Thursday, 14 February 2013

Story Telling - Final Story (End of Stage One)

Story Idea Final
After a lengthy few days deciding on the numerous ideas I had I've now fixated on one idea that was shaped by my creative partner Alex and Tutor Phil. This is the final idea that I am taking forward into Stage 2 of the Project (pre-production).
I am going to use aspects from my other ideas to help me shape the story out and give it a bit of depth.
Here is a breakdown of my forwarded Idea:

The Story is about a suicidal Fish who tries everything to end his life. He starts to use the unknowing and unimportant Window Washer to help kill him.
Theme: Simplistic, Comical, Dark Humour Controversial
Premise: If you want something done well, Do it yourself (or something funnier relating to the story)
Log Line: Finley is a miserable, angry, pathological fish who is fixated on killing himself using any means possible. He gets a thrill from thinking of disturbing methods and trying to act them out.
Conflict: Internal - The fact he is a Fish makes it harder for him to physically accomplish his true ambition and his misery of being in captivity.
Treatment: The story starts with the Window Cleaner laying dead on a Morgue table with a Fish Bowl on his head, the story then goes slightly back in time to show how he got there in the first place:

Finley is a middle aged fish who lives in a deserted Pet Shop (Aquarium) and is fixated on harming himself to end his miserable lonely life in circular captivity. He swims around his bowl hopelessly hitting the decorative poster of his bowl. He dreams of being in the place of the poster and stares longingly at it. (This creates Sympathy from the audience) He dreams of bigger and better things and wishes to become an adventurer and believes that if he kills himself in this life, he might get a chance of happiness in the next. But because of his physical disadvantage he cannot achieve any serious attempts on his life. However, One day a newly hired Window Washer comes to the mysteriously deserted shop (pet shop/aquarium) who is contracted to clean all the glass and tanks of the place. Finley sees this as his perfect opportunity to live out his addiction to suicide. The Window Cleaner, Bob Bubbles, is completely unaware of the Fish's intention and is a humble, unknowing, clumsy character. He carries on with his job without realising the pathological Fish's actions. The Story is mainly about the Fish and his attempts of self harm and the Window Cleaner is the secondary action. The Fish tries many ways of killing himself, with each attempt progressively worse than the previous one, like jumping into the Washer's bucket of bleach in the hope that the fumes will kill him or the force of being mistaken for a sponge and used by Bob to clean the windows. Ultimately, the irony is that the Window Washer is the one who dies as a consequence of the Fish's actions. This reveals possibly what happened to the Pet Shop Owner which made it became deserted and what could have made Finley lose his mind- Isolation, desperation and loneliness.

The story then turns full circle to the last shot and reveals the beginning again; the Window Cleaner laying in a morgue with a Fish Bowl on his head, the fish's whereabouts is unknown.

Fish - Finley
Window Cleaner - Bob Bubbles, Mr. Washee Employee
Fish Bowl
Morgue - Secondary Place
Pet Shop - Main Place
Initial Influences:
Klaus the Fish (American Dad)
Linguini (Ratatouille)
Suicide Bunny Comics

1 comment:

  1. Hey Matt - you don't need me to tell you that you've seriously got to pick up the pace now; you need to get visual now - storyboards into animatic, and quickly!

    Also - Alan has emailed me, concerned in regard to your Maya progress; short version is he's failed you at this formative stage because you've simply not completed them (or posted them?). Come on, Matt - you know the importance of this term. Make yourself proud.