Thursday, August 1, 2013

Collaborative Projects- Project Proposal

1. Project Description:

For this project I propose a kind of Scifi-Western of sorts…I'm thinking something along the lines of the classic sort of revenge tale. This project I'm seeing as being a short film perhaps only about around 5-10 minutes or so in length (15 maybe if we really want to push it I suppose). Ultimately what I'm proposing with this project is a video that utilizes both video and live-action elements as well as animation- CGI/3D, motion graphics, special effects etc. I think it would great to work alongside and combine all our areas of expertise into one mixed and working piece that using a bit of video, animation, and a bit of everything essentially. 

2. Narrative Levels:


The plot I have thought up so far consists of this…the man/protagonist travels to a fringe and wild outlaw planet full of vagabonds and dangerous criminals in order to enact revenge on the gang that slaughtered his family. He tracks them down one by one, killing them and eventually finding the man responsible for it all he finds himself in the inevitable showdown facing the man he hates and that took everything from him…the man he has vowed to kill etc. (I'm thinking that instead of the traditional guns and horses kind of western that they would instead utilize some kind of mechs or robotics) And it ends perhaps with the protagonist facing off with him in one final stand off in a one on one old gunslinging western mech robot showdown! 


Science Fiction, Western, Crime, Action


I see the Protagonist of the story being a human male maybe about young adult to middle aged. I see a rugged sort of family man with a harsh exterior, perhaps with the whole Anti-hero thing about him. 

The Antagonists could be a mix between human or alien (lol if we want to get that creative I don't know) and I see them as a sort of gang or band of criminals, a tightly formed group with a leader. The leader of course being the one who ultimately is behind or in charge of the slaughter of the protagonists family. 


For the setting it takes place in the future and is both futuristic but with an old West kind of feel. I'm kind of imagining it to be in the way far off distant future, that is a blend of ultra futuristic but also old west/victorianesque feeling…kind of steampunk even sort of but not totally. I'm thinking it could take place on 2 planets (well basically 2 different areas mainly) one being very peaceful lush and garden like…maybe a kind of prairie look to it, and this could be where the story starts; the second of the planets/areas could be some kind of place that is the opposite of the first and could be harsher in environment whether it be dry, sandy, and/or hell maybe even snowy, a sort of decaying or dilapidated area could work too. The second of the setting I'm thinking could be a place/planet where it is full of criminals and vagabonds and this could be where the story eventually ends. 


Style wise I was hoping that it could be in a way modeled or inspired by both a blend of the modern scifi movie and that of spaghetti westerns. I'm thinking with a darker more gritty kind of mood to it. It could be shot in a series of quick cuts or flashbacks showing the viewer what happened and leading up to the final moment of the story which could be the showdown. The lighting could vary based on what needs to be done with it I suppose, but I think most of it may be natural looking light. I was thinking for color palettes it could have a very grunge sort of look about it mainly using earth tones and the like (Browns, Greens, etc.) 

Example for colors/palette I was thinking of below:

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.


The conflict/drama of this story is simple and is revenge driven. The man/protagonists seeks revenge and or justice for the killing of his family. 


The theme is a sort of "Out for Revenge" kind of theme, one where it focuses on the achievement of justice/revenge and the righting the wrongs etc.

3. Visual Reference/Inspiration:

Firefly (TV Series)

Cowboy Bebop (TV Series)

Deviant Art artist- robotnicc (


4. Timeline: 

-Figure out story/flush out a script
-Map out Story/Preliminary stuff, figure out the look and feel then start Storyboard/Concept art
-Start work or process needed for CGI and or animation stuff
-Find/figure out locations for shooting as well as actors
-Figure out overall setting and/or costuming if needed
-Continue work on CGI stuff
-Film/green screen
-Reshoot if necessary etc.
-Assemble and put together rough edit
-Continue edit and polish the final piece

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So, I finally settled upon a logo...

After months of trial and error and complete and utter garbage, I've finally powered through it and came up with/designed an effective here it is-


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Adventures in AfterEffects!

So, I started to finally try and explore Adobe AfterEffects these past days/now going on months rather...I actually finished this like a month or so ago, but just now have gotten around to actually posting my bad folks. :)


This was sort of just an experimental video I did to kind of try out and play around with Adobe it's pretty much one of if not the first real thing I've done with AE...the project was as a whole with this video was to try out new stuff in AE and play around with trying to better teach myself the program. I still have a long way to go...but here's my start.

The video was done using both AfterEffects, and Premiere. Some of the footage used was stock footage I gathered and then later altered/edited...the rest for the most part was filmed and or created by me.
Audio is a mix of a variety of different stuff from/by- ambient sounds, The Legendary Pink Dots, The XX, and Nachtreich...all edited and complied together into a track.



Gravity: it's the one force that keeps us here...stable...our feet on the ground.
The one undeniable truth is that despite how we rise,
                                      we all fall...try as we might- to rise off the ground we can't stand; stable, firm, and unyielding.
Strong and resistant to the winds of conflict and the divergences of everyday;
                we clash against this gravity- against this defeat like waves.
We are the waters of the ocean, hitting the shore...only to retreat.
Our eyes opened to this truth...a dancer in wildfire- stepping, leaping over flames.
We as mankind will always fall, fail...and face these odds against our rival-gravity. This defeat is our purpose but also our promise...and yet against all odds- against gravity itself...
                there is another truth; we all get up- rise, rise up and fight, dance for survival, for the promise that while our feet now touch the ground beneath us one day we will stand, ascending, unbroken, we will awaken and we will fly.
The perception predates and precedes us; it is now and it is thus.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Future Cosplay...

So, after me and the lovely Allison Cundiff did some planning last night...we both came up with a brilliant cosplay idea....

I had some time today after going out and running some errands...I got home and set myself to work on a concept drawing for our costume...

Alas I'll let the image speak for itself...

Done one lazy Thursday afternoon...created in Adobe Illustrator
(Moogle-FFVII Save Point)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DING! DING! DING!! I think we have a winner! (Logo & Business Card)

So after posting my past design's and logo considerations as well as a rough business card design, on the CCAD Animation Collective's facebook page (seriously the best organization at CCAD in my opinion :3), I recieved a ton of helpful feedback from was great!

So, after alot of feedback and really helpful critiques I used the original designs sort of as a jumping off point and a basis of inspiration...

I really changed alot and pretty much the whole design...I think I like this one a whole lot better though!

(Also, as a side not the logo design, and the front of the business card are both ambigram's meaning it's the same right side up as it is upside down :3...yep pretty cool I think...and suprisingly harder to do than one might think...)

Ah, well enough it is!!!

-Enjoy! <3



I think this is all in all a vast improvement from where it was before in my opinion, but like all things there's still room for if you have any suggestions or critiques please leave some. It would be absolutely lovely to get feedback of any kind. :)



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Business Card's Anyone?

I also was dabbling around with the first of the logo's which is the one I think as of late I'm leaning towards unless anyone else wants to weigh in...

But yea, neither here nor there...check out these sort of test business cards I made! :)


Opinions? Helpful hints? I'm all ears amigo's...

Logo's Anyone?

So, during this summer I wanted to continue working on the side on several small projects here and of which is creating a logo for myself.

I wanted something that embodies both me as a person and an artist...that reflects who I am and reflects the work that I do...

I wanted to as Charlotte Belland says keep it "Lovely Dirty"...

Here's a handful of some logo's I've come up with all similar in a way only with minor differences here and there...

Which ones do you like?