P-Slice Origins

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This is almost all the artwork i have created for the character i created called P-slice, the amazing slice of pepperoni pizza that was brought to life by a superhero.

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Some of it is just doodles, but there are expressions and a turnaround in there as well as some poses and action shots of P-slice.

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HOLD IT!

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I much prefer P-slice’s final design, where his body is just the pizza, its

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I was just doodling some of p-slices’ friends and i liked the idea of a snails shell being brought to life when the superhero sneezes in his garden and the superhero not realising, and the snail just carries on snailing while this sentient shell comes alive and tries to come to terms with life on the back of a snail. Now and again he would show up on the snail and then be unable to direct the snail and be taken off wherever the snail wants to go. A bit of comic relief really..

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Origins : P-Slice

P-Slice is the pepperoni pizza slice that was brought to life!

An ordinary man who lives amongst ordinary people on an ordinary street in an ordinary Victorian terraced house in London has the unbelievable ability to create life from inanimate objects, the only problem is that he has no control over this ability whatsoever! The man in question (we will call him Bob) has other amazing abilities, he is super-strong and he can fly, but nobody knows! He uses his superpowers for good (as Super Bob!) but generally just wants to live a normal life, so he keeps everything a secret. (but his back-story is not the one we are interested in..)

Having superpowers is great but whenever he sneezes he ends up accidentally bringing the objects he is touching to life! Bob is a good guy though, he feels obligated to the things he brings to life, and they see him as a father figure and would inevitably get into trouble without him – at the very least potentially give his identity away, so he is stuck with them! So they all live in Bobs basement, where they are safe and cannot get into any trouble! Well, not as much trouble anyway..

P-Slice is a slice of pizza that Bob was about to eat, when all of a sudden he was sneezed into existence! The little pizza slice grew a body and arms and legs and a face, oh and of course he gained sentience!

His first words were “OW! MY BUTT!?”

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Front and side views of P-Slice. He is wearing clothes that were made for him by one of the objects who he lives with in Bobs basement. Not all the objects wear clothes, but P-Slice wants to be Bobs sidekick and go on adventures! So he has to have a superhero costume, so he looks the part, and then surely Super Bob will take him on awesome superhero missions to save the world!

For now P-Slice will have to wait, Bob said he would take him with him when he’s ready. For now he must continue getting ready, practicing his sneaking and hiding stealth skills and his terrifying boo-scare tactics, ooh and his amazing dance workouts that are fun for everyone (EVERYONE!!) where his skin tight costume really pays for itself!

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*P-Slice doesn’t have any bones so he can move in some really great ways, and of course stretch like pizza dough and melted cheese!

P-Slice is full of energy. Like so totally full to the brim right up to here it’s so full it’s overflowing full of energy. And he is very emotional, which can be difficult for those around him. He’s a drama Queen who takes everything way too seriously, but he means well, although he does do some silly stuff. Stuff that anyone with a brain would have seen was not going to work, but P-Slice doesn’t always think things through, which means he rushes into things like a maniac sometimes!

There are a fair few different objects that were sneezed into existence, some from when Bob was very young, right up to last week. There are new objects now and again, sometimes a fair few come in if Bob is unwell and sneezing a lot! Some don’t have to live in the basement, and there are even a few objects who have gone out with Bob before. (there is also a good chance that Bob has sentient objects in other locations, like lockers and car boots. He just hasn’t got around to moving them, and sometimes the objects living there are happy enough. Although Bob left one object alone and forgot about him- and that object eventually went looking for Bob, and found out he was abandoned. And now he has sworn an oath to destroy Bob for what he did, which as you can imagine is quite a nuisance, and fairly depressing for Bob. Luckily the object is not very clever and so far his plans all backfire or turn out to be harmless, so Bob basically allows it to continue..)

Anyway the objects all have different personalities, some are lazy and some are content with their lives. Fixed to the TV watching shows all day and night! Some are grumpy and some are happy, there is a good mix! P-Slice is excited about everything and gets on the others nerves from time to time, but they all get on well really, like a big family. They are all very loyal to Bob, and Bob makes sure he pops his head in as often as he can, which isn’t always that often because he is so busy.

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Did a little doodle of P-Slice at an awkward moment where he is desperate for a wee! Then i decided to do a few more of him in different moods and basically a doodled expression sheet.

Note that his eyes don’t have eyelids, so it is difficult for him to express emotions that way, and also its basically impossible for him to close his eyes.. (more on that later..) To get around his eyelidlessness P-Slice’s pupils morph a little bit to help convey how he is feeling, and he also has floating eyebrows, or at least I’m playing around with the idea of him having floating eyebrows..

Also note that he has a bendy body and especially bendy floppy head, oh and also a really sweet round ass. its nicely toned and toight and in his skin tight suit its like he’s wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all… Stupid sexy pizza slice!

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It must be hard enough being a superhero and trying to live an ordinary life, let alone when you keep sneezing your food or your toothbrush into existence. Oh God or your left shoe, I literally can’t even… and now of course the right shoe is useless, but then the left show bugs you forever for the right shoe, which you give him, but now he keeps bugging you about bringing it to life, and then you’re stood there with pepper in one hand and that right shoe in the other trying to Sneeze onto the shoe and just thinking where did it all go so terribly wrong in my life that I’m stood here doing this!

 

Origins – Developmentationalism

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Names for the character:

  • Mr. Pizza
  • P-Slice
  • The Pizza Bread Man
  • (the) Pizza guy
  • Steve
  • Pizzaman
  • Super Pizza
  • Pizza invincible
  • Pizza ass
  • Mr French
  • George the 1st
  • SuperPizzaHero
  • REGINALD!!
  • Pepper
  • Roni
  • Cheesey
  • Stuffed-crust (AKA: SC)
  • Bernard

I like the idea that the superhero just names the creatures whatever, so sometimes its very on the nose- Mr Pizza Slice, and other times its something the superhero likes, maybe a flavour of ice pop or even a celebrity or famous character from history- Alexander the great, Napoleon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rambo, Dumbo, etc..

This character is a bit of a lovable fool, and he likes to have fun and goof off with the other residents in the superhero’s basement, he’s a bit naive and doesn’t always think things through so he’s a bit rash and only after will realise his mistakes. So he should have a name or nickname which will reflect his nature somewhat. I really like P-slice, i think that it suits the character, who has a habit of using slang that he has made up to make himself seem cooler to the older residents. But he would also have a normal ‘given’ name which could be Mr. Pepper Roni! “Nobody calls me Pepper! The names P-Slice and this here half-a-banana guy is called “BP” and DON’T NOBODY FORGLIB IT!”

Names for the animations title:

  • P-Slice : And the toothpaste of destiny!
  • P-Slice : Return of the conundruminator!
  • P-Slice rides again!
  • The Pizza Bread Man
  • P-Slice : The Revengioning
  • THE PIZZA IS ALIVE!?!
  • P-Slice : Time to Live!
  • P-Slice the SuperPizzaHero
  • P-slice saves the day!
  • P-slices best day ever!
  • P-Slice eats a few hundred pieces of rice, And other stuff too!
  • The pizza and the banana and the kiwi fruit.
  • The Slices of Pizza that live in the basement
  • P-Slice : Super hero?
  • Attack of the brains!
  • Mostly action filled actions scenes!
  • The new testament
  • PIZZA
  • The second movie you’ve seen this week
  • Accidental hero

The main character of this animation is a little pizza slice who has been accidentally brought to life by a superhero. The superhero cannot have the newly-alive creatures running wild so he keeps them as contained in his house as he can, with the least intelligent or most troublesome creatures kept in the relative safety and confinement of the basement. The creatures generally enjoy life although one or two want more, including our main character, who fancies himself as a bit of a superhero sidekick, after all they were created by a superhero who genuinely saves the world on a daily basis.

But one day the superhero disappears. What will the creatures do? Who will take charge and save the day? Will anyone be able to help themselves let alone the superhero?! Will the TV subscription run out soon?!

P-Slice and his crew are ready and willing and the others cant think of a good reason to stop them, so screw it, go for it little pizza guy! Save the day or most probably we will never see you again, but go out and live and experience!

I quite like ‘Accidental hero’ in some way. Because it could mean the superhero who accidentally keeps bringing inanimate objects to life, or those creatures that are brought alive becoming accidental heroes. Our main character P-Slice has the best intentions but the only times he does anything truly heroic is by accident. So it works on hopefully more than one level, although perhaps its too on the nose.

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Origins – Golden Age Animation – Hanna Barbera

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Hanna Barbera were big producers of animation during the ‘golden age’ of American animation (roughly the 1920’s through to the 1960’s), with famous characters like Yogi bear, Top Cat, the Flintstones and the Jetsons to name just a few. The animated style is immediately recognisable as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, they have their own identifiable look, from the character and set design choices through to the actual animation style itself.

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Top Cat and the gang! This helpful sheet helps animators reference the heights of the characters compared to one another. Below that is a turnaround sheet, which shows the characters in different angles, which again is helpful as a reference for animators when they are animating the scenes for the show.

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“Exit stage left!”

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This turnaround is useful because they have also made sure to put in ruler lines which help to keep everything at the right height and size when animating Johnny Bravo.

“YABBADABBADOO!”

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So The Flintstones was originally going to be the Gladstones?! huh, TIL.

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Wacky races was one of my favourite Hanna-Barbera cartoons growing up , and that’s in no small part thanks to the amazing and interesting characters that take part in the races, each characters had their own custom race-car as well, which reflected their own personalities and helped to define and identify the characters. .

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Origins – Character Design

Character design is the process of creating visual representation of character concepts or ideas defining visual style in a range of situations. It is also the process of exploring the back story and mind-set that combine to define the motivations and personality of a fictional character.

Task: Design a character in the style of a golden age illustrator/ cartoonist/ animator. Designing a character that thinks in order for an audience to emphasise with them is core to animation. Learning to design both the insides and the outsides of characters is an important skill.

Objectives:

  • Write the characters creation legend/ back-story, setting the scene for their future adventures. (800 words).
  • Draw a turnaround (front, 3/4, side, 3/4 back and back views).
  • Draw an expression sheet (at least 5 facial expressions and 2 story telling poses).

Ideas:

1:

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A world with animal hybrids, meaning that the cast of characters would be a concoction of different species mixed together. For example: A bull/duck/human hybrid who has anger problems, which stems from the bull side, loves bread like crazy like a duck, but also mostly has a human body. Most of the intelligent characters would have human in there somewhere, so the audience can emphasise and connect with the characters a bit more, and also because its our world set in the future, where all humans have mutated with other animals and a whole new unrecognisable set of creatures walks the earth!

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So the deputy is the character, juggling a complication double (triple?!) life, a helpful and kind person who is brave and intelligent, even if nobody realises it.

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I like cat guy actually, he just seems cool..

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If the characters live in a future world where different species have merged together, then they should also feature other mutations i think. I really like the three-eyed owl, maybe birds are the other intelligent species, so they are human sized but crossed between birds and another animal, eg: owl and pig/ pigeon and turtle/ penguin and horse?!deputy lizard

When devising The Simpsons, Matt Groening knew he had to offer the viewers something different. He reckoned that when viewers were flicking through TV channels and came across the show, the characters’ unusually bright yellow skin colour would grab their attention. [1]

When it comes to designing a character there are a lot of different things to think about, and a lot of questions you need to ask yourself and your character. Its not just about what they look like, its about who they are, the more you know about the character, the more it will inform the character design and the more real and well-rounded the character

2. The Pizza Bread Man.

This is the character that I am going to develop further and also I will be creating a 3D environment in Maya for the character as well (tying the alter ego project and the origins project together).

Writing exercises to help develop character background and personality:

 

The monologue

  • Objective: Learn a characters insights, thought and feelings,.
  • Exercise: Write a monologue that accurately portrays your character, what they are feeling, their hopes, fears, loves, hates.
  • Remember they are speaking to themselves.
  • Remember speech patterns and vocabulary.

“The pizza bread man: “One whole year! Boy a whole year of being alive! crazy… It seems like maybe more stuff should have happened in that amount of time.. OK best thing about this year.. hmm.. So many great things happened this year, that time I ate all those grapes! Biggest achievement is definitely watching the entire series of friends from start to finish.. Or maybe when I got the high score on Pacman the 2nd: Revenge of the Wakka Wakka! that one time for five minutes before Mr. Tape recorder guy got a hold of it and broke the game..” sigh.. “I do wish that I got to spend more time with dad but at least I’ve got my brothers and sisters when dads off saving the world, maybe one day he will take me with him! I cant really complain, really I have everything I could want right here in the basement. We got a TV and dad even got us a video game system, even though I keep losing track of time and staying up playing Boogerman 3 until 6 in the morning! Mr. Half a banana is such a bad influence on me! I’m so lucky to have a dad that lets me do whatever I want and stay up super late, especially because I’m only one years old! He even lets me watch films that are waaaaaay too adult for me, sometimes Mr. Wellyboot jokes about them warping my tiny little mind, whatever that means! What a year though. OH MY GOD I JUST REALISED! Theres a very good chance that I will get another year.. WAIT A MINUTE!  How long do we live for? MR WELLYBOOT!?!?! HOW LONG DO WE LIVE FOR!?!?! OH MAN oh man! Ohh man… I wonder if I get to live forever… This is crazy.. MR WELLYBOOT!!? THIS IS CRAZY!!! CAN I LIVE FOREVER!!?? AAARGH! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Oh man I had better go and tell Mr. Half a banana about this, the implications could be… they could be… errr.. well they could be something pretty big.. a pretty big deal probably anyway. What if we only live for a year? MY TIMES UP!!! AAAAAAAAARGH!!!! EVERYONE!! AM I ABOUT TO DIE”

Mr Wellyboot: “What is that damnable pizza slice screaming about this time..?”

 

The speech

  • Objective: Use exposition to learn a characters past experiences
  • Exercise: write a speech in which the character describes, explains, tells or preaches about a specific event, experience or idea.
  • Examples: first love affair, reasons for killing a friend, practical value of atheism.
  • Hints; Use the characters speech patterns and vocabulary- their voice and what drives them

Mr Wellyboot: “Do you want to explain this to me?”

The Pizza bread man: “I was just trying to have a little fun.. It wasn’t supposed to end up going so badly. Ooh Actually I remember thinking about what would Mr Wellyboot say about this before I even did anything, and I remember you said that there was almost no chance that anything could go wrong, so I don’t really see why you’re so mad, its actually kind of your fault, not to mention you know what happens when I’m left all alone for five minutes..”

Mr Wellyboot: “I was in the other room! You could have literally asked me!”

The Pizza Bread Man: “Abababababa. I think we both know how this is going to go don’t we. So maybe what do you say we cut out the middle man and just go and make some hot chocolate and popcorn and lets watch a film! I know that we wont be able to use the TV, because… rizzle razzle.. But of course we can always use our imagination! Which in some ways is better don’t you think, TV was getting a bit predictable anyway, imagination TV means that all the cartoons can be in one show together! oh man actually think about it. This is big.. This is actually awesome!! I never thought about it before but, oh man mind blown, all the best characters could be in one show together! This is LIFE CHANGING! MR WELLYBOOT HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HIS BEFORE??? OH CRAP! sorry mind my Spanish, but HOLY MOLY! OK YOU GET THE POPCORN I’M GUNNA SIT HERE AND COME UP WITH THE SHOW! I cant believe I’m only realising this now. I guess you’re not mad at me anymore right,  because I think I just literally made our lives like a million times better, in fact I think the best thing I’ve done all year is breaking that TV. Yup. I’m actually kind of a hero aren’t I..”

Mr Wellyboot: ‘sigh…’

 

Environments

  • Objective: Explore the things people surround themselves with that define character
  • Exercise: Describe your characters bedroom, and then describe it again after some time has passed.
  • Remember: the tricky part is to describe the room only. No people in the scene. Just use objects, furniture, clothes, etc. But don’t just list objects, write with a sense of discovery. The way in which you reveal the information is important. Affect understanding as well as emotions.
  • Hints: subtle, but clear, changes should occur to the room as time passes between scenes – to reflect

a) The walls are brick, and there are no windows, a solitary hanging light bulb swings from the ceiling illuminating the space. In the middle of the floor there is an open pizza box, inside of which is a little unmade bedspread. One or two empty crisps packets and candy wrappers are scattered around the room and it doesn’t look like it has been cleaned or tidied in months, the carpet hasn’t been vacuumed in ages and there are spider webs in the corners of the room, and the walls feature the odd funny-coloured splatter. There are a couple of posters stuck on the walls which add a bit of colour to the otherwise drab room. There are also a few interesting items around the room, and on the one shelf that is fitted a few inches from the ground. A magic eight ball, a toy car, a movie stub, a calculator, a fork, army men, a roll of tape, a stick of lipstick, a pet rock, some cd’s, a cookbook and a cuddly teddy bear to name a few. The room is an interesting mix of mismatched items and bits and bobs that have been collected together and displayed proudly for any visitors. 

b) The walls are brick and there are no windows, a solitary broken lightbulb hangs from the ceiling. In the middle of the floor there are a few fast food boxes, inside each one is little bedspread. There are empty food wrappers piling up in one corner and beginning to smell. The room doesn’t look like it has ever been tidied or cleaned properly! There are suspect stains everywhere from what looks like numerous food fights. There are a couple of posters, with noticeable wear and rips in them.  There are some interesting items displayed on a few shelves which are mounted close to the ground, and the room is an interesting mix of strange and ordinary items that are found around the house, they are not displayed with much care, and appear to be shoved together as the collection has grown. 

 

Character entrances and narrative

What does it say about the character. You can only make a first impression once, and its very important to show what kind of character they are. it is a chance to tell the audience something about the character.

  1. Theme is conveyed by the characters entrance.
  2. The entrance should invite the audience into the characters world.
  3. And introduce the characters flaw(s).
  4. Anticipation is vital for introductions.
  5. Choose the right scene to introduce your character.
  6. Characters entrances must be memorable.
  • Objective: make your character stand out in their own entrance scene.
  • Exercise: write a scene that introduces your character. Use descriptions, props, wardrobe and dialogue that give your character a unique voice.
  • Remember: Introduction scenes are often scenes of the ‘status quo’, the character living their everyday life before an inciting incident propels the character in to a new conflict.
  • Hints: Actions speak louder than words. If your character is in a group, have them do something specific and unique that makes them memorable and interesting.

IDEA:

Pizza bread man is in the basement with his brothers and sisters, they are playing a video game and pizza bread man is pretending to be a time explorer hero again with half a banana guy. So this is introducing him in a comical way, pretending to be a hero – even though he’s already a very silly character – this helps to show that immediately to the audience.

The disruption could be another object brought to life come crashing into the basement, with the news that the superhero (that brought them all to life) is in trouble and they need to do something! What will we do? Then our hero pizza slice steps up and suggests they go to save him – while the other character respond to this (like are you kidding? you?! save anything? you’ve never even been outside!! etc..) We will learn that he is not afraid and even if he was he wants to do the right thing – he also wants to be a hero like dad.

 

[1] http://www.creativebloq.com/character-design/tips-5132643 [accessed feb 2016]