Background: After reading the 3 extra credit assignments I started to apply the lessons learned to my adaptation. After much contemplation I eventually realized that my previous plans were out of my league but also went against many of the things I had just learned and agreed with. If I were to follow my current trajectory I would have to overhaul everything, requiring far too much time. Given this past week I concluded that I should start over but be very narrow in focus and so I started from scratch and this is what I have come up with.
Thoughts going into things: I wanted to write an original story around a quote. Having a journal full of them I wanted to expand one so the moral/ lesson learned is singular in focus contrary to my complicated and lengthy adaptation I wrote previously. The difficulty would first revolve around what moral I wanted (content) and the form in which I wanted to present it as.
Quotes under consideration:
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me”
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all”
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do”
“Actions speak louder than words”
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. Its the life in your years”
Antoine de Saint Exupery:
” A goal without a plan is only a wish”
“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for accomplishment”
“Change or stagnate. Keep moving or die”
“If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done before”
Charles Caleb Colton:
“The true measure of your character is what you do when nobody’s watching”
“Don’t let perfection become procrastination. Do it now”
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin is serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”
“Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid’
“It’s not the circumstances that determine who you’re gonna be but how you deal with these problems and pains that come your way”
- ” I do not fear death, I fear not living to my fullest”
- “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect”
Starting with these quotes and attempting to dissect them for a cohesive story line that did not hinge too much on words or symbolic actions was difficult but it helped me start creating a narrative. I believe many of these quotes are rather similar, revolving around action- more specifically one’s current state is based on their previous decisions and so if you want something different you must do something different. I am not sure what this says about me but I believe it is an invaluable and rather obvious call to action but something many people do not want to face. No one wants to acknowledge that they are solely responsible for the position the currently in because by doing so they have to acknowledge their short comings. That they could have done more if they truly did want to be something and so no matter if you are starting, in the middle of, or reflecting on ones life and choices this narrative has the ability to touch all ages and stages (In my opinion). It is different from the cinderella “rags to riches” because although it is always nice to see someone else accomplish something great by doing nothing, mine story, not necessarily a variation is more selfish in natures about how one’s efforts directly impact them. “The harder I work the more luck I seem to have” – Thomas Jefferson.
Draft of story:
Once upon a time in a far off land there was a little boy who never left his room. Too Frightened of the outside world he would spend his days reading in solitude. His parents tried to convince him to go outside but no matter their explanation he would never leave. Eventually they decided to bring him books hoping that if they couldn’t convince him a story might. At first they brought him fairy tales but it had no effect on the boy. They then brought him myths and epics but that did not work as well. As more and more books had no signs of an effect they started to bring anything they could find in hopes that something- anything would inspire him to leave his room. Eventually the parents made a last effort to get him to leave his room. Hoping to scare him out they gave him horror books.
As time went by the parents ran out of books to give and so they finally decided to make the boy leave his room by force. Walking into the room shocked the parents, a library they had never seen before and a little boy in the middle who was clean and smiling. Uneasy that the boy was willing to come outside with them-they walked together outside as everything fell into silence. For the first time in quite some time the Bright eyed boy spoke, “everything is so different from what I expected”. They replied ” what did you expect, why were you hiding from the outside for so long?” The boy walked around fascinated, ” I can read all about it, why would I risk going outside?”. The parents looked at each other and wasn’t sure what to say other than: “what are you afraid of? Aren’t you tired living someone else’s life?” The boy finished looking around the living room and quickly replied once again: “what if I don’t like what my life becomes, what if something goes wrong”. Both parents looked at each other:”What if you do not try- you will never know what you can do. What if you can do better?” The boy slowed down in response, “what if I do worst”. With a grin on their faces the parents gave the boy a hug, “you don’t know that”.
I wanted to create a simple story that would not be too abstract in meaning. Although setting up to the climax to many degrees can be complicated in itself, I believe there is one apparent moral of this story is: What if you do not try- you will never know what you can do. The idea came from my neighbor who, ever since she was 3 was addicted to her iPad, so much os that the outside world vanished and she would not leave her room or acknowledge anyone when she was watching something. The modern version of a book I believe is a video- both can be extremely useful or limiting depending on how it is utilized and so I wanted to create a scenario where It was an inhibitor in comparison to something that facilitates someone. People interpret stories different and we assume everyone sees it only at face value because it is so simplified but what if someone doesn’t look at cinderella with praise? There are other possibilities to be assumed and so I kinda of wanted to play on that and create a short story that can be interpreted very differently. Although my execution is rather poor I am still working on it. That being said the medium in which I will use will be equally as important as the story and since this is told in 3rd person there will need to be words in my mind and so I can or should animate several scenes on repeat. In respect to the art form I am leaning towards unreal because I want to work with that software and so despite the discord between the story and medium in my mind it might be able to be pulled off- I guess I will have to try and see.
I will have 2 locations, the room the boy is in and the living room where the parents drop the book off every day as well as the final scene will take place. My aim is to keep the little boy in a cartoon styled room and look to feel childish and fantasy based while when he leaves the room everything is more realistic in appearance like his parents aesthetic. I want to illustrate how the art styles and perception of things change- this divide will help the narration draw the line between reality and imagination to some extent.
Figures as of now:
Father and mother