Adventure Character Design
Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:36 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:17 PM
Captain Heroic web series
Captain Heroic: a simplistic, stylized and adventure-type hero
This quick sketch represents an initial look at the character (general direction)
Goal: Use Captain Heroic in a manner best suited to animation (not live action)
Task 1: Explore the Idea and the Design
Task 1.1: Focus on redesigning the Character (as we are not partial to the current design)
Task 2: Expand the Main Idea
Task 2.1: Collect Feedback (constructive of course) to set the stage and determine parameters for the show.
As I see it there are two approaches that can be taken more or less simultaneously. One can be locked down while the other has no practical end to it.
From one angle you've got the realities of math. (X number of webisodes at a specified length and frequency with a given number of people producing the show)
While the math is usually considered the most boring it is the easiest and the most important in that it gives the parameters within the show must work.
The beauty in this is that the math helps to channel creativity into the space that will eventually be occupied by the completed shows.
The math will outline/dictate/reveal the extent of the production workload and help in outlining a schedule for it.
The second angle is from the Storyteller's POV so much of that relies on and awaits further clarification of your vision and intepretation of who the character is... and isn't. Exploring who he is and what motivates him will ensure everyone is interested in knowing more about his story.
Marketability (The key idea of the show):
Why will anyone pay to see this show?
Disregard for a moment that you expect not to charge anyone to see the show... pretend for a moment. What will make that audience want to watch and and then return again for the next show. While they may not pay money to see it they'll need to pay attention to keep a web series viable. Are you able to take the key idea all the way to the audience (or bring them to you) and deliver consistently on schedule?
Primary Obstacle: Consideration of how many other characters are also named 'Captain Heroic' and associated costs of securing the trademark.
Primary question to answer: Who is Captain Heroic?
Not everyone has seen the Youtube Captain Heroic adventures. Don't make anyone go look for them.
Link those reference in so that others can easily consider them. Especially link in those references you deem critical to the direction of the show.
Brainstorming Suggestion: In addition to 'word pictures' collect reference images for Look Development. (Google)
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:50 PM
I'll tackle the last one first. Already did, got mostly pictures of Indiana Jones.
As for Captain Heroic, here's the best of the episodes produced:
Now, the best way to tackle some of the other items is to outline what the original series goals and ideas were back in the day.
Captain Heroic (there was once a comic by the same title online but that disappeared when I checked last about 6 months ago). Do note, the name as well is subject to change should a better one come up!
Ok, Captain Heroic originally was supposed to at least pay a little bit of tribute to the sci-fi cartoons of the 60s (thus its poorly executed somewhat retro style). Heroic was supposed to be a sci-fi adventurer/hero of sorts who would travel around in his ship and save people and get into situations. Best analogy is Doctor Who meets Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, most of my inspiration at the time followed the plot lines of Doctor Who a little too closely, ie, Heroic is from an ancient race that has since disappeared due to a massive war fought with Heroic's arch-nemesis Lordship Goriath (also of his people so a large scale civil war). Since the war, most of the advanced tech from his race has disappeared and all that really remains is his little ship (which is more powerful than it looks). Sound familiar? Yep, that's the plot of Doctor Who post 2005.
As for the math, the original series outline was each season containing 6 episodes. Each episode was around 10 minutes in length and the Season Finale was supposed to end in a cliffhanger to lead into Season 2. Never completed the full season for the old series.
So for this one, time has made me cautious though I still retain my ambition despite all the failures or incompletions, so right now, the math would be a single pilot episode of 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops because it's the pilot. Depending on how well that goes over/is received, would like to do 5 more episodes at about 5 minutes per episode. Also, I would very much intend for it to be free and getting viewers is of course a skill in and of itself, so really, I'm looking more at being personally content that I made something from start to finish
With all that said, answering who is Captain Heroic is indeed a tricky one. With such a short format a simpler character might be beneficial (not certain). Regardless of what depth he has and no matter how anti-21st century this is, Captain Heroic I would like to be a clear cut good guy. Not that he doesn't have flaws or make mistakes or anything, but like Tintin, he's a solid character with a good set of moral values, there for the needs of the galaxy, there to help and stand up against evil. Again his primary antagonist would be his arch-nemesis Goriath.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:05 PM
What you are doing here is following in the path that George Lucas and Steven Spieldberg took before so you are in good company and Indiana Jones is certainly a good starting point. There will be a lot of references and inferences to be found. Fun! Adventure! Action!
The Challenge will be to differentiate your character in such a way that he is not Indiana Jones.
Background (original series goals and ideas):
Captain Heroic pays tribute to the sci-fi cartoons of the 60s (Doctor Who meets Indiana Jones)
Sci-fi adventurer/hero of sorts who travels around in his (space)ship saving people and getting into (interesting) situations
The Author (that'd be you) was originally inspired to follow the plot lines of Doctor Who a little too closely and Heroic was determined to be from an ancient race that disappeared after a massive civil war fought with Heroic's arch-nemesis Lordship Goriath. After the war most of the advanced tech from his race disappeared and the only remaining relic is his little ship (which is a lot more powerful than it looks).
A single pilot episode of 5 minutes (Not longer than 10 minutes)
Feedback will dictate additional episodes
Distribution: Free (to encourage viewers to support the series)
Distribtion Method: Youtube, A:M Films, etc. (anticipated)
Goal: Produce a completed pilot (Start to Finish)
Mid term (as greenlit):
Each season: Min (5 episodes) Max (6 episodes)
Each episode: Min (5 minutes) Max (10 minutes per)
Season Finale (the 6th Episode): A cliffhanger leading to (and partially resolved in) Season 2
Distrubiton Method: [Targeting critical technology at the opportune moment]
Goal: Personal contentment with being able to successfully tell Heroic's story.
Long term (Post Mortem): Unk
[Suggested Outcome: Disney so highly values Heroic's tale they agree to license the property on your terms. You turn them down but discuss options for other properties you'd like to see move forward. They agree and produce those features but continually strive to get you to agree to modified terms with Heroic included. You grow to a comfortable old age and die before a contract is signed so your family now has to make that important decision for you. Because you were thinking long term you already talked with them about this and even put it in your will so they know exactly what you want to do with Heroic. With the final contract signed, a new generation soon thrills to an all new episode of the continuing adventures of Captain Heroic. ]
So, who is Captain Heroic?
A simple and clear cut adventurer whose flaws and mistakes cannot keep him from being true to his character and never compromise his morals. Heroic will serve the needs of (the people of) the galaxy as he stands against tyranny in all its forms... especially against the threat of Goriath, his evil arch-nemesis.
As for Captain Heroic, here's the best of the episodes produced:
Checking them out.
I know for a fact I have seen them before... it's a vague memory... so I'm interested in seeing what my memory has recorded in comparison to the actual episodes. With luck I should be able to watch them tonight. I'll put my action adventuring glasses on.
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I assume there must be some some history behind both the title and the name.
In a way some of this exploration of character relates to what I might call 'the Wolverine factor'.
One of the things that really launched Marvel Comics character Wolverine to fame (other than the fact that he was kind of cool looking and the anti-hero in a significant way) is that he was such a mystery in comparison to the other characters. Little hints were dropped in every issue of the comic book and readers loved guessing how all of the pieces fit or did not fit in place.
If you read the interviews from Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Dave Cochrum, Lein Wein and others involved in Wolverine's characterization they all had different and varying ideas about who the character was. Most admit they were largely winging it until they could more fully flesh out the character. They were all refining who who was page by page by page. This perhaps more than any other factor is why ideas that are not fully formed work well with serialization. In a completed work we cannot reveal something that isn't already there. Serially we can.
This is not generally the best way to form a character but it is probably one of the better ways when you don't know who a character is. The general idea being to reveal something and see how well it sticks to the character. As inconsistencies arise, be creative in writing those inconsistencies away.
For the reveal from the last episode select the following invisitext:
"Captain Heroic was not himself because he was replicated and replaced. The text actually states this even going so far as to say, 'This is not the Heroic we know and love'. That's because whoever this creature is... it isn't him."
Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:37 AM
Originally the name actually derives from the fact that during the civil war with his people, he was a captain and his "wing name" so to speak was Heroic. That was the original idea but not sure if I'll stick with that. However, here is more of the significant idea I had come up with eons ago.
Captain Heroic's race wasn't like typical life in the galaxy, divided by what they called sentient and non-sentient. The sentients were basically most humanoid like life (including humans). Heroic's race however was known as non-sentient life forms. Heroic's race was born like normal life except that the distinguishable difference was that they could control their life entity (usually referred to as essence). This essence was incredibly long lasting and gave the race an almost appearance of immortality, not just because of the incredible life span, but because while this essence inhabited a body, the body was seemingly indestructible, or at least had considerable resistance to most common forms of injury. The essence of a non-sentient could actually remove itself from its body and go to another one if it was skilled and strong enough. Now most of Heroic's race wasn't capable of this, but Heroic was naturally one of the gifted ones who could actually do it. So was his arch nemesis Goriath.
In a plot premise I came up with a few years ago, the penultimate episode for the season would have ended with Goriath discovering a way to extract the essence from Heroic to use it to power his mega-weapon which could destroy, convert or control all sentient life in the galaxy. The episode was to have ended with Goriath succeeding in doing this had having extracted Heroic's essence, destroyed Heroic's physical body. If you watch the original episodes, this is loosely where it's heading as Goriath makes his first attempt at this (but fails) in episode 1. In episode 3 we see a new space station designed by Goriath which was supposed to be attempt number 2. Again he was to fail as Heroic destroys the space station yet actually be oblivious as to what its true purpose was and what was to be in store for him by Episode 6, when Goriath would have amassed the largest space fleet since the Civil War and launched his assault on Heroic and finally succeed in extracting Heroic's essence and controlling the galaxy.
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