I completed the first 22 seconds completely by myself. It was my assigned sequence and apparently the strongest (gets hit with a sledgehammer for blowing own trumpet). The third and final sequence (everything from the door opening to the end) was a bit of a disaster. No-one had edited together the final sequence and many individual drawings had not been completed.
While the first sequence had been thoroughly planned, the third was entirely improvised, and was probably why it was weaker.
This scene inspired me to make a swooping/throwing transition in the animatic (when the Bee gets flung out of his cell in the prison)
We wanted to keep the singing worms in the video, so we searched for various sad/sobering songs that they could sing as the Bee is being lead through the prison to his death.
I can’t find the scene anywhere but the very opening scene of “The Blues Brothers” (1980) where the guards and bringing Jake through the corridors of the prison was a huge inspiration for our animatic.
The story takes place within a prison on Exsecula. The Bee, who is our protagonist, is a convict and is sent to be executed by the Hangman, who is a giant tree.
This is a considerable leap from “I stg if you don’t stop singing” and “squealing worms”, but there was no way we were extending that to a 90 second animated without it getting annoying. Instead, we played our word game again and picked out the world “prison” and worked from there.
We thought the prison should look a little like this: cylindrical and bordered with roots.
finished sketch of a background. The Prison corridor.