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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 19 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 7, 2009

So, I wrenched the poor little bee’s true love right out from under his funny-looking nose last time…

I know, I’m a bad man.

Animation will do that to you.

🙂

Unfortunately, I won’t be showing any more storyboards just yet. Gotta keep my spoiler ending to myself, you know.

Back to some doodles I made right around when I was doing the storyboard.

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Somewhere during the whole storyboard process I went, huh… what DOES a flower look like from the back? Hadn’t really thought about it during many of my earlier sketches working

out how the flower is going to look.

So, I doodled this.

Most flowers have the weird spikey stuff on the back, like the top middle one I think. But the world I’m designing for this film is much rounder, so I might go for more like the bottom

one.

I also figured I’d post this just cuz, well, you guys never get to see me doing re-oh-listical looking drawings.

I’m not bad, eh?

Okay, here’s another one:

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So, this one was important because I’ve never really drawn a view this wide of everything as it’ll be designed.

That and I wanted to explore a few more ‘hill pattern’ ideas.

I might ditch the hearts and stars (I don’t want to get all ‘Lucky Charms’ on ya with the designs). But I like the rest- especially the

spirals and the wiggly lines. The triangles and circles are a bit “80’s shoulder pad woman’s work suit” but I think they’ll work with the right

colors.

I also like how solid the car looks here- that’s a pretty tough car to draw. I keep drawing it over and over just to burn it into my head.

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 18 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 6, 2009

It was all love, all the time for the last post…

Well, get over it, ya wimps- here’s come the rough times!

(pull out the Kleenex)

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I know, I’m so cruel to my poor little animated minions, aren’t I?

So, he’s all singing happy with his eyes shut and his girlie’s lovin’ him and fluttering her eyelashes and then BAM!

He hears her squeak and turns to see the window slam shut and she’s gone!

Eeep!

Oh yeah, and there’ll be that twangy clunking noise that you hear when a guitar hits the floor suddenly too.

This has been fun so far and a good work-out, creatively speaking, putting the little guy through all of his paces emotionally.

Did I mention there won’t be any words in this piece? So I’m trying to tell it all with pantomime and expressions and action.

Wish me luck!

More parts to this tale as I work them out. I think my next step will be timing out the storyboards to some rough sound and music.

Ciao!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 17 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 5, 2009

Wooing in full force last time!

Well, put on the oven mitts today- it’s gonna get steamy!

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I might have just gone from ‘G’ to ‘PG’ here, folks.

I decided to do the kiss as a nuzzle mostly because it’s funnier, really. I think of the bee as a dog sometimes, but here I’m modeling him more on an elephant. That’s usually how I handle all

the snout-related issues for this.

So then he’s all enamored in the second shot, bobbing back and forth and wagging his stinger (see, he is part dog!)

Um, and then he disappears. Hey, what’s up with that?

And she has to watch him turn into a little speck as he goes back into his hive.

I resisted the urge to show her with the hands on the hips in the “Mmmhmm” pose right after that.

Here’s my second to the last storyboard!

Okay, there’s 25 more pages, really. But I don’t want to give away TOO much of the story just yet.

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Aww, perty little flower got her heart all broke!

That first shot will be pretty long, with maybe some sad strings music. I know- wipe the tears folks, wipe the tears…

But wait, he’s back and he brought his… ukelele?

Yup.

I figured, c’mon he’s all in lurv– how can he resist?

That and I thought it’d be funny for him to sing ‘Daisy’ to his girlfriend the daisy. Nyuk nyuk.

I figured there’d have to be some courtship of some sort, right?

The song will go on for a few bars… and then…?

See ya next time!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 16 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 4, 2009

We had some wooin’ here in our last board…

And that’ll continue some today!

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I told you that flower was coy, didn’t I?

So, she turns around all shy-like and our little buddy here decides it’s time to make his move.

Naturally, that means him licking his hands to fix his ‘hair’ (okay, they’re antennaes but I guess when you’re a bee you work with what you got!).

I like the squeaky balloon sound effect idea for when he’s fixing his ‘do- which of course pops right back up again.

I like how proud he is in that last frame too. He’s all spiffed up and ready to go!

On a side note, when I cut a foot or so off my hair last winter, I became reacquainted with the nasty cowlick I have on top of my head. I think that’s part of the inspiration here.

Then he flies up to say hi, and here’s what happens next:

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Okay, so I took out that last ‘Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’ face because it was just a bit cliched and kind of weird.

Anyway, so he flies up all swoon-y and gives her a big ol’ sniff (isn’t that how everyone surveys a girl when they first meet her?)

Also, that second shot is inspired a bit by how my dog comes up and sits in the front seat when he’s riding in the car.

Sort of puts his feet over the arm rest and gives that big moochy look that you just can’t resist.

What happens next, you say? Well… you’ll have to check back tomorrow to see!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 15 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 3, 2009

So, I bonked the bee on the head real nice last time…

And gave him just a glimpse of his darlin’ the flower.

Now- on to the meeting!

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This is  one of my favorite scenes of the film!

It’s basically just cutting back and forth from a slow zoom into the flower to closer and closer views of the bumblebee as he gets more and more excited to see her.

I was thinking of old skool film technique where they just build up the reveal of the babe slowly- or even those stupid teen comedies where the girl has the wind machine

blowing her hair and the guys are just melting as she walks by on the beach.

Essentially- she’s a flower babe! How can he resist?

But I also wanted it to be like he’s a little kid getting a new toy for Christmas, too. A bit more of an innocent thrill as well.

I watch a whole lot of Spongebob- I think  that will explain a great deal.

I like his little wings twitching as he gets more excited, and especially how he holds his hands in that last frame.

Next board:

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Okay, so she doesn’t really have hair…

I just wanted it to be like she’s turning around and her petals get in the way and she flips them a bit. Like she’s a babe without even trying.

And I really love the ‘duh’ face he has when he sees her for the first time.  That’s how we men really look when we see a girlie we like.

Just ask your woman how you looked when you first met her- she’ll tell you.

My favorite shot of this page, though, is the last one where they just look at each other from the side for a little bit. It has sort of that seeing a girl somewhere funny like the

bus stop bench or something and sharing a nervous smile across the street kind of feel.

Next time- more romancin’!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 14 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 31, 2009

Onward, to more storyboards!

(like I showed ya here…)

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Did I mention that the poor li’l bee gets smacked around a whole lot in this film?

This is just one of many times he flies into things.  But don’t worry- he’s just a cartoon. He doesn’t actually get hurt.

Most of this is good- although I think the windowsill is a bit low. I might have to have him fly up a bit after he leaves his flowery friends.

Oh yeah, and I think when I do the sound for this film the bee will be portrayed with a kazoo. So all that ‘happy mumbling’ will be with that.

Here’s another board:

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This one is a bit confusing- I changed my mind a few times here and there, as you can see.

Start in the upper left, than go straight down, then across to the middle, then up to the upper right then down.

I scratched the middle frame on the top after I drew the one next to it, so things  got all messed up.

So in his dazed state we cut to him lying on his back. I’m still debating if he should have little bumblebees or little flowers orbiting around his head when he’s dazed, but that’s splitting hairs

at this point…

I may even show him on his back (lower left) THEN go to the upper right and THEN to that little one-two face in the middle on the bottom, too. I’ll play with it when I do a rough video version of this shortly.

Basically, he sees the flower on the windowsill and does a ‘huh?’ either before or after it lying on his back.

Then he pops up really quick and looks abit and blinks while he tries to figure out what he’s looking at.

Next time- flowery romance!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 13 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 30, 2009

So, I unveiled the first page of storyboards here…

I know, I know… you’re all still bristling with excitement from getting to see them.

But, cruel man that I am, I’m subjecting you to EVEN MORE before you’ve gotten over the thrill of seeing the first page! Muhahaha!

Page Two:

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Look! I made a huge change to the story!

See all those scribbles? Stuff I threw out!

Originally, my idea was that the flower he meets later in the story is the best-smelling flower EVER. Him being a bee, I figured that would be why he likes her so much.

So, he’d meet these first few flowers and, of course, they’d smell nice but just not good enough. He’s a picky guy, you know.

But then I thought, hmm, that might be confusing to the kiddies. And this is supposed to be a very ‘upbeat’ story so I wanted to leave that seemingly negative response out.

So I just made him a happy friendly guy who likes to go around saying hello to all the flowers and they all really like him and stuff.

Sort of setting up that he likes his women to smell nice.

🙂

So he meets a flower and gives her a good sniff and then bobs back and forth happily before zipping off,  leaving her all giggly to go say hello to some more flowers along the way.

I think it’s funny that the flowers are all so coy, sort of a funny 50’s “Leave it to Beaver” girlie-girl throwback.

I gave the guy who lives in the house a 50’s car, so maybe it’s some sort of idyllic anachronistic thing going on here. The bee is supposed to be kind of a kid, too. So maybe it’s just

shy young’uns.

These first few shots are my view of how a bee’s day goes, I guess. Fly around, go sniff your favorite flowers, etc.

What do you think so far?

Tomorrow- page 3!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 12 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 29, 2009

You will very shortly see why I’ve titled these posts “…part X of a bazillion”

🙂

I just scanned the first 11 pages of  35 pages worth of storyboards for this film!!

(you don’t get to the see the ending, cuz it’s a sur-prise!)

Here’s my previous post about this film…

Now here’s the first page of storyboards!

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So here’s where our story begins.

A little house by the road in the hills next to a tree with a little beehive hanging on it which is where the bee lives.

I wanted to focus on showing the setting here because- due to the bee’s scale- we really won’t see the house again for a few more minutes.

He’s so tiny, even the wide shots have to be really close to him! So when we’re focusing later on him and his darlin’ the flower, we don’t really see the house (even though they’re right

on the windowsill of it! Even some of the ‘wide scenes’ later on, I have to stay really close to him or he’s just a speck!

That, and this is a good spot to put on some ‘country’ sounds of birds tweeting and pleasant music, etc.

As soon as we start following the bee, however, we switch to sort of ‘bouncy’ music as he happily

bops along and says ‘Hi’ to all of his friends in the fields.

Until this, I’ve had the whole story in my brain. And my brain was getting full!!

I worked out a bit of the production pipeline a while back, so I figured it’d be a good time to lay-out the story and get a sense of what I’m in for.

Turns out there’s about 200 or so shots to this film (!) Sounds like a lot, right?

It’ll only be somewhere shy of 10 minutes in my guesstimation. But still, I can only draw maybe half a minute’s worth in a good day (maybe more- depends on how much is happening in a shot).

That’s just the actual drawing- I have to take a while to think out each  shot, set-up the background, figure out the music and sound effects and color it all, too.

So this’ll take a while. But it’ll be worth it!

On a side note, this is the most organized of the storyboard pages you’ll see. I always find that, as I go along, they get crazier and looser  with wacky notes all over and I go from 8 panels per page down to 6 as I get more excited about the story.

Next time, page 2!

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 11 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 23, 2009

We had a few squiggles here…

and some actual animation here!

Now, more squiggles!

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I showed a little ‘road plan’ last time- here’s more of that. I want it all to be kind of Seussical if you will. All windy and twisty, but fun.

Very inspired by, of all things, a trip I took to Pittsburgh which is all hills and tunnels and stuff built on cliffs with roads going way up and in between for no

particular reason.

Here’ some chasing bee drawings:

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I wanted to work a bit on how he’ll look from the front, all determined but not mad necessarily. Somebody’s got his girl, you know!

That and his little ‘snoot’ on the end of his nose needs special attention so he doesn’t look like an elephant or an ant-eater. I think all three of these doodles work.

Here’s some more chase drawings:

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I wanted to work out a bit of how he’ll look from the side, more near the start of the chase, with that stretched-out because he’s flying as

fast as he ever has sort of look. And of course, the happy-go-lucky guy just bopping along in his car completely unaware of the fact

that he’s shattered some little bee’s love life!

Last one!

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Poor little bee! I put him through the emotional wringer in this film! Quick plot summary- the guy takes his little flower girlfriend off the windowsill where the bee was serenading her. He’s too busy

singing to notice she’s gone until he hears the window slam shut!

So he cries his little bee eyes out! And then suddenly snaps his head up when he hears the guy taking her to the car.

And the chase is on!

I just wanted to work out the angle on this shot.

I’ll be storyboarding the whole thing, shortly. Like I said, the method I’ll be animating this with affects how I’ll frame some of the shots so I wanted to work that out some.

Until next time…

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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 10 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 22, 2009

Back on the animation train!

Woo-woo!

Last time… some animation!!

Today, some more squiggles:

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I’m trying to work out some of the action for this one scene where the bumblebee chases the car up a hill, then down, then into a tunnel

(where a truck comes out!) You can see the little bee in the top picture.

Also, just some general sense of how the road goes from one hill to another, in the bottom of that drawing.

Here’s going down the hill:

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I think that little boat to the right is inspired by this Curious George story I read as a kid where he’s supposed to deliver newspapers, but makes boats out of them and floats them down the river

instead! I really do want the boats to look pretty toy-like for this film.

I’m trying to get a feel for how all the details are going to be handled in this drawing, too. Angles of the water from the top of a hill, how much light we’ll see in the tunnel and so on.

Here’s a little ‘thumbnail’ storyboard of this action sequence. Since I’m doing this hand-drawn, I wanted to work out how I’m going to cut from this first shot (going up) to the second shot going down without a seamless camera move. Although maybe I’ll animate the move with drawings of the background, who knows?

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So, the bee chases but lags a bit behind entering the tunnel. Just long enough, apparently, for the car to exit the other side and

a big ol’ truck to come out this side!

I’m thinking maybe the bee will do that little loop-de-loop  I’ve drawn (but maybe towards the left instead of the right)

and go under the bridge to come face to face with that boat going by before he loops around the hill to continue the chase.

I want the bee to be very dizzy and disoriented by the end of this whole thing. He’s supposed to be really exasperated and broken at the end so he can have

a happy ending afterwards (no spoilers, though!)

Until next time…

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