Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The Story So Far...

After many days discussing alternate endings and possible character situations I think as a team we have finally settled on an almost finished story. Here's how it stands at the moment.

The opening shot we're still not sure on yet. The location has been changed to a remote area of land just outside of Vegas, so Nevada ish. The set-up consists of two main buildings both opposite each other. One is a building ready for demolition, where the Hitman is waiting. Across the road is a Motel where the target is staying to keep a low profile and avoid the law. Next to the Motel is an old Gas Station, partly to give the area some extra character, but mainly to assist the ending.

As a team we have thought very hard about details within the environment. Such as telephone pylons, trees, city backdrop, etc. Secondary animation has also been considered to give the area some movement and life, but still giving the impression it's remote and a good few miles from the nearest town, city.

A tortoise is one of the characters living in the environment, because he contributes to one of the gags later in the short, we're considering having the tortoise slowly walking down the road as the opening shot and hint that he maybe a recurring character.


The Hitman then assembles his weapons and gadgets in the abandoned apartment building. Once the rifle is assembled he looks through the scope to get a better idea of his surroundings. Moves the sights toward a window to a motel room where a fat sleazy man is watching TV. The Hitman glances at his laptop, conforming one last time that the target is this very man and receives a beep indicating a message from HQ (TIME REMAINING). The target now in his chair eating a pizza. The Hitman at this time has a clear shot at the man through the window of the motel room. Just squeezing the trigger, a van pulls up outside and blocks the window. On the side of the Van in bold letters "ACME Bullet Proof Glass", the Hitman gives a look of disgust.

Time has passed and the van hasn't budged. The Hitman now frustrated, has to go to street level to deal with the target. Walking across the road to the motel he draws a landmine from his pocket and lays it on the targets doormat, and arms the device. Another message from HQ (HURRY UP!). Running like the wind he appears back in the abandoned apartment watching with excitement. Out the corner of his eye he sees a tortoise moving extremely slowly toward the mine. With this about to compromise the entire mission he fires on the tortoise only for the bullet to deflect off its shell. The Hitman even more tense, now deciding to go down there and deal with it. But has he got enough time? Deciding to stay, he watches as the mine is detonated by the tortoise leaving it unharmed but the mine destroyed.

Now Furious he runs toward the Motel, beeping like crazy. Out of pure hate he throws the message gadget into orbit. Only to hit a pizza delivery boy on his moped. The boy swerves into the way of a fuel truck. The truck also diverting course into the path of the petrol station next to the motel. The Hitman, standing still, so surprised, turns to the camera and looks extremely scared.

Cut to shot, a few miles away from the Motel, where a mushroom cloud expands in the distance. A tortoise shell falls in front of camera, then the arms, legs and head pop out and he begins walking off as if nothing happened.

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