View Full Version : WIP ~ "Fly Me To The Moon" film short
03-08-2005, 02:06 AM
<<First off I'm posting this here because I plan to do it all in LW. Once animations starts I may start a thread in the animation WIP>>
Well, I'm posting this to keep myself honest. I recently got the latest version of LW and have set a goal for myself to create something with it. I've been mulling over a cute little romantic film short to Sinatra's version of "Fly Me To The Moon". Its now time for it to stop being an idea and start becoming reality. So here I'm starting. At the moment my studio server is being changed over to a new host so I'll make the first few concepts and work attachments. FYI, I'm starting from scratch...outside of some notes on a scratchpad nothing has happened. So, if you want to follow the progress and be the demons snapping at my heels and run me out of procrastination hell, you're welcome to it! So now off I go to do some rough design sketches.
Here is a list of elements:
*male main character
*his faithful little pet (dog probably)
*female object of affection
*House in the middle of country field
*House on the moon
*minor elements-mailbox, phone, misc tools, postcard, schematic plan
Rough Storyline for this 2min28sec song:
As the music starts with the percussion beat a mail truck delivers mail. In it is a postcard in the style of the 50's from the Moon....his sweetheart telling him how much she misses him. As he is reading the postcard on top of the pile of mail he notices a junk mailer advertising a build at home rocket! He whips his phone out and calls the number, hangs up and patiently waits. ZOOM, a delivery truck arrives covers up camera view then zooms off leaving him with a crate. He carries/drags it around the back of the house and opens the crate and gets out the schematics then starts putting the ship together with the help of his trusty pet. As the song gets into the intrumental verse he is finishing the rocket and dropping the "Fuel Pill" (probably glowing green pill) into the tank then launches off, the second stage launch is with another blast from the brass instruments and he is headed for the moon. The song ends with cuts of a far away shot of his ship bouncing across the moon's surface disentegrating with each bounce and the interior of her house shaking more with each bounce as he gets closer until she looks out the window and then goes to the front door, just to see him sliding to a stop at her doorstep in his cockpit chair with his faithful pet in his lap to recieve a kiss from her.
Character Enviroment Style:
I'm thinking a simplified abstracted presentation, more cartoon than real.
Well I'm off to start some concept work and get started...thanks for looking in and I hope you enjoy the process as much as I know I'm gonna stress out here and there about it....lol!!!
03-08-2005, 02:57 AM
Well here is a starting point for "Moe" the main character...not sure if I want him long and short or squat and short but I'll start there...
<<going in a different direction, too lazy at this point to hook up my scanner to show sketches so I'll post models once I get started>>
03-08-2005, 04:54 AM
Started roughing out Moe...off to bed now, still gotta do that work thing in the morning...
<<same as above>>
03-08-2005, 02:03 PM
Popping in at work to get another look and I'm thinking it needs to be more abstract. Not sure, my original concept 2 years ago was an almost hobbit like character. Now I'm leaning more towards a character similiar to Lango's in his short LUNCH. What I really need is a tight concept artist who wants to see his stuff come to life. I really enjoyed creating the human characters for ALIENZ that Kirt came up with. I'd be open to the same thing if anyone has any good ideas and some experience just let me know. Back to sketching since I'm not happy with this, but hey, the point is to start somewhere! Especially after 2 years...
03-08-2005, 06:27 PM
hey looking forward to seeign stuff, tho nothign here right now...work work work buddy :D
03-08-2005, 08:41 PM
Hi Kenn, :- ) How Are ya?
Would you put a quick description about the main character (moe?) and also for other characters, if you could, thanx.
03-08-2005, 08:49 PM
Thanks Ian and Ila!
You got it Ila...starting making some character notes yesterday and working on some more today in my spare time. I'm leaning towards a saurian/salamander look almost now...I'll get that horse in the stall eventually, just keep walking him around in circles until he goes...lol.
Thanks guys for the posts, gonna get this thing done and I know I'l benefit from your feedback.
<<Got the night free, fiance's feeling sick with a cold, so tonights gonna be a film night!>>
03-09-2005, 01:08 AM
Here's an update after about an hour and half of roughing out from concept sketches. This one is flowing alot better in the modeling, the poly's are there where I need them and its moving really well, almost effortlessly. I'll update again once he's completely roughed out as a figure.
03-09-2005, 03:26 AM
Alright, body roughed out. I'm planning on putting him in something like orange overalls with boots. He's a farmer of some sort, still deciding what kind...maybe mushroom...hehe. Thinking about making his pet a monkey or minature human looking kinda thing, either that or some kind of limbless bouncy thing to cut down on animation. Well moving right along, still need to do his mouth and clothing, he's got eyes in there.
Still deciding whether or not to save texture maps for everything until the end so I can keep consistency look/theme. Once he's to a finished stage I'll split off a copy of him and slim and refine it for the female...I thinks she'll be pink and purple and sultry...:love::D
Let me know what you think guys...gonna have to make room on the desk or go to Jinny's to scan in any concept art. I'll do a landscape of his farm after I get him done.
03-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Moe ~ A hardworking country fellow living on his family's snail farm. He likes to tinker and build things when he's not tending the "snotshells" as he tends to call them. He's fallen in love with his childhood friend, Evonne, who moved to the moon to pursue her dream to grow "moon mushrooms", an increasingly popular delicacy. He's sworn to himself to stay on "earth" and keep his feet on the ground, but love has other plans for him...
Evonne ~ A bright beautiful enterprising young lady who fell in love with Moe but had to follow her dreams. She started a "moon mushroom" farm on a shoe string and now its going great! If only Moe would join her then her dream would be complete...
Pet ~ Still not sure, haven't decided between flying/bouncing/crawling mode of locomotion. Faithful, playful and always curious about Moe's latest projects and lends help when necessary. Current ideas: "Lightning bug", "monkey", "bouncy fur ball", still waiting for it to gel.
Okay Ila, I hope this gives you more information regarding the characters. I'm going for the saurian theme with all the strange elements that can go with it.
03-10-2005, 12:28 AM
AH cool, thanx Kenn, nice! :- )
I'd go for a heavy cartoon/comic style for it, and pet idea would be great, maybe a shape-shifting one (something like that in 'treasure planet')
03-10-2005, 01:59 AM
Thanks Ila! Well here are the model roughouts for Moe and Evonne. May end up smoothing more detail out of them but probably not. Not really messing with the legs/feet because they both get boots of some kind and the body will get overalls (in the least Moe will). Been thinking about putting some stuff on the heads that go a bit down the neck for some secondary motions sort of like soft "spikes" or a hair like something. Well off to bed to try to sweat off this sick feeling, gnite until next time.
Oh BTW C&C is welcome on anything at anytime!
03-11-2005, 03:42 AM
It's Joe, popping in to take a look at everything.... I like the idea of the Mushroom Farm, didn't expect that from you, being so clean-cut and all. ;-)
Things look pretty impressive graphically, and well thought out to me. I don't know much about CG, not the artistic type-hope the rest of it goes well for you.
:wise:"Opportunities Multiply as they are seized" -Sun Tzu-
03-16-2005, 04:47 AM
Still working on this, at the moment its mainly background story and concepts. I'll post some images of the Snail Farm and those elements soon. Also still working out the space ship and its delivery and assembly to fit into the time alotted to it. I've got the storyboard breakdown to times, did it while letting some concepts roll around in my head. Anyone who knows a good dopesheet doc to use I'd appreciate it.
2:29 total time of song
0-:03 landscape shot of farm from front and mail truck arrives and drops off mail
:03-:05 Moe walks to mailbox and waves to truck as it clears camera
:05-:08 close up of front of "Moon" postcard from below shot up to Moe's face.
:08-:11 down shot of writing on postcard of Evonne's handwriting, mailer below card shifts to show "do it yourself" moon rocket image.
:11-:14 moon rocket mailer put on top of postcard
:14-:15 realization of idea slowly shows on Moe's face.
:15-:20 close up of mailer to reveal "button" for immediate delivery and charge to account.
:22 Moe squinches eyes and with big pause before, pushes button.
:24 shipping crate arrives.
:25-:30 Moe dragging/pushing box to clear area to build rocket.
:30-:35 unpacking with curiousity looking at random parts with excitement.
:35-:40 rolls out plans on ground and looks over them.
:40-:52 assorted cuts of assembly
:52-:56 goofing around with his pet after getting ship built.
:56-1:06 climbing in and getting strapped in
1:06-1:09 reading directions about "fuel pills"
1:10 deep breath
1:11 drops in blue pill into fuel tank
1:12-1:13 ground shot of ship shaking and launching from ground
1:13-1:17 ariel shot of launch with ship racing past camera.
1:17-1:21 flying through clouds camera slowly approaches rocket
1:21-1:27 interior shot with Moe patting pet at 1:26
1:27-1:34 external shot of ship approaching space and running out of fuel
1:34-1:40 quickly reading directions again as ship starts to loose momentum
1:40-1:42 drops red pill into tank
1:44-2:00 the launch from earth to moon through space
2:00-2:04 rounding moon and approaching atmosphere
2:04-2:06 getting closer to ground sees mushroom farm in the distance.
2:06-2:10 ship bouncing and disentegrating through mushroom field trying to land with cuts to Evonne in her house feeling the bounces and ship in distance through window.
2:10-2:14 ship has disentegrated and thrown Moe with pet in lap on seat sliding and spinning to music towards Evonne's doorstep.
2:18 Moe sees Evonne at door
2:22 they stand back from each other andcut to camera shot over his shoulder at the smoking wreckage of the ship and her mushroom field.
2:24 cut to her face and a stern look at him
2:26 cut to Moe and he shrugs and smiles.
2:27 close up of her face and she smiles
2:28-2:29 cut to distance shot of door shutting and pet lying down on doorstep.
*credits* and repeat of song.
Thanks for looking in....now its just a matter of getting the images from my head to the screen....WOOT! Gonna have some fun.
03-16-2005, 09:41 AM
we want more images! :-P
05-25-2005, 12:35 AM
Just dropping a note for those who care....I am still on track with this, playing around with concepts. Just dealing with getting custody of the children since the ex wants to move the kids with her out-of-state. I'll be back on this soon...
01-10-2006, 08:09 PM
Be strong and have faith. Good luck.
Congrats on your WIP.. Hope to see more of your stuff here soon!
Greetings from Chile.
01-10-2006, 08:09 PM
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