If you guys and gals don’t mind, I’ll like to keep a running commentary on the project that I’m going to be embarking on. I’ve had a burst of being creative and it looks like I’ve found something that I’m passionate about. It’s weird as I’ve never really be arty before although I did like copying pictures when I was younger (I remember drawing Lion - O, Snarf among others).
Anyway back to the reason for this post.
My project that I have in the beginning stages is an animated short that I want to produce for my son, I want him to be able to watch it and enjoy it :). The working title so far is ‘The adventures of Logan Starblazer’. For now, it’ll have to do.
The premise is that it is about a boy and his friends in space.
My initial vibe about the setting is that he’s just a normal kid who lives on the station and plays with his friends who are about the same age as him. However, there isn’t that much to do on the station for kids that age (except when their parents take them places) so they get up to mischief and fun.
So these adventures are all the imagination of the kids, it almost has a Muppet baby vibe about it (e.g. When a real parent looks in on Logan, he’s sitting in a box with a bowl on his head surrounded by the other kids/stuff animals. However, in the ‘adventure world/imagination of the kid’, he’s in the latest star fighter talking to his anthropomorphic friends who are helping him defeat the latest baddie of the week/helping him to solve a problem.
A space station that is shared with other families and personnel who work and live there. It is a self contained ‘city’ where people go to and fro (almost like a B5/DS9 situation) or I was thinking that it’s a really boring space station environment - we’ve only just go to the stage where living in space is a viable idea. Think of a situation of living in a town that’s far from the city where the only entertainment is the one screen cinema and the skuzzy bar. (Maybe he’s an earth born who has moved to the boring space station).
Now his friends are all anthropomorphic characters (think Bucky O’Hare, Thundercats) who accompany him on his adventures. He also has several human friends who live on the space station and are in the same situation as he is in.
So the initial characters that I have in mind are:
[li]Logan Starblazer - A kid that is between the age of 2-4 who has wild adventures in space with his friends. He has his own star fighter.
[/li][li]Average smarts, friendly with people but has a habit of getting into trouble.
[li]Stuff Animal #1 - My real life son has a teddy called ‘Woffie’ who is actually a dog with really long ears, so I going to base the drawings on them. So this character is going to be a dog that is going to be the techie character that makes/keeps his tech all in working order. He knows his stuff, loves to read books and always helps out with advice for our character.
[li]Stuff Animal #2 - RL Stuffed animal is a rabbit, this character is going to be a female, and is the solider type of the group, likes to work out, eat healthy and is pretty hot when it comes to flying the star ships. Can be hot-headed at times - Logan has to calm her down at times. Likes art. An idea is for a background story for her is that she fought in the Rabbit/Weasel war.
[li]Stuff Animal #3 - RL animal (Big stuffed teddy bear aka Mr. Worf) - This is going to be the Beckman/Charlie/Mr DOS (if you watch Special Agent OSO) character of the group - Has a good sense of humour and gives them their missions. Initial character reference is someone like Brian Blessed.
Becky Stargazer - Female character, who is of the same age, has strict parents who don’t allow her to do much. Loves to hang around Logan as he’s fun. Parents are the heads of the station.
I’m kind of stuck to how to go with the star fighters, my initial thoughts were as follows:
[li]Space above and beyond model - Use something like a Harrier Jump jet but make them more space like.
[li]Animal based craft - Make the ships look like mythical creatures, phoenix/dragons, etc.
That’s as far as I got.
Personal Mode of transportation
My son loves his skuttlebug so I’m going to combine the general design of that with hover jets so it’s more bike like (in my head, it’s a combination of a skuttlebug bike/where they lean forward (almost Tron like).
That’s as far as I’ve got with ideas so as I design more, I’ll post here.
In terms of look, not to sure whether to go anime style or just more cartoony (it might just be what ever I can do giving my limitations)
Anyway, hope you join me on my journey and make suggestions, point out any flaws, advice or critique. It’ll be welcome. Questions and comments are always welcomed. Let’s make this a reality.