The Ebullient Toadstool

By Nat Urwin Draft 1

Nat Urwin BA (Hons) CG Art & Animation UCA Rochester


INT. TITLE SEQUENCE. The animation starts with a blank page. A few blank sheets of paper with faint ripple repeat for a second. Then lines start to squiggle across the page to form the title ‘The Ebullient Toadstool’. Followed by some thicker lines which form the words ‘By NU’. The title is held on screen for five seconds. The words then dissipate back into squiggly lines which then form the character of the TOADSTOOL. INT. CHARACTER INTRODUCTION. The toadstool character is seen to be excited and warming up for something, at this point it is not known what he is preparing for. There is a faint humming / engine noise to this scene. As the toadstool is preparing, a small triangle appears in the right side of the image and starts unzipping a doorway. There is the sound of a zip un-zipping for this section. The engine hum sound begins to get louder, now with a heavy wind noise. The toadstool, now in the left section of the screen becomes ecstatic and gets ready to head through the door. The toadstool runs toward the door and jumps out. As he jumps, his shadow disappears from the ground to signify theres nothing below him to cast a shadow on. The camera follows. There is a lot of heavy fast wind sound and the engine sound becomes gradually distant. The camera films as the toadstool turns around in freefall, allowing the illusion of a fellow skydiver maneuvering around as they both fall. INT. PHASE TWO, ENTER THE BIRD. As the toadstool is falling, a spec begins to show in the shot, and gets bigger. This spec then comes into view as a BIRD. They collide, as this happens a love song begins to play, giving the footage a new perspective and the illusion they are having a slow dance in mid air. The bird and toadstool separate, the bird flies off toward the camera bum first, while the toadstool continues to free-fall. The camera goes back to following the toadstool at different angles again. INT. PARACHUTE. The toadstool sucks his body in to brace himself. He then stretches back out and his cap flies off, and puffs up into the opening parachute, here there is the sound of flapping fabric made by the parachute. The gills from under the cap turn into the parachute’s cables. He goes out of shot as the speed difference between the cameraman and the toadstool change. The toadstool then floats into shot with his open parachute, the sound in this section is less windy, with quite a calm slight flapping material noise coming from the parachute. The toadstool then flies of screen again. INT. LANDING. The camera shot changes to a more distant shot. The toadstool appears from the top left side of the screen still with his parachute. Then the toadstool and parachute separate, the


toadstool falling a short distance to a splat, but then forms himself back into a toadstool. Meanwhile his parachute turns back into his cap and falls to the side of him with a slight rock as it lands and settles. The toadstool looks across, pauses, then summersaults his head back into his cap with a POP. While he is stool in one piece again the camera zooms to the toadstool, he does a little wiggle of excitement. END.

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