Category Archives: pitch

Idea Nuggets: Chicken Lady

One of the ideas that I have for our Idea Nuggets session of the Going Live project is from a video of Michelle Dobyne. As an eyewitness to a building fire she accounts her experience escaping it with her children. Her upbeat and defiant response to a fire breaking out inside her Oklahoma apartment and enthusiastic storytelling filled with African American colloquialisms went viral. When the brief for our Going Live project was given to us I thought that this particular video would be a good candidate to pitch. Not only was Michelle honest and unintentionally hilarious, I also could not stop picturing her as a mother hen. The Creature Comfort series animated by Aardman Studios was given to us as a reference point and I suppose my thoughts were already leaning in that direction. I set about searching for chicken references and illustrations and made some sketches of how I pictured the main interview shot of the animation to look like.

The rest of the team are also considering other ideas including Andrea’s crash test dummies and toys idea and I’m a little hesitant to develop my ideas for this one too much. So we will see at our next meeting which direction Axis and the class can agree to on. It is exciting to see how everyone has progressed and the process of developing ideas as a group has been a lot of fun so far.

Michelle Dobyne Viral Fire Interview


Chicken Lady Concept Sketches


Chicken Lady Concept Sketch

I found a sketch from las semester from when one night, on my way to the bathroom I tripped over one of the cats and injured my drawing hand. A quick trip to Ninewells later determined that nothing was broken only sore. I couldn’t draw with that hand so I tried to draw using life drawing videos as reference. I’ve been able to do so before but I am out of practice. Ambidexterity training is said to open new neural pathways between the left hemisphere of the brain and the right. As a child I favoured the use of my left hand more than the right, it was trained out of me by my parents. I am trying to use my left hand more often for everyday tasks. Hopefully it will become more dominant in the future and I will have taught myself to write with both hands.


Non-Dominant Hand Life Drawing


Idea Nuggets: Alan Watts

The next Idea Nugget that I pitched to the group is based around a short audio segment of a talk that philosopher Alan Watts gave titled Out Of Your Mind. In this segment he encourages the listener to explore the possibilities of life through looking at one’s dreams. To consider oneself as a part of the world and hence ‘not as something here on probation’. The group was open about pitching a more reflective and philosophical idea to Axis so Sheila and I paired the audio with a short video clip from WWF Hungary Paper World animation that was directed by László Ruska and Dávid Ringeisen. Krish had shown us the video and the pairing of philosophy and origami animals fitted. Most people can relate to the need to question one’s purpose of existences, the reasons why and how and what do I do with myself today. Animals however do not have feelings of existential crisis, paper animals less so I should think. But I find the connection between the three as one that makes sense. At this point I haven’t a clue as to how this pitch can be be realised in a proper animation production but for the moment I think that it’s worth putting on paper and pushing forward.

I  have box hidden somewhere in my flat filled to the brim with origami cranes. After spending money on fancy origami paper I realised that receipts are actually a lot better than washi origami paper if a person wants to fold a teeny tiny crane. There is a Japanese urban myth that claims that folding a thousand cranes within a year will grant you a single wish. Now that I am in the last and probably final stage of my formal education I think it’s time to get back to folding. Just for luck.


Cranes In a Box


The Smallest Crane I’ve Ever Folded

After stumbling over a drawing/painting tutorial by Loish, I felt inspired and fired up. I took a couple of hours off yesterday to sketch random female drawings but only produced a single page that I felt remotely satisfied with.


Some Sketches

Going Live (Lets Make Something Together)

Back in Uni! Everyone is set to work hard on our Going Live Project for Axis Animation Glasgow. The brief is to take a segmented audio file that is heart-warming/funny/tragic/crazy from the Jeremy Kyle Show or a similar source and create an animation to support the track. Our Idea Nuggets pitch is next week and I think I have a few ideas for it. Looking forward to see what we will come up with this semester.


I Didn’t Think To Take A Picture Of All Of Us But This Is Basically How We Looked (Image Source)