This is for you Sammy Joe
This blog is to showcase the process of my short film, Lucy Dreams, and to share other projects that I may be working on
This is for you Sammy Joe
A young girl Lucy and her new favorite toy, Teddy, find them- selves in a dream like world where anything she draws with her magical crayon comes to life. The evil Dr Mann, her ex best toy Kitty in disguise, kidnaps her teddy to draw Lucy into this netherworld where Kitty uses Lucy's imagination against her. She must save her Teddy and her Kitty's soul before it's too late.
Drawings are strewn on the floor depicting Kitty and Lucy on their adventures, with one drawing showing them fighting Dr. Mann. Lucy runs into her bedroom with a brand new Teddy Bear in her hand. The north side of her wall displays a crayon mural be- ing drawn by Lucy. She plops down by all of her drawing stuff, and grabs kitty and tosses her aside hitting her box of 64 crayons and spilling them over. Lucy looks at the mural and wants to fill in more of her castle and the area around it. She turns around and sifts through the crayons looking for a bright, pretty color. She sees some crayons under kitty and notices a glittery crayon. She grabs it and draws several birds in the sky flying in front and behind the castle. Then she starts on the drawbridge. While she is drawing the drawbridge, the birds that she just drew start coming to life on the wall above her head without her noticing.
When she completes the bridge, the edges around the bridge glow, the bridge comes to life and then quickly slams down. We see a silhouette of an evil looking man in the opening. He quickly grabs Teddy and disappears into the light. Lucy is stunned but quickly shakes off the shock of the situation and runs into the opening after her teddy.
INT CASTLE ROOM - THE FIGHT WITH THE PAPER DOLLS
Lucy comes upon a strange area where all of the objects are cre- ated out of folder paper, some have artwork drawn with crayon on them. All of the sudden a paper doll stack jumps out from behind a paper pillar with a paper doll “statue” on it. It has a crayon drawn face with mean looking eyes and a scowl with a red colored shirt and blue pants created. The paper doll starts unfolding and then quickly unfolds completely surrounding Lucy. As they begin closing in on her, she busts out her crayon, grabs the one that is at the end of the chain and draws on his face, turning the scowl and mean eyes into a smile and cute eyes. The paper dolls swiftly fold back into one and then burst apart like con- fetti, each now being separate and loyal to their new friend who freed them from the evil spell. They follow her through a door- way.
INT CASTLE ROOM - MINION PLAYDOH ICE CREAM ROBOT MAKING FACTORY
A big, plastic playdoh ice cream machine sits in the center of a room encircled by several plastic archways. In the center of the machine sits what looks like a giant ice cream cone. Lucy walks up to ice cream cone, and as she gets near a robot leg pops out of the top. Then the second legs pops out followed by both ro- botic arms. The cone spins around revealing an upside down robot face! The ice cream playdoh robot springs up from his head and flies towards Lucy. Lucy surprised, covers her eyes in anticipa- tion of getting hit, when suddenly a paper doll man leaps be- tween them and stops the robot's attack. The paper doll man hits the ground encased in a block of ice. Lucy's paper doll army swarm the robot trying to save her. Lucy grabs the frozen doll and he melts in her hand instantly! She realizes the robot is programmed to capture intruders by playing freeze tag. Lucy sprints away from the robot while her army is slowing down the robot who is freezing them one by one. Lucy takes her paper doll man and hides behind a pillar. The robot is freezing all of the paper doll men and making his way towards where Lucy is hiding. Lucy quickly whispers something into the paper doll man she is holding, sets him down, and sends him on his way. Lucy leaps out of her hiding place at the ice cream robot. The robot leaps at her and they clash in mid air! A loud crash is heard and then darkness.
INT DR MANN’S LAB
In Dr. Mann's lab sits a shooting gallery carnival booth setup. Some balls of yarn and other random items are strewn about as well. Frozen Lucy stands on a pedestal by the booth, presented like the big prize for a big winner. While the frozen paper dolls are moving back and forth in a tiered shelf system for Dr. Mann to shoot at. Dr. Mann stands with his back to Lucy and is attending to taking apart teddy with his de-stitcher arm. The lone paper doll man that Lucy sent off sneaks by Dr. Mann and runs quickly to Lucy to tag and thereby unfreezing her. She mo- tions for him to unfreeze his pals as well. She begins to run at Dr. Mann and notices something about the back of his head. The bottom of tiny brown tail is flicking back and forth with happy glee. Now she realizes who/what Dr. Mann is. She pantomimes to the henchmen to grab the yarn and make a trip wire with it. When they are set, she sets the trap. She takes out her crayon and draws a fishing rod like toy that has feathers and bells and the end of a long string. The toy appears right in front of her.
Lucy casts out the feathers and bells from the fishing rod toy and jingles them for a few seconds. Dr. Mann turns around very quickly but instead of rage and anger, he is fixated on the feathers and starts pawing up in the air like a cat. He races towards her to get the toy but is upended by the trip wire that the
henchman setup. Because he is mostly metal, he falls and crashes
hard on his face, shattering his mask. Lucy goes up to him and rolls
him on his back.
Dr Mann's head has half his mask missing, showing kitty's face underneath. All of the anger is let out of Lucy’s face and she looks at Kitty lovingly and surprised. Kitty not showing any emotion, leaps out of his robotic shell towards Lucy but actu- ally clears her and lands on the table with teddy and saves the teddy just in time. She picks them up and hugs them close to her heart and then sets them down. She takes out her crayon and draws on the floor a picture of the three of them sitting at a tea party. Scene fades to white, and then we see them sitting at a real life tea party together.
Hi all! So I finally have a finished round of storyboards and a script that I am completely happy with, both of which I will share in this post. Also I am pleased to announce two new artists that will be helping out on the projects. One is a matte/background/concept painter and another is a 3D Character artist who does amazing work. I will hopefully post updates from them and their names and where you can find their work online soon. I am going to be updating my tumblr feed more often now that I have some more interest in the project AND things are starting to move again. Here are the updated boards, and I am just going to post the script in a separate post from this. All feedback is welcome!
Yesterday, we released on the app store a game for iPhone and iPad gamers called Smart Aliens. You can download it today on your iOS device for free. It’s a fun experience, with stunning animations. Here is a video that showcases the gaming experience:
We wanted to share with you…
Love this game!
I just wanted to say I still dream of Lucy :) I have been working on a video game for the adobe game jam for the past month so my short has been on hold but it will resume next month for sure! Updates to come soon!
These are great videos to see how production in animation (especially 2D animation) works. Some nice use of camera angles and exaggeration too. Great for inspiration!
So I was thinking about the scene with the Playdoh Ice Cream robot and I wanted to change how Lucy is introduced to it. I am thinking now that I want the robot to be on the ice cream maker, but it will just look like a freshly made ice cream cone. Lucy will A) think it’s real ice cream and not play doh at first and B) when she goes up to touch it with her minions behind her, the robot legs will pop out one after another and then he will spring into action from his head to his feet (because he will actually be upside down). This will make it into the official script on TheroyAnimation.com and this site soon.