Narrative Idea : Suitcase Left Behind.

Posted by Sam Hayes On Thursday, June 17, 2010
The idea I have for a short animation is inspired by the soundscape. The introduction is quite grande, with what sounds like a royal or prestigious type theme. This is where I could not get the image of an old Steam Train out of my head. It seems to really match the music, and this is the direction I'm going to pursue. I want to concentrate on two things this project; firstly the enviroment, as I think in my last project I didn't take enough care in the surroundings. Secondly, I want to concentrate on character animation, not a human, but an inanimate object which comes to life. This is where my narrative is currently at:

The whole animation takes place inside and on the platform of an old (1930's - 1950's) British Railway Station. The animation begins with a steam train pulling in to the station, it is a classic train (Flying Scotsman-type) and it halts at the stop. Whilst the train pulls in, we begin to see a group of baggage being pulled along on a wheeled holder. The holder's wheel jolts and a small suitcase falls off, onto the floor inside the waiting room of the station.

The rest of the baggage continues towards the train on the platform. At this moment, the suitcase comes to life in the waiting room as it realises that it is 'lost' and has been separated from the rest. The animation from here is the train beginning to move off of the platform, with the suitcase struggling to board it, eventually suceeding (Perhaps climbing up the line-keeper's building and diving onto the roof?) I want the animation to match the pace of the train, as the train gains speed, the suitcase gets more frantic trying to board.

I have a lot of research which I've been doing over the last week, which I will post up now. I've also completed two quick painted sketches with my first imaginings.

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