Saturday Afternoon Meeting Summary:
Deciding to look past our original pitch, which was mostly comedic and involving the pine beetle, we decided to take some of Bunny and Courtney's critique and dig a little deeper into the emotional core of our story: the disastrous impact of global warming. We also talked about what is standing in the way of society being able to effectively doing something about it considering that we already have many of the technologies we need: Not believing its real, not being able to see its effects in a concrete way, and not caring. We want to create an emotional connection to the subject that will make people care, much like the short "Rise Above Plastics."
(ALSO: A link to the short ABC news report on climate change):
We discussed Beasts of the Southern Wild as one inspiration. We liked that it was an allegorical story for a very real problem, told with images of things that weren't necessarily real. I found this image of the Orox frozen in the ice very striking. We discussed the possibility of our personification of climate change emerging from the ice, but Gil had a very cool idea of starting at the industrial revolution, essentially the beginning of some very cool technologies but also the beginning of our planets C02 problem.
The idea is to create a film which begins with small SPARK or CHANGE, which rapidly ESCALATES into a WORLD THREATENING PROBLEM. The solution is the same as the problem. A small SPARK or CHANGE of perception which will ESCALATE into a WORLD CHANGING SOLUTION.
We will follow the personification of CLIMATE CHANGE (or likewise you could see it as the personification of C02) as it evolves through three main beats: being "born" from a steam engine, growing rapidly through a jet engine, and ultimately growing enormously and dangerously through a factory smoke stack. The idea is for this change to happen RAPIDLY and SEAMLESSLY, perhaps even in one "uncut" take.
For the end, we discussed never EXPLICITLY showing the solutions (aka "Green Ninja" style of people turning off their sprinklers and recycling a bottle something. We know our film is for very intelligent adults and we want to give them some opportunities to draw their own conclusions).
The idea is just to show the SPARK, the very fist initial change in attitude. We discussed the idea of showing this by always having people in silhouette throughout the film, and having them "illuminate" when they are able to physically see the monstrous personification of climate change.
Emotionally we like the feeling of this Wookid song "Run Boy Run." (There is a great instrumental version on spotify but I can't find it online).
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON:
- Sketches of what we envision these moments looking like
- Finding story "beats"
- Finding inspiration for art style and animation style
- Showing your ideas in a concrete visual way
Tuesday, October 22, 9:30pm, Room 243