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“This is what you need”, gathering references

Posted on September 28, 2011  12 Comments
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As I was saying yesterday, I have started working on a new shot based on Stars Wars Episode 03 – Revenge of the Sith but I am treating one of the major turning point of the series with a twist. Here is my version of the story, Star Wars fan boys don’t hate me ;-)

Anakin Skywalker left Tatooine years ago and is a college drop out who currently works part time as a Costco business delivery boy to fund a life which is not leading anywhere as he is very remotely interested in pursuing any professional career.

The Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is a very driven man who fuels his very busy schedule and around the clock meetings by drinking Diet Moutain Dew instead of coffee. Coffee upsets his stomach but the kick provided by Mountain Dew and its sweet taste without the sugar intake seem to work wonder for the health-conscious Chancellor and his office has become such a regular delivery address for the young Anakin Skywalker that Palpatine and him have become very good friends. The Emperor has become a bit of a confident and a father figure but Palpatine is getting increasingly tired of Anakin wasting his life and he has today decided to help him out to get a job and is trying to convince the young man to work for him….”

I need to clarify that I am not addicted to Diet Mountain Dew and I would probably recommend not to drink any Diet sodas or eat anything containing aspartame. Eat five fruits a day instead and drink a large glass of fresh water instead of coffee everytime you crave for caffeine, unless you live next to Philz ;-)

Right, back to the shot, make sure you check my previous post in the first place just to situate the sequence in the movie. Here are my references and customisations I applied to the Animation Mentor rig Bishop to sell the story better. I am still missing the Darth Vader outfit but this is not the priority for now. it will come at a later time.

Now what about the audio clip you may wonder, well, once again, I found a great clip in a very unlikely movie which I will not reveal for now. As soon as I heard the clip I immediately saw it as a worthy contender as it contains humour without being 11 seconds club funny and the sound and music in the background contribute to create an ambiance and make it very dramatic. A very cinematographic audio clip for which I could immediately picture the facial expressions of the character.

I then started thinking about a situation that could work with the context and make the clip even more funny and came up with the story above.

I will post my layout and acting ideas in few days once I have those worked out. Here is the audio clip with the facial expressions I came up with in the meantime. The audio is slightly offsync but the acting should be clear enough. Don’t make fun of me I know I am a cartoon ;-)

Related post:
Emotional beats, Star Wars Episode 03


12 Responses to ““This is what you need”, gathering references”

  1. Faisal on September 28th, 2011 21:29

    Haha I think this idea is killer, Olivier.

    Can’t wait to see the staging.

  2. Tim Sormin on September 29th, 2011 11:27

    Sounds like the audio is “disco” Santa Claus not “Disney” Santa Claus – did you change the caption on purpose?

  3. Olivier Ladeuix on September 29th, 2011 22:27

    ahaha well spotted Tim! Actually no I didn’t pay attention and for some reason I assumed he was saying “Disney” instead of Disco. Thanks!

  4. Olivier Ladeuix on September 29th, 2011 22:27

    hehe thanks Faisal. Yes coming up with cool ideas is not hard but the execution is where the challenge is at. My mentor is Victor Navone so that should help ;-)

  5. LeeAnn on October 2nd, 2011 19:52

    Hey Olivier! It was nice to meet you at APE over the weekend. It looks like your shot is going to be a lot of fun :)

    I think I remember you asking for the html code to embed a quicktime. (I’m hoping it shows the code instead of making it since there’s no URL)

    Add “15” more to height to show the controls

    Good luck on your shot!

  6. LeeAnn on October 2nd, 2011 19:56

    yeah, no, that didn’t work, sorry for a double post, here’s the code, I’m going to put periods after everything, there are no actual periods in the code except for “” but the spaces are supposed to be there.


    Add “15” more to the height of your movie to show the controls. Hope this works this time

  7. LeeAnn on October 2nd, 2011 19:57

    well, that didn’t work again. I’m really sorry for the unnecessary posting. If you want the URL you can email me and I’ll send it as an text file attachment.

  8. Olivier Ladeuix on October 2nd, 2011 20:21

    hey LeeAnn, yes it was nice meeting you yesterday. Nope I don’t think I was asking you about the Quicktime trick but thanks for the reminder. i will check out your website

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