Friday, April 22, 2011

Assignment 5; Final Project (weekly) - Comic Book Treatment in 4-Parts

Label “Treatments”

Post title: “(Title of Story) by (Name)”

-These are weekly stages:

1. Idea

2. Story

3. Appropriation

4. 1st draft, 2nd draft

-One post only: re-edit original post every week as you complete each stage

1. Idea stage: (Consider Orson Scott Card’s Chapter on World Creation – 1. Where Ideas Come From.) Write 2 one-sentence ideas. Come up with 2 seemingly unrelated ideas, with the intention that the two ideas will combine into one story (which you'll deal with in stage 2). Also, please note where each idea came from (i.e. dream, news, doodling, watching or reading something, etc.). 1 week to complete.

2. Story stage: (Consider Freytags Five-Part Dramatic Structure) Write a 5-sentence synopsis. Write a sentence for (1) Back-story, (2) Rising action, (3) Climax, known as the “turning point” (4) Falling Action, and (5) Denouement. !! Big Picture vs Short Story: Some of you will be working on really big ideas, stories that could take hundreds of pages to tell - this could pose a serious problem for you during stage 4. of this final assignment, because you will have to create a 3~30 page beta comic based off of this 5 sentence synopsis. So if your story is too big for a short story comic, you will need to write an additional 5-sentence synopsis of a Short Story that takes place in the Big Picture. 1 week to complete.

Example for Big Picture & Short Story all-in-one:

(1) The Turtle and the Shark is one of the most popular Samoan legends. (2) It tells the story of a man and a woman who are to be separated by the King Malietoafaiga. (3) To avoid separation, they flee to another island. (4) However, fearing their act of disobedience would bring dishonor on their families, they willingly gave up their lives at the cliffs of Vaitogi. (5) The gods had mercy on them and transformed them into a turtle and a shark to live together, forever. (c) Ryan Woodward 2009

Example for Big Picture story synopsis with an additional Short Story synopsis:

Big Picture: (1) When a rogue faction of an advanced alien race invades the inhabitants of an early industrial planet, the alien’s peaceful faction initiates a premature first contact in hopes to offer protection. (2) But because alien resources are limiting, society is gathered into major cities; the alien protectors must limit their hand in technological advancement despite the dangerous and strange things that are happening everywhere. (3) As a result from these two races living together, a handful of individuals across the planet, both native and alien, are forced to deal with a strange metamorphosis as they begin to develop peculiar abilities – abilities that were the rogue faction’s aim since the beginning. (4) While estranged on both sides, it becomes clear that these special individuals are the key to stopping members of the rogue faction – most of who have full command of these new abilities. (5) Conflict leads to the uncovering of the planet’s secret origin – leaders of the aliens and natives acknowledge that they are on the brink of a new evolution, and that they are in it together. (c) Jared Greenleaf 2011

Short Story (30 or less pages): (1) A doubtful young alien-girl hybrid, who is an alien ambassador, is on route via the ropeway to deliver the all important (hand-sized) detection device to a city recently connected to the ropeway system. (2) A “grinner” attacks; taking two “guardians” out, the girl is next. (3) She surprises herself (and the grinner) by putting up an amazing fight – with powers she never thought she had. (4) The grinner is too powerful and is about to finish her off, but decides to take off - reinforcements arrive. (5) The ambassador reaches the city, puts on a strong show to distance herself from the city leaders; the first moment she is alone she breaks down crying. (c) Jared Greenleaf 2011

3. (a) Appropriation & Style test + (b) Short story supplement stage: Find a place in Provo (or the surrounding area, or from pictures of a place from your hometown growing up, or a place you’ve visited and have photo or sketch documentation), and appropriate that place into a scene in your world. Make a fully-realized three-panel style example, and while you don’t need to push any sort of plot or narrative, at least one panel needs text. In this stage of the assignment, you will give us a taste of what your finished comic will look like in terms of style and execution.


(c) Jake Wyatt 2011

In addition to the 3 panel style example, you will need to answer these 4 questions:

What is your story's (b1) dominant MICE quotient?

(b2) Primary Conflict?

(b3) Theme?

(b4) Major World rules and limitations?

I'll post an example on Miazaki's Nausicaa here.

1 week to complete both parts (a) and (b).

!! Make a NEW POST for your Beta Comic. Make sure the post title has the word Beta Comic in it !!

(Blogger has irritating bugs when it comes to adding a lot of images to an existing post, which is why its easier to just make a post exclusively for your Beta Comic)

4. Beta comic Stage: Create a 3~30 page beta comic (beta-comic example). Go over the Paul Pope example that is posted. In addition to that is Jake Parker's well thought out presentation on Panel Layout. And finally, you can also refer to the Short Story Comic Examples provided on the column of this blog. Then, rough out a 1st draft on your own. Post it so that I can make a brief check on readability. Taking into account my notes, work on readability and then post your 2nd draft. 1st draft due 1 week after part 3.; final draft due last day of class.

-Note that while 2 is contingent on 1, and that 4 may be contingent on 2 & 3, there is nothing stopping you from starting on 3 as soon as possible, as that has to do more with a look and feel than it does the development of a story from an idea.

By the end of this final, you will have the components to create a very sustainable property or treatment - Check out Catfish Deluxe for great examples of this.

(extra) 5. Don’t Stop! From here on out its up to you; come up with goals, work parallel to other story-makers, give and receive help, keep in contact! Now you're ready to take the sequential-art class provided by the Illustration Area.

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