Tuesday, January 07, 2014

FAO CGAA Year 1: Unit Storytelling & Commission/Project: From Script To Screen - Examples of Previous Student Work - And Beyond!

As you start thinking about your story ideas and planning your project timetables, take a look at these examples of previous student work in response to the From Script to Screen project brief - all of which began with those same 3 random slips of paper!

Lucy Yelding - Gie (Animatic)

Gie 'Art Of'


 Samantha NiemczykThe Chefs Of Tonga Island (animatic)

The Chefs Of Tonga Island 'Art Of'

Jono Pearmain - A Hero's Hat (Maya Pre-viz)

A Hero's Hat - 'Art Of'

This brief is much more than an exercise in satisfying the year one CGAA curriculum. This is your first experience of getting an original story idea from 'script to screen' - and what you accomplish in the next few weeks might be just the beginning of a much more ambitious creative experience.

Back in early 2010, GTA Jordan Buckner undertook the very same challenge of synthesising 3 random components into an original story idea for an animated short.  Jordan's resulting work, Piano can be seen here as both an animatic and pre-viz.  In early 2012, Jordan returned to this story as the basis for his final major project, and so it was that Piano became The Minor Key.

Jordan Buckner - Piano (Animatic March 2010)

Piano - CG Pre-viz (March 2010)

Piano - Repairman original sketches (March 2010)

Piano - Original storyboard panel (March 2010)

The Minor Key (July 2012)

The Minor Key - Repairman character development (July 2012)

The Minor Key - Rendered still (July 2012)

Back in March 2012, current year 3 student, Sammy Butler picked her 3 random components from the mysterious blue box, and from them originated And Son - a story idea Sammy has since returned to with her fellow classmates Chrissie Peters and David Vandepeer, as the basis for their current year long collaboration.   You can watch Sammy's original animatic below and check out her accompanying 'Art Of' too - and then be sure to check out Polydoodle's most up-to-date animatic and production progress so far.

Sammy Butler - & Son (Animatic - March 2010)

& Son 'Art Of' (March 2010)

& Son - Polydoodle Pictures (Animatic - January 2014)

& Son - Benjamin Badgersworth CG model (January 2014)

This project is hugely important to your creative and professional development as CG artists. This is about the craft and graft of the storyteller and it's not for the faint-hearted. You will need to fight for your stories. You will need to fight to make them work and to connect satisfyingly with audiences. Don't underestimate the challenge - meet it head on with professionalism and with gusto and you might just create a story idea that's good enough to go a whole lot further.  Good luck!

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