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    Watch the Baby! A new Shrock N Roll cartoon!

    Something I have been doing, but keeping secret. It's called "Watch the Baby!" It's in the style of classics like "Feed the Kitty." What do y'all think? I think it could be really fun, but as my condition worsens, I have a more difficult time working on it, I hope I can get 4 or 5 minute cartoon dome in time to enter a few film festivals later this year. All in Lightwave 9.6.1 Here is a video storyboard showing the look of the cartoon, this is about the first 30 seconds or so.

    Basically, I might be asking for help at some points, as I just can't physically do some of the work and expect to be timely.

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    So, would anyone be interested in collaborating on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shrox View Post
    So, would anyone be interested in collaborating on this?
    Oh! You wanted collaborators.

    You are so coy... ;-)

    I might be tempted... go on...
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    Cool, I was wondering if I was on some blacklist or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shrox View Post
    Cool, I was wondering if I was on some blacklist or something.
    Ha! Good one.

    I would be happy to put a couple of ideas here and there.

    How about the Dad wakes up after the knives hit the wall and pin the robot? Then he could come in half awake and grab something from the fridge and not notice anything is wrong, eat his food/beverage at his chair and fall back asleep?
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    "I don't have it... you want half my omelette?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazmat777 View Post
    Ha! Good one.

    I would be happy to put a couple of ideas here and there.

    How about the Dad wakes up after the knives hit the wall and pin the robot? Then he could come in half awake and grab something from the fridge and not notice anything is wrong, eat his food/beverage at his chair and fall back asleep?
    I have a script and all the models done. Dad does turn over once in a while and mumble something. After the robot has spent the whole time saving the baby, Mom comes home, sees the robot all banged up and dirty. Then she says "I told you to keep this dirty dangerous thing away from the baby!" The robot sighs, and falls over backwards.

    The problem now is my hands are really starting to hurt and I can only do about 1/4 of what I could. It's very s-l-o-w.
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    I am drawing from several fun ideas from the classics, like Feed the Kitty, one of my favorites. Not "stealing" them, more an homage to the great slap stick Warner Bros stuff. And with a nice Pixar look.
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    I totally see it as an homage. Classic work. I wish could help, but it sounds like you are pretty far along in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazmat777 View Post
    Since this takes place in the future, at one point a Mr. Fusion type appliance goes wild while baby is blissfully unaware of the danger. Kind of like how Bugs ducks under the machine gun spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shrox View Post
    Since this takes place in the future, at one point a Mr. Fusion type appliance goes wild while baby is blissfully unaware of the danger. Kind of like how Bugs ducks under the machine gun spray.
    What about having the Wife come home and saying to the robot, "I told you to keep the house clean!". Then the baby could laugh and the robot faints/falls over.

    Very similar to what you wrote earlier, but a subtle difference might be fun.

    I'm sure you don't want to give to much away of the story this early, so those are just a couple ideas that came to mind. Looking forward to seeing how this comes together.
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    the "classic" way of these cartoons take a few things into consideration,

    1) the baby does not look for danger, he is an innocent. The danger is always unseen and unknown to the baby, obvious to the casual observer (or robot)
    2) the toon's POV is usually from the POV of the 'hero'. So, if you look up from the lower POV of the robot, this will make the view of the home be large and distorted.
    3) Also, isolating the "adults"... not showing them from above the knee, or showing the hand falling into the frame to show him asleep. The baby and the robot at the only full-frame person in the piece.
    4) Babies are attracted to bright things, simple colors, and things they want to eat. :-)

    the suggestions have been REALLY good. If you want to collaberate (ie get me to do some work) write me (willsilver(at)gmail etc) and we can Skype.

    Good luck to you on the project...
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    re watching Feed the Kitty... you need to make the characters more... Pixar / Disney / WB's like... larger heads, bigger hands (three fingers? Maybe...) and feet. Also, the fact that you know what Marc Anthony is thinking means you need to get some distortion-ability in the face. Take a look at the Anime piece from LWG and look at this on Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/search?q=lightwave) and go to about 9 mins there is a Lightwave character that uses distortions on his face... esp. when the young boy is licked by the llama. THAT is what I'm looking for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LW_Will View Post
    the "classic" way of these cartoons take a few things into consideration,

    1) the baby does not look for danger, he is an innocent. The danger is always unseen and unknown to the baby, obvious to the casual observer (or robot)
    2) the toon's POV is usually from the POV of the 'hero'. So, if you look up from the lower POV of the robot, this will make the view of the home be large and distorted.
    3) Also, isolating the "adults"... not showing them from above the knee, or showing the hand falling into the frame to show him asleep. The baby and the robot at the only full-frame person in the piece.
    4) Babies are attracted to bright things, simple colors, and things they want to eat. :-)

    the suggestions have been REALLY good. If you want to collaberate (ie get me to do some work) write me (willsilver(at)gmail etc) and we can Skype.

    Good luck to you on the project...
    Thanks. The script is already done, it does incorporate classic cartoon comedy hi-jinx and shots, like the Mom is shot from waist down. It's already planned out, I am roughing out the shots and animation, I'd like help smoothing things out, (making sure things don't self interest, slip through the floor, better lighting, etc. and I imagine the baby's rig will have problems too.)

    This baby is "looking for trouble", only baby thinks it's just something fun and interesting, like pulling the dangling cord of something that knocks the knife rack over. Somethings might change, like the knives could just handles that activate like light sabers.

    I just mentioned Feed the Kitty because it's a favorite and I couldn't remember the names of other classics I liked. The WB classic Merrie Melodies of the 40's to early 60's is the "canon" I guess.
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    I'll start posting in the WIP section, I'll have a few clips to show shortly.
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