The Bandit, The Crab and The Satchel

So I've been working on a short animated film off and on for awhile now, and I thought I might share some of the early work I did over the past couple months.

This is the main character, who I've simply been calling "The Bandit". I do want to come up with a name for her, or a more elaborate bandit name, because at one point she's supposed to be boasting about herself a little. I've also re-worked her outfit a little since most people assumed she was a boy. I wanted Tomboy, sure, but I didn't want her to be so ambiguous that people would assume she was a boy. Especially since she kisses the other boy, I didn't want any Brockback Mountain comparisons.

This is the antagonist/love interest character. The idea for him is that if the Bandit is athletic and tall, then he was going to be short and un-athletic. He's the son of the local sheriff and is always trying to prove himself to his father. He makes up for his lack of athleticism with his intellect. Underneath his oversized hat will be an assortment of gadgets and weapons that he can use to try and capture his classmate, the aforementioned Bandit.

Here are some storyboard pages I did. I've re-worked some of the connecting shots that didn't work... unfortunately I haven't put them in these examples. BUT! As soon as I have a properly timed animatic, with at least the sound effects added, I will post that on my Deviant Art site... or youtube... or something.

And hey, look at that... some early renders of the CG models. I still need to finish the boys hat, some details (like buttons, his wristwatch and such) and then I'm going to get it textured. I have a friend from work who has offered to help me with that.

And one last model. I need to fix the hat some more. The shape is off a little, and I had to make it a little smaller than the T-Pose, since it covered her face from almost every angle. She needs a lot more detail work than the boy does. And you can see that I've added a skirt sort of thing to her so that way, hopefully people will pick up on her girl-ness.

So since I'm showing this stuff off I might as well get this out here. Since I'm working on this as a portfolio piece, I'm looking for people who are ALSO looking to work on some projects for their portfolio.
For the early stuff, I need help with rigging the characters. Granted I do still need to get them textured, I already have someone looking to add to their portfolio by texturing them.
A big thing; I need voice actors for both the boy and the girl. I'm also hoping for natural sounding voices and none of the usual forced "kid voices" you get with some cartoons.
And lastly, once I get everything ready, I'd love to work with character animators. The piece is already about 3 minutes, and even if I were to animate half of the scenes myself, I'd love to have help from others.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please let them know.


Blogger CA3 said...

Looks like you've got a phenomenal project ahead of you. Being as I'm all the way on the east coast, I doubt I could offer you much assistance. If you're looking for help, try a posting on a facebook group for animators and voice actors, or an open call on craigslist. Best of luck to you on this project.

January 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Will R. said...

I had not thought of checking facebook groups, but once I have things along a little more, I think I just might do that.
As for offering your services, I really don't mind working with people over the internet. It's not like I would expect to be working in the same room with anyone willing to help.

January 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger CA3 said...

I'm honestly flattered by such an offer to work with you on a project. It's something I know I'd like to get into, but it's also something I'd have to consider at a time when I'm more confident that my skills are par with those of an animation student. Being as I'm studying fine art and graphic design at a less intensive pacing than I expect you're working at now, I don[t think I'd be much use, but in a few years, who knows.

Other then that, keep this blog going. Encourage folks to watch it, and leave you useful feedback. And again, bst of luck to you on this upcoming project of yours and the ones to come.

February 7, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger n3pla2000 said...

I saw your comments about the female bandit character, and the need for a name. A thought immediately flashed into my mind, bandito is the masculine word for bandit in Spanish, so why not "bandita"? This feminizes the word, such as amigo and amiga. But then I thought, Nah! not quite right. Then I thought about the old "Frito Bandito" commercials, and thought Frita, only that might be too close to the trade mark... So drop the "F" and you have "Rita Bandita"! Just a suggestion. Oh! If you do use the name, I don't need the credit (or cash) for it! :)

April 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

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