Sunday, June 29, 2008

The First Post!!!

Welcome to the first post of my Sr Thesis Blog! You'll have to forgive me as I'm rather unaccustomed to the grand tradition of blogging; nevertheless Sheila suggested that we start one to organize our thoughts and document our progress, so I figured I'd give it a go. I guess by the end we should all be able to see an evolution of our film from beginning to end of our production?

My film is called "Duck Boy," and it tells the story of a (questionably) human boy who hatches from a duck egg and grows up in a family of ducks. Like most of the things I do, this film started in an extremely stupid fashion. One day, several months ago I drew a sketch of a little boy hatching from an egg. The image was so charmingly absurd to me, and after laughing my ass off for five minutes I decided to make a film about it. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Initially the story was one of independence and fitting in, but has since evolved into more a story about the concept and strength of family: a bond so strong that it defies and even crosses species lines. I also had ideas about the contrast between human versus animal, difference and sameness.

A lot of people had problems with the fact that duck boy's origins are ambiguous and the fact that pretty much everything else in the story is fairly realistic except for the whole boy from an egg thing. These things never really bothered me. I kind of just accepted them as part of the diegesis of the film. Maybe if I think of something concerning those issues I can put it in the story.

Anyway, I think that's enough for introductions for now. I've never done this whole blogging thing and I'm not really sure how to wrap this up. Keep an eye out for future posts. I'll put up some of the initial character art and story boards, and eventually style boards and environment designs (which I still need to work out).

Cheers for now!!!

1 comment:

sheila said...

Hi Bryan-

At this point I don't have a problem with Duck Boy's origins- I think we can just accept it.

I look forward to seeing some visuals!