The end is near!!

It was brought to our attention this week that the narrative could offend people, which was never our attention to do so! So it was back to the drawing board figure out our storyline!

We came up with a lot of idea’s based around the same idea of the giraffes such as the tale of a cow who wanted to become a giraffe, based around what the elephant keeper had told us at the zoo;

Giraffes are really just cows with long necks

But we eventually ended basing it around the idea of having the giraffes fighting over the leaf but nobody winning. I personally loved this idea because I thought we could have a lot of fun with the fight part. Looking into how giraffes actually do fight in real life we had the idea of one wrapping around and getting tangled or strangling the other. Still keeping in with our previous inspirations such as rollin safari, but also looking more in depth at character study.

Loving Melman at the moment, I think my group are all pretty much in agreement that the movements of the giraffes will be super quick almost panicky in contrast with real life when everything they do seems so laid back or in slow motion.

Kerry found this artist called Kate Moon! We all fell in love with her illustrations of giraffes and without much more thought one of our characters design soon fell in line with hers!

We want the whole animation to have a cartoony look but not too toon’y if that makes any sense!

So from this, here is our new and improved animatic Kerry created;

Along with all this we started looking into the title as now we had our narrative, the final cut down was between;

A Twist in the Neck


Pain in the neck

Gathering other groups opinion it seemed that Pain in the neck was the way forward. Looking into the title design we hit pinterest;

We were leaning more towards trible like or african typography.

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From this I done a very rough *cough design;


We also started to think of our set, our scene is mainly just two giraffes and a tree so we thought why do more? Lets keep it simple! Although in saying that I hope Jennie does insanely good background illustration!

I started looking at modelling the tree;

tree tree2 tree3 tree4

Trying to keep in a similar style to Kerry who at the time had already modelled one of the giraffes. But then again it was brought to our attention, why are to giraffes fighting over a leaf when there is loads?

So coming away from that and actually thinking logically about it we decided or a dying tree;

tree_dead1 tree_dead2 tree_dead3

Again trying to keep the same style going.

Tonight on top of all this I thought of giving modelling a giraffe a go! Following a horse typology on digital tutor’s I managed to get this far;

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Although as you can see I’m having problems already with typology, and trying to make it look like Kerry’s as you can see below;


yet also making it clear that it is a different character, therefore giving it different characteristics! I’m going to pass it along and see if anyone else from the team can take it and make it look the part!


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