So I finally have my story all figured out!
Main points that I really wanted to convey with my project and hit the most were:
- That it has visuals using Houdini that aren’t just your regular basic explosions or splashes. While I can definitely appreciate the work that goes into those I want to show something more new and different. I feel one real power of VFX is being able to show people things that aren’t your typical dynamic event. Your limit is your imagination.
- On that imagination note, I want to be able to tell a story more abstractly with a less literal visual structure. Sure if you show someone crying, it’s an easy way to convey a sad negative emotion. The real challenge here is conveying a message and the emotions that follow based on the story being more abstract.
- In my previous post when I was brain storming to come up with a story I was trying to hit the points of things that are dependent on each other for existence. I wrote down my ideas in a spread sheet and ended up combining a few ideas.
- The main story foundation is that the world was made of dust and debris, and not much else but a force brought them together into a hot ball of mass which was able to turn into the sun when it got massive enough. From there its light was able to produce life in the form of plants and eventually other things started to emerge as well, such as metal inventions and machinery that would use the world for energy and remove plants for space. As the machine gets more greedy it destroys the plants all together and takes the sun for itself as energy. As all that energy gets used up so inefficiently however, it’s wasted and goes out returning to dust along with the machine who can no longer keep itself powered and the plants who relied on it as well.
Below I have my embedded story board and visual board combined into one so that the visual style can be seen on a scene by scene basis. If you are having trouble with the embedded link, feel free to see it as well on the actual prezi.com website here.
I found It was the best medium to help me convey to others visually what my storyboard will look like and the specific goals I have in terms of layout of my story.