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Kickstarter is a Launch!!!

Hello Everyone!



The project is going good. I’m in the middle of organizing the shots by scene and removing the green screen. Its amazing what you can do with After Effects.

I starter a kickstarter for my
Check it out, spread the word, Help make this happen.project… a little late but still worth it. The money well be for software and hardware that I’m needing to make this project come to life. As well as compensating my actors.

Every doller helps!



Thinking about sound

Sound is going to be a huge component of my film. This is because through sound I’m going to create the illusion of space within my animation.

Because I’m using Adobe After Effects and Premiere I decided to give Adobe’s Audition a try… This seemed like a good idea because it can be used to edit sound from Premiere with relative ease… However, as to be expected with using any new software, its been a learning experience. The main difficulty is that there is no media management aspect in Audition… this makes it really hard to browse effects and find the right one without doing it in the finder window or actually bringing it into the programe and on to the timeline.

I started with a lot of enthusiasm. I started looking for sound effects to use when building my sound environments. I meet with an actor to be the voice of Ian. I started seeing the project coming together.

After working with my Actor Joe Apice we developed a great New York accent for Ian, which is what I have imagined all along.

After bring Joe voice over into Audition I began cutting it up and spacing it out as I imagine it well be when there is the visual element.

This is where my momentum started to fall… a lot of it had to do with the complications of learning a new programe. However, more specifically it had to do with the lack of imagery to put the sound to. Because my film does not have a consistent narration over it, the pauses between lines will be filled with animation (and sound to match it) that will help give the since of time passing. Once I figured out my work flow for how I was going to edit, it became easier but that was only after hours and hours of browsing forms on how to manage media and actually use Audition.

Because of this I wasn’t able to get as much done as I would have liked. However I do have sound effects downloaded and the narration recorded… I do need to get the waitress voice. Its not very much lines, and none of it is lip-sync but it is still is essential to the project.


On a plus note, I used my momentum of this weekend to set up a green screen (for St Patric day!!!) in my basement which I will be using for the project as well as a back drop for my Kickstarter video, more on that in the next update.


I have put together a storyboard of my project. Ever thing in black is the images I plan on using, the Red and Blue ink are notes on what will being going on within the frames. Although this is a full collection of the shots I’ll be using it is not definitive in its lay out. Timing and transition will develop after I have recorded sound with Joe, and have a full image recording of my actor Clint.

The last two images are example renderings of the Street Ian walks across and the booth he seats at in the Cafe.

I also put my storyboards together into an Animatic. The timing is not accurate of what the final project will look like, however it does proved an example of how the different shots will work together. It can be viewed at.

Script development

Bellow is two emails shared between me and Joe Apice, who will be acting as the voice of my character Ian.



Thanks for sending me the script.

Have a few questions that came up upon my first read through…

I was under the impression when you told me about the story, that the fake “newspaper files” were something of a dramatic secret, kept from the audience til the end, so that they believe in Ian’s fantasy job.

The way it’s laid out in the beginning, even in the title, this information is far from secretive.

Is this a choice?  if so, what do you intend the audience’s journey to be throughout the piece?

If not, what can be done to ensure the audience is duped from the very beginning into believing they’re hearing a story about a real P.I.?

Also, who is the woman in the park?  What influence does she have on Ian in that scene?

Why doesn’t the newspaper come on day 3?  Does he usually have it delivered every day?

What keeps him from reaching for his coffee in the last scene?  Is his attitude different here?

Is Ian his own caretaker?  On what source of income does he survive?

Good ideas, and I like Ian.  Let me know what you make of all this.



My response.


As I mentioned last night I am wanting it to be some what of a dramatic  revelation that we find out that Ian is only reading a news paper and not secret case files. After thinking over I believe I need to build up Ian’s credibility. To do this I’m going to add a brief line in the beginning ‘narration’ part that explains what the cases have gone through before Ian is haired.



“In order for me to  be hired for Cases, I request that the Information has been collected, and that investigators have spent at least a hundred hours piecing the facts together, When they have fallen short thats when I’m hired… It’s delivered each morning at  7’oclock sharp. Folded in half, bounded by a tight rubber band.”

I’m hoping that this would set Ian up to be seen as a true investigator. I am also going to add some shots of Ian writing down notes after he reads the paper/files in order to show that he has worked through some of the facts.

I have also changed the working title to “Cases in Ink” or maybe “Written in Ink” Both of these options add to the possibility of him being an investigator as well as adding to the twist at the end, in that ‘Ink’ refers to being in a news paper.

The significance of the woman in the park is that she’s sitting in Ian’s spot. If my animation was longer I would show Ian’s routine a couple of times before it is disrupted (both by the rubber band breaking and the bench being occupied. However because of my time restraint I’m needing to only show it once. Because his routine is disrupted he is thrown of from being in his world of solving the case. and thus end his though process.

The reason that the news paper doesn’t come on the third day could be endless. It could be that Ian doesn’t hear the knock, or that its a holiday? What is more important is that it shows how much of Ian’s life revolves around the paper being delivered. During that day we see Ian waiting and waiting for the paper. He doesn’t eat anything, nor does he really move from the chair.

I am now thinking of having Ian reach of the coffee at the end and put sugar into it before the pulls the paper in font of him. This is to show what he is back in his routine, and then when we see the paper we see a crossword half filled out on it. Thus hinting that the cases are apart of the crossword that Ian does each day.

My thought is that Ian is his own caretaker, He’s able to do this because he has such a strict routine. However when it is disrupted he is exposed to his inability to fully take care of himself.

I hope this answered some of your questions. If you have any more shoot me an email. I’m more than happy to share and develop more of Ian’s character for you.



“Newspaper Cases” Treatment and Timeline

My story is about an elderly man, Ian, who lives in a large metropolis city.

Each morning Ian is delivered a file with top-secret information about a case that has been deemed unsolvable by his employers.  His job is to prove them wrong by piecing the facts together and solving it for the authorities.

We follow Ian through 4 days of his life. We hear his thoughts as he works thought the case. However on the 3rd day the papers are not delivered. Causing Ian to say at home all day. On the 4th day we find out that the “top-secret” case files is actual the newspaper, during the last scene we learn that he creates the cases in his head, by connecting words that he sees in the paper.

I will be giving the animation a graph novel look to it while we are interacting with Ian. The animation of his thoughts will have a collage aesthetic to them, however produced primarily in aftereffects. I have chosen this story because of the continues looping that it suggest of Ian’s life.

I have chosen to call the film “Newspaper Cases”.


I have been doing a lot of research on the noir genre, graphic storytelling, and visual narrative. I have also been exploring different animations aesthetics that I like such as the works by Miwa Matreyek ( ) and Lawrence Jordan. ( )


My current time line is:

Feb 15— time line / research presentation

Feb 19— complete script/story

Feb 25— Storyboard, outline of shots

Feb 27— organization of scene/project files

Mar 5— visual presentation, script

Presentation of what I have collected for

-Animations of his thoughts.

-Ian— back grounds decided and created/ing

Mar 8— Record narration

Begin sound edit…. rough

Mar 19— Sound project

Sample of final sound

Mar 30— finish Ian’s animation

April 9— Work in Progress Critique

April 20— finish animation of Ian’s thoughts.

April 25— picture lock begin sound mix

April 30— Final Critique

– near finished edit

-working on exporting

May 10— Final Class Screening!


I’m feeling behind but I feel good about this story and am ready to see it all the way through!

As I search my mind for good metaphors to have my character use. Things that let my character stand on his own two feet and have a life of his own, even in my 3min movie. I found this and want to share it as an example of the feeling i would like my film to have. may be not directly but underneath. Hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

Dangerous Habits Blog

So you want to know what I do. Well I’ll tell you a story. It happened the other week. It’s a short story, but still as depressing as some of the other stuff I’ve seen in my career. You might want to refresh your drink.

It was dark. It was cold too. A whole night outside would have killed a man. The snow created a pretty contrast to the harshness of the cold, a nice effect that would almost make us not dread winter. But we still do.

A gunshot sounded off far away, showing me that even in the harshest of conditions, people still need to work. Now, you can either be a criminal, or you can be anything else. There’s only a small fine line between the two you know. So I stay as close to it as possible. Anyway, the gunshot interrupted the quiet night where the…

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An Ambiguous Detective Story

It is hard to come up with a good detective story. And thats why I like the idea of keeping the case ambiguous. This allows for the story to go just about any where and evolve with the animation. At the end the audience is able to piece together the case and assume what its about on there own. its engaging because its ambiguous.  

Everything about the case that the audience sees is animated. Crudely and with out direct connection to what its about. like whats in the detectives mind, his thought process. I like the idea of him being at a desk or eating breakfast. or both… because i would be animating his thought process it would be of the little things he’s trying to work out in his mind.  Between narration lines there might not need to be any narration because we would be seeing it…. and then cut back to him at the desk/tabel and then another thought…

I do want to give it a feel as thought its not the first time he’s thought about the case… or that it a reoccurring thing… a loop never really ending.

I do care about the story in that it needs to at a basic level make since. I like the idea of a murder. The first animation of his thoughts would be him thinking of what happened (a gun going off. a person laying on the floor, dead. and person running from the scene.) this would set up the base of the case for the audience but not limiting me in possibilities in any way. 

after a cut away to the man seating (coffee cup or poking food) we would then here him thinking about the possible suspects… maybe a cross stamping over them as he lists there definite or not definite alibis. maybe with a simple animation of what they are. yet all the imager that is given and the narration must lend its self to the ambiguity of the case… we cant hint that detective might have a chance in solving it with the knowledge that he does have. if that makes sense?

As i said earlier i like the idea of the detective being trapped in a circular routine. I don’t think i would loop the film, but i would end it the same way that i started. (animation of a city sky line and the sound of a beeping alarm clock bing heard over the noises of the city.)