10:39 PM

New Direction

After attending John Pettingill's thesis defense last week, I have decided to pursue 2D animation for my animated short. 

The hour long presentation emphasized the large amount of patience, organization, and time needed to create a successful 3D animated short (which, I discovered quickly, I do not possess).

It appears that my idea for my animated short is not directly related to my current artist statement. Dr. Parke suggested that I revaluate what it is I would like to portray in the short. Dogs are a personal matter to me for obvious reasons. I decided to record them as such:

  • mutual appreciation of company (between man and dog)
  • desire attention
  • provide company
  • playful
  • protective
  • entertaining
  • unconditional love
  • exercise companion
  • excited by one's presence
  • empathetic
  • social aspect (dog parks, conversation amongst friends)
  • human characteristics often depicted by dog
  • considered a family member
  • caring
  • attachment more than other domesticated animals
  • special bond and connection
  • early established relationship between man and dog
  • intelligent
  • wise
  • motivation to assist
  • service dogs
  • humorous

More reasons why I love man's best friend:

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4:08 PM

Updated Boards

Updated Boards 

Title card: "Fetch"
preferred transitions: fades or cross dissolves

My original intention for the short was to remain at surface level. It may comment on the developing relationship between man and dog, but is primarily for the sake of comedy.

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7:13 PM

Montage organization and preliminary boards

Fetch Montage

1)Man throws stick, but dog has no interest
2)Dog goes wrong direction and does not see stick thrown
3)Dog does not drop stick for man, man grabs stick but wolf does not let go (hangs in the air)
4)Dog drops stick, but immediately grabs it right back when the man tries to pick it up (growls)
5)Man throws stick but it bounces off a wall and hits man (dog retrieves item and drops on unconscious man)

* black circle on board indicates cut

Guard Montage

1)Dog goes to sleep in man's home
2)Dog sleeps (dreams of chasing) as saber-toothed tiger invades man's home or food
3)Dog finally alerts when he hears something (rodent or bird)
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