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Pre Production Character Research Powerpoint

Pre Production Character Research Powerpoint

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I’ve conducted some more research into Characters, Environment and prop to help me with the next stage

of the project, Pre-Production. It will also help me visualise the conceptual design of my story. I’ve looked at strong influences that are shaping the core of my story and it’s characters

I’ve researched characters that are directly linked to my characters, I want to have a strong character driven story with equally strong back stories because every character on screen will be there for a reason and therefore must have a purposeful existence and a back story.

Alfredo Linguini is the human kitchen porter in the Pixar film Ratatouille. He is one of the main characters in the film and fills the role as a clumsy, physically inept character who has bigger dreams of becoming a chef. He is given a job in one of the most reputable restaurants in Paris by the current but devious head chef and owner Skinner. Linguini’s role as kitchen garbage boy grants him limited access to the kitchen but enough to see him calamitously behave in it. Linguini is a simple living, gentle character with little self belief. He doubts his credibility but dreams to find success. Linguini goes through a journey of self discovery and accepts that anything can happen if you put your mind to it.


Caring Tall Skinny

Little common sense


Harmless Inept Likeable Good natured

Klaus is a supporting character in Seth MacFarlane's American Dad. Originally Klaus was an Olympic medal winning human until his brainwaves were swapped with a gold fish by the CIA to prevent him from winning more medals. The CIA then ordered one of its agents (Main character Stan Smith) to let the fish take refuge in his home to pose as a pet to hide the illegal actions they performed on Klaus as a human. This was done against his will and is visibly angry over his fate, where he is frequently frustrated or down beat about life. Klaus seems to have psychologically adapted to his new body form and has developed a way to survive as long as a part of his body is submerged in liquid. His unbalanced and unpredictable personality gives the impression that he is now completely insane as he is prone to bouts of maniacal laughter. In the future, Klaus does unexplainably return to human form and goes on to have a wife, child and grandchild. Klaus is of German descent and the negative stereotype is regularly pressed on whenever Klaus gets angry or has sadistic spats which is a regular occurrence. Klaus has a very dark side and a murderous streak that he is not afraid to let loose.


Unbalanced Sarcastic Calculating


Sensitive Maniacal

Nazi sympathiser Sadistic

Unpredictable Comical

The Bunny is a main character in the Bunny Suicide comics who is fixated on ending his bunny life with imaginatively gruesome methods. Not much is known about the origin, back story or characteristics of this character except from the suicidal and sadist mentality.

The Bunny Suicide Cartoons are a collection of comic strips depicting the various methods in which the bunny’s commit suicide. It is a dark humoured and a sadistic twist on a traditional comic structure. There is no storyline a s such and no back story which makes this style unique. Created by author Andy Riley who in 2003 published The Book of Bunny Suicides.

For the Pet Shop I am designing an abandoned, old fashioned store full of dust and clutter. It will be a small, cramped shop with another room at the back of the shop designated for management.

The style of room I’m designing is a high ceilinged, tall windowed morgue room with a single mortuary table centralised in front of the windows.

To help me visualise my environments I have researched different styles to help me gain more creative knowledge and a realistic perception and portrayal of the main environments in my story. It also helps me think of room designs and style.

Linguini – Information:
http://pixar.wikia.com/Alfredo_Linguin i Images: http://wodumedia.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/10/LinguiniVoiced-by-Lou-Romano-12960x1458.jpg Klaus – Information: http://americandad.wikia.com/wiki/Kl aus_Heissler Images: Morgue – Information: Images: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com /news-morgues-attempt-2

Tom and Jerry – Information: http://www.tomandjerryonline.com/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274294 /
Image: http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/tomand-jerry-tales/photo-gallerydetail/EP00815061/281710?aid=zap2it Itchy and Scratchy – Information: http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/The_It chy_%26_Scratchy_Show Image: http://www.canvas101.co.uk/gallerypicture-art/animation/cartoon/thesimpsons-the-itchy-and-scratchy-showposter-2-animated-cartoon

Fishbowl Influences: Image 5: http://www.inkity.com/shirtdesig ner/prints/clipArt1/CORB8060.JP G Image 6: www.rajshahibazaar.com Image 7: www.flickriver.com Image 8: thegab.org Image 9: www.ratemyfishtank.com Image 10: goldfish2care4.com

Morgue Influences:

Pet Shop Influences:
Image 6: www.handystorefixtures.com Image 7: www.woostercollective.com Image 8: www.offgridsteve.co.uk Image 9: www.petstreet.co.uk

Image 1: www.behind-the-city.com
Image 2: australianmuseum.net.au Image 3: lara-serbin.blogspot.com Image 4: www.edutopia.org Image 5: www.ghost-of.org Image 6: www.flickr.com Image 7: stacygreenauthor.blogspot.com Image 8: kiroku1.webs.com

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