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a person's brutish or untamed characteristics
"... for he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." Samuel Johnson
In the land of the 'Brothers Grimm' fairy tales, the world is home to the characters of original stories that live among magical and non-magical beings. Among the non-magical folk is an alchemist, a business man, viscerally conjuring ways in which to become extremely powerful; while at the same time, rich. One night on his travels, he discovers 'The Beast' from 'Beauty & the Beast', angry and betrayed. Belle had left him to return home to her farther, promising to return soon. The Beast, however fears she will not and is convinced of rejection; leaving the castle feeling that no one will ever care for him. The alchemist saw this as his opportunity, so decided to trick the Beast and appear friendly and comforting; asking him to come back to his 'home'.
The alchemist imprisoned and used the Beast as a source of power, extracting his endless amounts of magic to use on his experiments; his storage room filled with vials of "bottled magic" which he plans to sell to non-magical beings to make his fortune. However, the Beast's magic was a curse; corrupted and foul. The alchemists experiments soon turned into twisted creatures and the Beast grew ever more powerful for every extraction the alchemist made. One night, the Beast's inner rage and hatred for magic and magical beings had become unstoppable. His life's miseries all boiled down to the existence of magic. The Beast broke out his prison and brutally killed the alchemist, freeing all the experiments who now followed his lead into the world to purge all with magical powers. He is on the hunt to destroy the very 'thing' he is.
One night a scientist/alchemist found a vulnerable creature. The creature was full of anger and despair, as many were scared of him for how he looked. The alchemist saw the world as boring and imperfect, so befriended the young creature and used him within his experiments to recreate the creatures magical abilities. He dreamed of creating magic that would enlighten the lands, but most importantly... to be rich. However, soon the creature became corrupted due to the years of experiments and remembering is past. He believed that world was too imperfect and could not be saved; so must be purged of all magic. One night, the creature rebelled against the scientist/alchemist and other life forms; hunting down all he thought unworthy of his magical powers; taking back their magic for himself.
Over the years of torment and terror, the scientist/alchemist conjured a potion to put a stop to the creatures onslaught. He knocked the creature from the sky; yet could not find it within himself to destroy it. He had the creature captured and imprisoned within a high security lock-down chamber. Yet the creature was smarter than he expected, waiting for the perfect opportunity to escape.
Through his rage and savagery, his actions would cause a butterfly effect leading to the events of the heroes. The creature ventured into the forest and trapped the Bear Prince knowing who he was and removed his magical ability to turn back into a human prince. He was later found by a travelling Circus who forcefully used him within their acts. His lover, Rose-Red never saw him again until her visit to the local Circus where she recognized him and attempted to rescue him with the help of her old friend 'The Master Thief'.
'The Master Thief' became an orphan at the age 6 when his parents were the first victims of the creature when he was unaware of the ability of stealing magic. He was unseen and therefore untouched by the creature. He survived alone until he was later found by Rose-Red and they became friends.
The creature attempted to steal the powers from 'Silver Hands' after barely escaping from his clutches; running through a Briar-Rose hedge using her power of telekinesis to make a pathway. She eventually sought refugee within Briar-Rose's tower; awakening her.
The monster stole the magical power from a fairy godmother who was unable to enchant a sword that would help a savior fight the thorns and vines surrounding Briar-Rose's tower. After being in a sleep for 100 years, the curse of death had taken over her. She was awakened by 'Silver Hands' and was horrified to find that she had not been rescued like the fairy godmother had said. They escaped the thorns and made their way into the forest, where they saw lights coming from a nearby Circus.
A creature (The Monster) was found by a alchemist and used as part of an experiment in the fields of magic and artificial intelligence; in belief he can help cure and perfect the magical world. However, the monsters new obsession for pure magical power resulted in a rebellion against the alchemist and other magical lifeforms. Escaping his confinement, the monster sought all he thought "unworthy" of magical abilities within the world, taking the power within them for himself. (His actions causing a butterfly effect for the events of the heroes) He was later stopped by the alchemist and is now kept within a high security lock-down prison. Decades past since the monster was captured, with many believing the tale to be legend.
The heroes fear the creator, but also the creation.
After a discussion with Alan, we simmered down what it is exactly that I ultimately want/need/should produce by the end of the year. I will be producing a set of characters with strong personalities, while also animating them so their own 'character' is being brought to life. I also discussed general completion goals. I know I cannot produce 7 characters by the end of the year; so from my previous post, I will aim to produce 3 or maybe 4 characters (max) that will allow me time to model them at a high standard, but also able to animate them fully.
Minor Project Goal:
To have fully designed, modeled, skinned, rigged and textured the chosen set of characters; capturing their personalities. Animatic and turnarounds.
End of Year Goal:
To have an animation sequence between the chosen characters that ultimately 'brings them all to life'.
I will produce a character portfolio of each characters wants, needs, flaws; etc., underlining their personalities before I begin to design them. This will help me when it comes to their own facial and body expression sketches that will allow me to escape from being afraid of drawing 'humans'.
As I would like to create the 'Bear' character as one of my chosen heroes, the discussion with Alan about fur and its difficulties were as I expected. This I would need to fight for if I followed the 'realistic path', yet their was also a chance to look into other possibilities. If I brought down my drawings a notch; from semi-realistic to slightly more 'cartoony', their could be a way around fur. This is a quick influence map of the type of style of characters I aim to produce. They still hold definition and form yet allow for more personality.
After the realization that all in all, I seem to spin around in circles when it comes to finding an idea that hasn't already been done or similar too; I have decided to look back to my previous projects. After a discussion with Phil, he and Alan think that I should look back to my Adaptation B project; I believe this is the way forward. My Adaptation B project consisted of seven characters, with only five having some designs. But (in my honest opinion) none having been finished to a finalized stage.
Project Proposal: "A year long project, deriving a cast of characters and their story from my original (Adaptation B) Project." A full re-think of the characters will be issued, with time to derive each character fully; including high levels of design. I would also think of the world's origin for the characters, as well as an update on how they are designed; i.e, 'exaggerated' and perhaps 'not completely human'. I would also think about updating the cast of heroes with a unique art style.
(V) The Creator (Made up - Creator of the Monster & deformed the heroes)
Key Features: Year Long Project - Animatic - Animation for Film - Genre: Action & Fantasy
Idea (1): Design all 7 characters; resulting in turnarounds.
Idea (2): Design the Monster and the 5 heroes; resulting in turnarounds with limited animation.
Idea (3): Design the Monster & Creator with 2 heroes. Perhaps an animation for each.
Idea (4): Design the heroes Rose Red, the Bear and the Monster to a high modelling standard and have a short animation between them. Perhaps a fight scene; almost like a teaser for the characters if the was part of a film.
I really like the Idea (4) as it would make for an interesting result and could help me explore Maya and challenge my skill set. Otherwise, I am unsure if designing all would be possible/ good for a demo reel to show a variety of skills... If so perhaps Idea (3).
This was an idea I had just after discussing the images you linked me and was unsure if to post. I already am looking further into other areas encase this doesn't show potential.
TL;DR: A young hero has bestowed the power of the tree; a gift from the pool of dreams. She must learn to focus this power, and put a stop to the villain harnessing the seed and connecting the gateway to the realm of nightmares.
Dreams & Nightmares
The 'world' was fueled by a tree that was a gift from the pool of dreams. It was the source of life; guidance, knowledge and balance; harnessing it's energy from it's seed. One night, the seed was stolen by a group of monsters sent by another (villain) who sought it's raw power to awaken the echo of nightmares. When the seed was stolen, the remaining essence of the tree fell to the purest creature it could find, a young hero, bestowing the last of it's power. After the fall of the tree, the people scattered among the forests. Years past and the hero and her grand-farther hid away high up in the tree tops. The grand-farther trained the hero to defend herself. The monstrous echos of the nightmare hunted for the last essence of the tree, and on one day, the hero's hideout was ambushed. The hero and her grand-farther both fought back the creatures, however her grand-father had been hit. As the hero watched, her sadness, her anger and all her strength awakened the essence within; finishing off the remaining echos. Her grand-farther muttered that she was the only chance of the dream returning to their world; the only chance for harmony to be restored. That she must look into the light when surrounded by darkness. However, an echo that got away reported the sighting of the essence to the villain. His creatures are on the hunt for her and her power. The hero must follow the villains path and find where the villain has control over the seed and close the gateway to the nightmare. The hero has to go on the search for the seed and along the way finds a sidekick. The hero has to steal back the seed, defeat the villain for good and restore the balance of the forest.