After handing in my pitch I thought I'd celebrate by posting some of my concept work up here. My story focuses on four little sprites in a forest.
These are my four main characters. Clockwise from the top left their names are Vanity, Mischief, Wrath and Gloom.
Mischief is the protagonist of the film, if you want to call her that. She causes a lot of trouble for the other characters.
Gloom, as the name would suggest, is down in the dumps quite a bit.
Vanity is completely self involved. She's only interested in what you have to say if it's a compliment!
Wrath is the one sprite you do not want to cross. She'll hold a grudge and never forget.
I had a lot of fun with the concept of developing Grotesque forms that the characters would change into at a point in the story. These forms are 10 times the sprites' normal size and are triggered by emotional trauma. As they move around they wreak havoc on their immediate environment.
I had a really good time trying to come up with different and unusual ways for the characters to move. My two favourites are Gloom and Wrath. Gloom drags the earth up with each step she takes making her movements very laboured and slow. Wrath moves on all fours and her limbs dive in and out of the earth, almost like worms.
I'll wrap this post up (cos it's super long) with some gesture studies I did of Mischief and Vanity. I'll hopefully revisit these characters in future posts.
As always, thanks for reading :)