Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Eggs Benedict: Hardboiled Detective
I had this idea a few years ago that I pitched to Nelvana. The title just about says it all: Eggs Benedict: Hardboiled Detective. It was a film noire-type story about a Mike Hammer-type of detective trying to stay honest in a corrupt town full of rotten eggs. The tag line was: In a world full of eggs, everyone's fragile. Yeah, I know: corny. I said there would be bad guys, and shooting guns, and spilt egg yokes, and car chases, and vice, and action ... all the stuff that you wouldn't want your kids watching. Well, the people at Nelvana thought the idea was "too young", meaning it was aimed at kids in the 5 to 9 year old range, and they passed. I thought that was weird because I was aiming for it to be seen by a much older audience, but I kept the rights and walked away with an interesting experience.
Eggs has changed a bit since my pitch a few years ago. Today he has longer arm and legs, and his nose has a bit of a kink in it. I still go back to it from time to time to do a bit more development. Hopefully, something will come of it someday.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
In The Beginning
Like most of the story ideas I get, this one started out as a drawing of one of the main characters, Cedrick. It was about a chance meeting between a caveman, C.M., and a dinosaur, Cedrick, and the friendship that developed from there. The idea was that C.M. was a bit of a genius who lived for scientific discovery, but who was being forced into marriage with the Princess of the tribe who was the ultimate spoiled bitch. C.M. escapes, but is ordered hunted down by the Chief who is no match for his daughters lover-scorned anger. C.M. runs into Cedrick who has problems of his own. The dinosaurs want to wipe out humans because they apparently are a huge threat, but he wants no part of it because he's a peaceloving herbavore. The dinosaurs want to silence Cedrick, the humans want C.M. to force him to marry the Princess, and C.M. discovers that there is a meteor rushing towards earth and has figure out a way to save everything.
It was one of those idea that I kept going back to do more development, but it never went anywhere. I did a 20-second bit of test animation with John Lithgow's voice from "Third Rock From The Sun" and I thought that Brad Garratt from "Everybody Loves Raymond" would have been a great voice for C.M.. Enjoy.
The first drawing of Cedric and an early one for C.M..
An early location done in pencil. The yellow discolouration is the krylon spay fixative I used for the first (and last) time.
The Chief of the tribe and C.M. being chased by a hunting party.
Some ideas for locations.