Thursday, July 30, 2009

4th Year Film

I figure its about time I updated this blog o' mine and what better way to do that then with my concept for my 4th year film. I've had 20 something ideas over the past few years including a few in just the past couple months (actually, I had another one today too), and I'm finding that sticking to one is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But I've gotta settle, so I'm pretty sure this is the one I'm going to do:

The Elves, right, they're fed up. They've spent decades enslaved in Santa's sweatshop making toys for greedy little children, while Santa goes out and gets all the credit, all the glory, not to mention all the milk and cookies. So they've had it. A few elf revolutionaries stand up to their evil oppressor and fight to free their race once and for all. But Santa isn't going to take that sitting down.

It's basically an action movie with a familiarly lighthearted setting, but told with a serious overtone. Sweet, sweet contrast. No dialog, it will be set to an awesome rock version of a classic Christmas melody (not unlike the work of Trans Siberian Orchestra), and will probably have three main characters, the Leader (who may be female, to keep it interesting), the tech expert (a dork of course), and a crazy warrior/fighter elf guy. And Santa is going to be a beast. Think the incredible Hulk with a beard.

I don't really have much yet, I've been extremely lazy this summer, aside from animating all day at co-op. But I hope to have at least one first pass on a leica reel before school starts. I think I may also create a new blog to chronicle the process of making this thing, so as not to weigh this one down with tons of rough ideas and crappy leica reels. I'll keep you posted.

Here's a quick poster thingy I threw together. As you can tell, I put a lot of effort into the background :P


Nathan Dickey said...

I kinda like the alter ego type possibility here, Instead of a kind hearted pudgy old man he is a ripped mean ball of steroids..on legs-

I wonder if there can be some tie-in at the end, perhaps this was way before christmas as we know it existed. Santa is Fit (no milk and cookies--> unless that is his one and only weakness!) but his methods are cruel and entirely for personal gain- when the elves finally strike back he turns into the santa we know today, indulging on milk and cookies and spreading joy/presents all over.

Leisha-Marie said...

I gotta say -- sticking to a film idea is probably the hardest decision in this whole process. But I have to say, once that hurdles leapt over - it's actually quite easy from there. Writing is still quite tasking, but I think you've got something going there.

I agree with what Nathan said, the possibility for the alter ego is actually really great.

Adam Pockaj said...

Neat ideas, the whole prequel to the Santa we know thing. I dunno, I guess I'll have to experiment with options. The plan is to have one preliminary leica reel done before school starts. time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking....