Animated Feature Film By Jevon James
Not directly relating to this animated film. But this was an attempt to take my usually sketchy, loose outlined drawings and try to make them look somewhat refined and useable. For this animated film I want characters that are defined but somewhat simplistic in their design. So my sketchy loose drawings need refinement. More soon.
I reached 36 pages into the script last night. The formatting isn’t absolutely correct all the way through I’m sure, but this should mean at the moment the whole thing is running at around 36 minutes - give or take 10 minutes each way. I have a few more scenes that I definitely need to add, but then I’m guessing it will take me to about 45 pages. So maybe a little fluffling out needs to be done, a few scenes to establish the city maybe, to reach at least 60 pages. Scenes of exposition etc. We’ll see, I will update as progress is made.
The ENTIRE project was sparked off by this very small scene from the Elevator 1 episode, of Season 4 - Louie.
Then came a much much shorter, simpler idea than what I have finally written.
The final idea should now run for at least an hour long.
I bought some books for inspiration and this one stood out to me the most. Growing up watching MGM, Hanna Barbera, UPA cartoons, all studios who made such great memorable animations from the golden age of animation. I wondered if a similar style could be implemented in my film, production design-wise. Backgrounds, characters, the colour styles etc. I took to sketching out some basic characters as a start. I will do some more experimenting in the future, it’s definitely something to think about.
First ideas for my main character sketched out very roughly. I had Bruce Willis’s character from Unbreakable in my mind a lot, the raincoat is such an iconic looking garment. Since this film will feature heavy rain constantly, due to the change of climate in the city, this would work well with this character. More soon.