PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF

After listening to quite a few episodes again I decided upon the episode called 'Spider House'. In this episode Jeff & Anthony discuss a story about a family in Missouri, USA that had to flee their home after 4,500 to 6,000 spiders came 'bleeding out of the walls'. It's funny because I actually avoided listening to this one as the story creeped me out to much but I eventually did and it quickly became one of my favourite episodes. There are so many great comedy bits in this one that I struggled to decide on just one so I emailed the guys to see what their preference was. They ended up going with a section where the spiders are comically planning an attack and I can now start to storyboard. I also had begun the character design process and made a small test animation which I included in the email to show them the direction I was going in. I also downloaded the audio from the episode which I will cut down to the clip I need so that I can take it into Adobe Animate to sync the animation to. 

I've also been doing some research into other animated shows like this that have taken podcast audio and animated along to it. The most obvious example of this is 'The Ricky Gervais Show' that was produced by HBO and was based around the record-breaking podcast of the same name. In this interview (www.awn.com/animationworld/ricky-gervais-gets-animated) supervising producer, Marge Dean talks about the process of creating the show, the inspiration behind the art style and scheduling. There is a line in this interview where Dean says that at first the character designers were over complicating the designs until Ricky Gervais said to simplify them. 

There is another example that is much more closely related to what I will be doing with this project and that in 'The Co-Optional Podcast' animation series on Youtube. 'The Co-Optional Podcast' is a weekly gaming-related podcast hosted by John "TotalBiscuit" Bain, Jesse Cox and Brooke "Dodger" Lawson. The podcast usually lasts between 2-3 hours with some of the conversations then being turned into 2-3 minute animations by JulianGD3.