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.
We wanted the characters to be easy enough to be copied by everyone in the group, so I drew them in a Disney-esque style (the bottom two being the final designs) and everyone managed to copy them alright.
We wanted the characters to have some form of colour and not be plain white, so we actually put some effort into the different tones that represent colour on the characters.
As the story ended up being quite dark, we made the character appear less cutesy and a bit more unsettling.
Myself, Aimee and Sorcha went to Starbucks, ripped up loads of bits of paper, wrote the most random crap on each piece, then at random picked up three and made a story out of them.
My favourite combinations include:
– Planet Ebola
– A midget tree party
– A big tree strangling a little tree
– a shapeshifting eel
– evil rabbits
– millions of rabid shrimp
– a little red lizard
– “hardly any animals were left.”
– “there was no more colour because-”
but in the end we went with
– “I swear to god if you don’t stop singing-”
– squealing worms