Sunday, 11 January 2015

From Script to Screen - further ideas and initial sketches

I've decided to develop further an idea I had for my three choices from the mysterious blue box, which were Clown, Kitchen & Paintbrush.
The story revolves around two main characters, a 'Clown' and a 'Ballerina' (?). The two characters are best friends, have known each other all their lives and are around 3 years old. :)
They are at nursery together playing in the toy kitchen in fancy dress (obviously as a clown and a ballerina). A little scrap breaks out and they fight in typical toddler fashion; pushing & pinching etc. Ballerina then pulls off Clown's colourful afro wig and hits him with it, which is the last straw for Clowny! Clown rips off Ballerina's tutu and storms off to the art area. While painting (with the paintbrush), he notices Ballerina distraught in the background, her tutu in tatters. He feels bad and so paints a pictures of her. (and maybe gives her his Clown neck-ruffle to use as a tutu?)
I wish my object was a tutu as this story would work so much better!! Think I definitely need to incorporate the paintbrush in some more so will keep my thinking cap on. Meanwhile, here are some initial quick sketches I did during my thinking time! Enjoy and please leave feedback! :) 


  1. Hi Emma, I like the fact that your characters are children playing at being the characters - that's a nice loosening up of the characters. Personally, I don't think you're yet using the kitchen really in a proactive sense; I can imagine how a child might, using a paintbrush, turn their kitchen in the semblance of a circus - i.e. painting kitchen stuff to resemble other performers in the circus; or how about this (just thinking out loud here) the 'paintbrush' could be one of these: (a pastry brush)

    Maybe your character is in fact a lowly potwash boy/girl who dreams of running away to the circus - and maybe there's a clowning audition - and maybe the potwash boy uses the the pastry brush to a) apply his face-paint, or b) turns the kitchen at night into a circus (painting stuff up to resemble other characters) so he can rehearse or...

    Anyway - by making him a lowly potash boy in some fast-food kitchen (or similar) you're using the environment to tell us something very quickly about his quality of life, and of course it's not uncommon for artists and performers to be working in these kinds of minimum wage jobs... anyway, just some additional thoughts!

    1. Great, thanks Phil. I'd thought about having a kitchen worker dreaming of being a clown, but I hadn't thought of it being a child. The children idea came later, so it'd be great to incorporate the two. I'll get on it! :)