Tuesday, 8 January 2008
What gives?? An update?? Shocking...
Yes, I am rubbish, but it's okay now because I'm making it up by putting another moodboard. Not just that either! Oh no, you will now read what's my animation is going to be about. It'll be boring written words with no pictures though at the moment. Next step is to blog the storyboard. One at a time, yes? Another thing, I'm not very good at writing but hopefully the synopsis below will make sense.
Bearded lady is a former circus freak who has settled down in a small town. She's aware that outside the circus world, no one will accept her as she is. So she shies away in her circus memorabilia filled home most of the time. Summer is her dreaded season. She would have to shave her beard and since the temperature is too hot, her beard will just grow quicker than usual. So she gave all that up and just let it be. An alternative way is to dye and wrap it around her neck as a scarf, but it was pretty strange to wear one during a hot summer's day. This of course has caught the attention of a bald newspaper seller. Even though they didn't actually have a conversation, she was happy that he spoke to her. She never had that with anyone in this town. That is one reason she chose to live there, people seem keep their business to themselves, but she then realised how lonely it feels. From that moment, the bearded lady took a special interest in the man. Every so often she would buy a newspaper, just so she can get a little attention from him. The newspapers she bought pile up at home and unread. Her disguise unveils as she sacrificed her appearance to rescue newspaper man with her beard.
Bald man is a very friendly and charming man, who'll greet anyone that passes by his newspaper stall. Most people would say he's the happiest person in town. One hot day, he noticed a woman wearing a scarf. She left him fascinated. The usual times when she will buy a newspaper, he will say hello but the lady returns the gesture with a bashful smile. Every opportunity he tries to talk to her, she hurries away. Until one winter's day, the lady forgot to take her paid newspaper. He saw this as an excuse and chance to catch up with her. As he ran after her, he slipped on the icy bridge and fell off the edge. However, he was rather lucky to hold on to a bit of the bridge. He was then rescued by the lady. He didn't realise what he was holding on to until he saw that it was the lady's beard!
It's summer, sun's out, ice cream van's out and the town's people are out wearing something as light as possible. A young boy out with his mother stood in front of a newspaper stand. The bald man that tends the stall, starts making a paper hat to amuse the child. As his mother called out for him, he notices another customer intensely reading the main headline about an incident at a circus. The peculiar thing about this customer is that she wears a scarf around her neck. Maybe she has cold neck? He thought. So he asked if she wasn't too hot. His voice startled her a bit as if no one has ever spoken to her. Nervously, she shook her head and hand him money to leave quickly. Leaving the bald man curious as to who the mysterious lady was.
Autumn came and bald man tries to catch the newspapers that was blown by the wind. Bearded lady appeared and handed a few papers she seem to have picked up to help him. Bald man thanked her, she smiled and left as usual. As he was about to call out, he stopped because she was a rather fast walker. She heads home to her comfort zone. Her house is the only one that has high hedges. That is to reassure her that no one will ever find out. She looked at her newly purchased newspaper and sighs. Another day of not saying a word to bald man. How pathetic she thinks. The rooms are decorated with circus related memorabilia of posters, banners, costumes and farewell gifts from her circus friends. Through the doorway of her bathroom, she washes her face and beard, leaving her sink with dried and fresh dye. As she does everyday, she stares at herself in the mirror while drying her long beard with the same sad expression.
(OK, not sure about the next scene that is set in winter)
A fairly large lady tells bald man to get well soon, bearded lady came by as usual. As she was about to pay, bald man shivers and gave a huge sneeze. Bearded lady pops her hat onto his head and hurries away. She walked away faster than usual because she felt out of character. He called out for her, “Lady! Lady!' for he has no idea what her name is. So many people were doing their Christmas shopping that day that they're all bashing into each other. Unfortunately, the slippery bridge and the amount of people with bags causes bald man to fall off the edge. Bearded lady saw this happened and ran to the edge to see if he's okay. Fortunately, he held on to a part of the bridge. The lady then unfolds her beard to rescue him. People were cheering but stopped when they realised that she has a beard. Bald man was out of breath and quite shock too. She didn't stay long and runs away as she has expected this is what's going to happen as the result of her action.
A headline is showing an exclusive interview with a heroic bearded woman. The headline is on a newspaper that is laying on the bald man's lap. He comfortably has his head on the bearded lady's shoulder, while her beard gently sits on top of his head. They're in a park where the cherry blossoms blooms in springtime.