March 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm #376785
Mr.LemonsParticipantMarch 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm #377083
Ernest “Atlas” McNally
Clarence “Clay” Ferguson
Norman “North Star” Doyle
I tend to think a somewhat normal-sounding real name for this character, but a goofy nickname or psuedonym that he publishes his articles under. Thoughts on this? Come on, folks, brainstorm.March 4, 2008 at 8:44 pm #377293
I don’t think the name Michael Harrison is bad, but I wouldn’t object to something else.
I’ve thought up a short schedule to keep us on track:
March 6th: A name must be decided by then
March 10th: Get a forum open for more organized discussion (Mr. Lemons, did you talk to Lechnology about this yet?)
March 15th: A story/plot is confirmed and agreed upon. Hopefully this will be finished sooner since we’re pretty much finished.
March 31st: Everything involving the story is agreed upon. Characters, plot twists, locations, etc. Everything involving the story, except the plot that will have hopefully been confirmed earlier.
April 1st: Script is begun, writers will be confirmed during March
August 1st: Script is finished
Note that every date here is “at the latest”. If anything can be finished earlier, that would be great. Also, I just gave the script a huge time slot as this is my first CP and I’m unsure how long a script will take. Also, hopefully we’ll take a poll to see how many animators are interested during March.
I’ll just ask this now for a rough count: How many are interested in animating?
I tend to think a somewhat normal-sounding real name for this character, but a goofy nickname or psuedonym that he publishes his articles under. Thoughts on this? Come on, folks, brainstorm.
I kinda like this idea, but I don’t think he should be called by his pen-name constantly during the movie. Each character could call him a slightly varied name, similar to how Peppermint Patty from Peanuts (I think it was her) calls Charlie Brown “Chuck,” while everybody else calls him Charlie Brown. So I’ll just use Ernest McNally as an example (I think this name is decent, I’d be opened to something better, though):
Young pilot: Ernie
Old guy: Ernest
Foreign guy: Atlas (Ernie could introduce himself that way)
etc.March 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm #377311
Since I just started brickfilming recently I don’t think I should be involved in animating but I would like to contribute in some way, maybe as a writer or storyboard artist? As for the name why not Taylor Murphy? Murphy is kind of funny sounding but not enough to make the audience think the character is a complete goofball.March 5, 2008 at 4:07 am #377434
I hope nobody minds if I poke my nose in here, I really like these community projects. I wanted to make a few suggestions to add to the discussion since it still seems to be in a state of flux.
– I suggest that the ‘bad guys’ be a secret society, rather than a certain nationality or established military. Then they can be anyone (even the museum, as suggested earlier) and can still summon troops if needed for an action sequence. When you see the symbol of the crab, beware!
– Perhaps instead of one intrepid reporter, we have three different adventurers that separate to cover more ground. Maybe they have to collect parts of something or simply more clues to the final mystery. It would lead the movie away from the Indiana Jones style of one man against everyone and possibly allow the movie to be divided amongst different animators easier.
– Maybe, as a change, the movie starts with the industrialist headlining the news because he’s just recovered some massive artifact. Our team of bookworm adventurers recognize what it really is (when the general public doesn’t have a clue) and must race to prevent the industrialist’s agents from getting the key/manual/secret password. The bad guys need to be watching them for clues of what and where and the heroes need the bad guys to get back to the secret base!
Just food for thought.
-jMarch 5, 2008 at 8:49 pm #377645
“jay” wrote: I suggest that the ‘bad guys’ be a secret society, rather than a certain nationality or established military. Then they can be anyone (even the museum, as suggested earlier)
This got me thinking of a new angle/plot twist that would bring the whole evil museum back into the equation. Stay with me on this, I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to explain it: The industrialist previously discussed is the curator of a major museum in Europe that secretly has used unscrupulous methods of acqiuring artifacts (the aforementioned “secret society”). The reporter is able to con the time and some funding for the trip from his editor, but he’s at a loss as to where to get the necessary equipment without tipping off anyone. Guessing what he’s up to, the museum sends one of the society members, the Late Addition character, to make a deal with him: They’ll lend him the equipment he needs and keep the whole thing quiet, but they get sole control of the Fountain if they find it. The rest of the group then slowly figures out who he’s working for and their less-than-wholesome intentions as the film progresses.
“jay” wrote: Perhaps instead of one intrepid reporter, we have three different adventurers that separate to cover more ground.
Two things here… doing this would get more people involved, yes, but it would also make this film a lot longer unless we scrimped on the backstory/plotline of each separate character.
Secondly, how’s this for a compromise that also brings in the whole romantic aspect that has been brought up a couple of times. We’ve already said that the pilot and the historian get separated… why not the Late Addition and the park ranger in another group? This gives us three separate groups, leaves the reporter alone, and also lets something come to fruition between the Late Addition and the park ranger. Maybe it’s that relationship that convinces him to change his ways.
“EdibleDoorKnob” wrote: As for the name why not Taylor Murphy?
Murphy’s an idea, but I don’t think Taylor would work. Not many people were naming their kids Taylor in 1890, which is about when the reporter would have been born.
Badger – count me in as a writer.March 7, 2008 at 2:42 am #378052
Mr.LemonsParticipantMarch 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm #378316
I think we can do better than “John McGruff”–sounds a little too goofy to me–but I don’t mind it. Let’s go with that for now and change it later if we come up with something.
Badger and Mr.Lemons – you two appear to be running the show, so I’d suggest that the two of you take what we’ve got in the way of story and characters so far and create a cohesive idea yourselves, rather than the continual idea here/completely opposite idea there/etc. that’s been going on for the last four pages or so. Once you’ve got that treatment and character list together, we’ll have a base to make further changes.March 9, 2008 at 9:04 am #378673
Timothy RatnerParticipantMarch 9, 2008 at 1:52 pm #378743
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