Saturday, February 4, 2012

I.S. - StoryLine

My homework for this week was to figure out the beginning/middle/end of my story
So here is the first draft of the "flow" of the storyline.

1. World rotates, as the sun comes up on Sumatra

Zoom in to see tigers/ elephants/ orangutans in their natural environment.

2. Tiger walks, happy, background changing behind him to show the habitat and animals

3. Tiger hears a noise, and starts running away. hides as shadow approaches.
Bulldozer tears down area tiger was just in.

4. Follow Bulldozer, watch load trucks with trees, etc. Show companies or uses on the sides of the planes/trucks and then zoom out to see these planes taking off.

5. See the globe/map, and areas of green become brown....or some other way to show that these environments are being devastated.

6. Cut back into our Tiger friend hiding, comes out to see what happened to everything, and to his friends and companions. Finds camera from WWF and comes right up to it, and smells it

7. Show video as "video" on a person's tv. People begin to take action, and send money.

8. Money being sent from everywhere, to make the devastated areas "green" again.

9. Pan to the map "key", where there is a call to action, and website/number of WWF.

Simple story, easy to follow.
Beginning: before people took trees,
Middle: bulldozer, tiger noticing the damage
End: how you can help.

I.S. - research

I am doing an independent study this semester, and hopefully in the end will have a public awareness animated short that highlights something we are unaware of in our daily life.
My original inspiration were these three videos:

Fracking Video

Chipotle, back to the start

The Beatles Rockband Intro from Stephane coedel on Vimeo.

So what I decided I am going to do is a video about the WWF, and Tiger habitats in particular.
The first article I found about it was "Tigers or Toilet Paper" which states that certain toilet paper companies are using the trees of Sumatra (the tiger's natural habitat) to make their toilet paper, instead of planting their own. As I kept scouring the WWF articles, I found this article from a year ago, stating that there are paper companies using these same trees, and not only tigers, but elephants and orangutans homes were being destroyed.

This video also was captured with a camera trap, of a tiger and bulldozer in the same area. (see article here)

This sort of irresponsibility should be stopped, and so I want to make a video to highlight these issues, and hopefully inspire someone who can do something about it, to do something about it :D

My short animation will only be about 30 seconds long, and a graphic cut-paper-puppet looking style. This will also be my 3rd animation project for my Design for Media class.

I am excited to get started! I'll post as I go, so you can see the whole process.