The story is sort of MIB'ish and revolves around 2 juvenile delinquent aliens and a border patrol agent (by border I mean "Earth"). The aliens cause a lot of havoc (i.e. cattle mutilation, crop circles, RV abduction, etc.) and the agent tries several times to arrest the hooligans.
There should be enough challenging things in the short for 3D guys (which is one of the reasons I haven't started on it yet). There's a runny nose scene, several effects shots with UFO lighting and rocket blasts, a liquid substance shot and it all takes place outdoors (trees, rocks, grass, etc. with wind dynamics).
I think it will run around 3-4 minutes. Depends on what I add/remove when I re-do the storyboards.
I'll be taking this slow because I do work full time and have a wife and 3 kids who need my attention occassionally. But, I'm going to be dedicated to this if there are some people who are interested in helping me out with it.
I'm currently re-working the character designs and storyboards and I'll post additional stuff as I complete it. But for now here is the first alien design (see below) if someone wants to start modelling and work on a few animation tests (character sheet coming next).
NOTE - this alien is approximately 3 feet tall or 1 meter (if I remember my metrics properly) and should be pretty flexible for the animation. Squash-n-stretching much like a Warner Bros animation.
I also have some wav files that might be good for lip sync tests. A friend of mine did some sample recordings a while ago. I'll post a link to the files when I get my ftp issues resolved.
This project is for fun, learning and sense of accomplishment. I hope a few of you can help. PM me full names for the credits if you do any work on it, and I'll keep a project log and try to keep everyone motivated.
That's all for now ...