Monday, 30 April 2012

Scene 1 Research

As my animation is like a mix between an interview and a documentary (with less narration) so i realise that the beginning scene of this is crucial to how the tone of the rest of the animation plays out.

Originally, it was just going to be a plain conversing between the "interviewer" and the carrot. I had even scripted it:
Carrot: "Is it on??"
Interviewer: "We'll just jump straight in then if you don't mind. So tell us when your life began for you."
...Or something to that effect. And i've decided that it's boring, uninteresting and far too easy.

The animation is like a film of answers with the questions edited out so it is both an interview and a documentary... i guess.

I'm finding it hard to think of an alternative way to beginning the animation. So i thought it would make sense to research on some documentaries/interviews and have a look at how they start and introduce the programme and get some inspiration from that:

- Programme starts with a direct question to the person in question to introduce the actual topic of the programme.
- Offers statistics of the topic.
- Humour and a small explanation of what the topic means.

- Starts with a humorous yet informative scenario that happened within the documentary- getting straight to the point of the topic.
- States his location, which is a place highly populated with the people in question.
- Further explanation of what the topic actually is.

- Begins with a very cheesy but humorous title sequence for the series (little screens and snapshots of who he's previously interviewed)
- Quite a similar beginning to mine, in the fact that you've got the person in a chair and just having like an off-centre close shot of the character.
- Gives a brief background story on the successes of the person, and why you may know them.
- All the points above so far are very possible assets i could put in my animation. The cheesy title sequence would definitely give it a funny documentary series aesthetic and an introductory story of why the person interviewed is interesting is also effective in explaining what the purpose of the animation is.
- Unlike my audio so far, you can also hear the interviewer, even when the interviewee is talking e.g. laughing at jokes, which definitely adds a different dynamic and gives an obvious natural conversing feel. 
- Has some shots when the camera changes angle every-so-often so that the shot doesn't stay static. Good idea that i should take note of.
- Audio even includes when the people talking stumble or have "umms" or "errs" which makes it even more natural and more like a documentary- like you're not missing anything. I wish I added more of this into mine... Hopefully there's still time.
- Has shots of the interviewer when he asks questions... Maybe i should introduce another character as my interviewer??

- I chose this documentary to watch because it seemed to be guaranteed humour and rudeness which is what mine is pretty much about too.
- Starts with an explanation as to why the topic is occurring.
- Has small, funny clips of examples of the topic.
- Introduces the character, has her speaking to the camera about her experience so far as well as background narration to give more further information.

- Full background narration to get straight to the point of the topic
- Professional quotes and comments to back up the narrative script
- A touching little comment from the main person to gain sympathy from the audience. Not really something that I can apply to my animation. 
- As it's a more serious documentary, the tone of the full background narration would be a bit too intense for the mood of my work.

- Again, a more serious documentary to watch so probably not that relevant- until I noticed how they introduced the people they were making the film about. When introducing the people, they paused the film when it showed them, and text appeared at the bottom saying their name, weight and height (because it's about small people). I think this is interesting to do as usually this kind of introductory text is saved for maybe older films or sitcoms in the title sequence... but i quite liked it. If i added this to my animation when introducing the main character, it could add a humorous streak, and the weight and the height would give the audience a real life statistic to imagine the character to- so it would be more like a documentary.
- In one particular part, all the camera crew shake hands and introduce themselves to the person. This adds an element of fame to the character.
- Introduces their parents! That could be interesting... obviously I would have to make a whole new scene but I never thought of having his parents... Considering my character's a vegetable..
- Also has random shots of things in the city that the crew is in to give atmosphere and gives the narrator time to talk and the viewers can concentrate on what they're saying. This may be a good thing to add if i end up having a narrator too, a random blender or a fork on the counter.

After doing this amount of research, I have found that not only have I got some kind of idea of how the animation could start, I also have ideas of things that I could add to enhance the realism of the "documentary" aspect of my animation, including:

- Adding random atmospheric shots.
- Having a narrator or an interviewer.
- Having a cheesy title sequence as if like a talk show.
- Introducing the character with a freeze frame and some info text about them.
- A brief background story on why the character's interesting to follow.
- Alternating camera angles during the interviewing scenes.
- Having audio of actual conversing between character and interviewer.
- A scene introducing his parents?!

All i have to do now is pick and choose... Ugh...

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