I'm not sure if it's that I'm really enjoying this film, or if it's that I have completely lost my mind, but I've been playing about with stuffed toys. I have never laughed so much while I'm working. Jim Henson would turn in his grave if he saw this nonsense.
What did you do today? Oh, I made a paper mache flying saucer.
I really wanted this to look as dodgy as possible. I wanted the editing and compositing to look extremely suspect, I wanted the string to be left on the spaceship, the lot. Too far or not far enough? Always hard to tell...
"wonder what a panda tastes like? ....Go down to the local shop, get some tinned panda chilli."
Since what is being said in this film is so dreadful, I wanted to use really coarse animation to highlight the stupidity and contribute to the irony of the film. I wanted the imagery to feel like absolutely no care had gone into it, to tie in with the flippant comments made by the narrator.
I hope that by mixing styles of animation, the film will seem more daft. As I was shooting the stop motion, I tried to make it as dodgy as possible. I want this clip to look like the world's worst advert.
I decided it was time to turn my scribbles into an actual script.
I had thought that it would be quite funny if at the end, it went to live action, and it was revealed that the guy having the rant was a guy in a rhino suit collecting for 'save the rhinos', and that he was in the pub having a beer on his lunch break. Unfortunately this had to be cut, because as I went through the script, it became apparent that it just didn't fit. Shame though.
Feels good to have a solid script now though, things may still change as I animate, but at least I have a good outline.
I wanted this film to feel handmade. So I made all the backgrounds from paper and indian ink, and the puppet from bandage and tissue paper, later rigged with Photoshop and animated in After Effects. I want the style of the animation to feel a bit low budget and crappy, inspired a lot by South Park. In fact I want the whole film to look like its a bit shit. I'm slowly realising that that is actually quite a difficult thing to pull off.
originally I was going to include some other colours in the colour palette, but I have since decided that I will stick to only pink. I think the simplicity is an improvement.
I've decided this has got to be my next film. It's just too funny to pass up. So, my intention is to have the rant re-recorded, and animate to it all the nonsense arguments put forward. I'm sticking with the pink. I think black, white and pink will be visually strong, and also like the idea of subverting the way in which pandas are regarded as "cutesy".