologise and win her back. Most likely a high school student, completing a paper round on his bike. APPEARANCE Young, perhaps teens. Tall and goofy looking. Kinda gormless. Big long fringe which often falls over eyes. Baggy T-shirt with large goofy sleeves; these react to movements strongly. Baggy Jeans and dark shoes. Simple shapes- Preston Blair’s Goofball structure. Same eyes and style as dog. Emotive eyebrows. PERSONALITY Sensitive. Hard for him to be angry. Very goofy and clumsy. Often trips over, maybe due to long hair over eyes or baggy loose jeans. Quite sweet and harmless. Unsuspecting, gullible. Easily susceptible to Dog’s schemes. Dumb. Lack of self confidence but gets waves determination. Good morals. Motives In love with dog’s owner, trying to deliver a love letter apology after break up. Also wants Rox’s forgiveness as well as her owners.


BIOGRAPHY Small dog living in a suburban neighbourhood. Lives in a fairly large house with a kennel out front. Causes havoc for the boy attempting to deliver letter. Very close to and protective of young female owner. APPEARANCE Papillon/ king Charles Cross inspired breed. Small, fluffy, cute but very feisty. Rock style hair/ears with 3 distinct spikes. Boxy jaw, round nose. Big eyes, usually has eyebrows down in anger. PERSONALITY Stubborn and very intelligent. Fiercely protective of owner. Aggressive towards some but usually very loving, especially towards owner. Quite spoilt, definitely happy with home life. Doesn’t like any sort of change. MOTIVES Protecting owner after breakup with guy. Doesn’t want her to be hurt again. Was originally very fond of the boy until breakup. Also selfish with owner’s affection. Eventually comes around to forgive guy as he’s trying to make amends.


After experimenting with an array of potential colour schemes, including ones inspired by hit cartoons, I have opted to keep my environment grey scale. This gives the short an “old fashioned� style and I also find it the most visually interesting. Certain props, such as the iconic heart stamped letter, will remain in colour to stand out against the grey. Turn the page to see the final design for the environment.


2018 A PRODUCTION BY HOLLY MCDOWELL

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