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Episode 250

Postby Dances with Ponies » Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:38 pm

My thoughts on the “Episode 250: Animation bible?” episode.

First, I acknowledge that the entire process of getting an animated series made - from start to finish - will a long task. However, we should break this down into manageable segments, similar to any other major writing project that we have already done in the past.

From what I’ve read about studio production, our one task is to sell Tri Tac Games to studios, who then do the majority of the work, with moderate to little input from our design team. However, many in the animation industry do listen to their fans. Case in point, Derpy Hooves and her obsession with muffins was a fan made personality trait that was made cannon in the actual show.

The next logical step is to decide which game will be written up as a forty page animation pitch bible. This document would describe the core ideas to get the show production started such as describing the main characters, settings, and one paragraph episode outlines. Forty pages will not be hard to write, as most of the information will be cutting and pasting from the preexisting game manuscripts.

Note: This animation pitch bible is written to sell the series, not be a production manuscript.

Then, ask in a nice way one of Richard’s Hollywood connections that he talked about during the podcast to review our pitch bible.

That pitch bible could also be reworked for other media projects, such as video games, novels, and online comics.

Second, I suggest looking at the two to eight minute long, Ever After High webisodes.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... ZAVsKEr43l

Only after two webisode seasons did Mattel make the forty-five minute long Thronecoming episode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpbMMSQh18

Using short webisodes could give us high quality animation in a sort amount of time.

Third, we could create a demonstration short of what we want our animated series to look like. The downside is that this will take much work. The upside is that it will be a great selling point for our proposed series. For an example of a high quality amateur animation short, watch Fallout: Equestria - The Radio Play (Season 1, Episode 1 Part 1).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4zolq9fF8c

My last point is that Wasahbe’s Plague Stop would be a cool story for a more adult animated series. I can imagine that the Plague Stop is outside the pathway space explored by IDET teams.

You have a small core cast of freelancers and no IDET support until the core characters find an IDET patrol, outpost, or hidden supply depot.

The background characters, those residents and pathway merchants have a role in asking the main cast questions to act as an audience surrogate. The core cast will take on the role of an experienced Batman, while the background characters take on the role on an inexperienced Robin.

I was inspired to propose this idea by the 1986 comic ‘Xenozoic Tales’ by Mark Schultz that was renamed as the ‘Cadillacs and Dinosaurs’ animated series in 1993 that premiered on CBS Kids. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs would make a good story arc for a Tri Tac Games series.

Sorry I missed the message for the podcast, as for some reason the message didn’t appear in my e-mail account. I’ll be happy to join the next discussion for writing an animation pitch bible for a Tri Tac Game.

Note: Richard needs to know that some of his fans are willing to invest their time and talent in this project. Thus, if you would like an opportunity to create one or more animated series based on his amazing Tri Tac Games, please leave a message of who you are and what you are willing to do.
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Re: Episode 250

Postby Dances with Ponies » Thu May 14, 2015 12:17 am

I see many reasons why we should make a Fringeworthy video web series similar to RWBY.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RWBY

Remember that the now popular ‘South Park’ started out as two animated shorts that Trey Parker and Matt Stone created in 1992 and 1995. There is no reason why we cannot achieve the same, if not greater, success.
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Re: Episode 250

Postby Dances with Ponies » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:59 pm

Gene Roddenberry wrote his first successful television scripts while working full-time as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. We don’t have any real excuses not to write pitch bibles and scripts for the tabletop role-playing games we love.
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Re: Episode 250

Postby Dances with Ponies » Tue May 30, 2017 10:13 am

A Fringeworthy television series should have a core cast of five or six central characters as young to middle-aged students at UNIDA University. There should be few more secondary characters as fellow students, teachers, and staff. A few core and side characters should be aliens.

All of these first season episodes should not focus on one or two characters. After all, one of the main reasons why the original Star Trek series was cancelled was that all the stories when to Kirk and Spock, neglecting the other bridge crew and the other crew members.

Our episodes should have a rotating cast of one, two, or thee of the main characters to focus on. See the following My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episodes for inspiration.

One character: A Royal Problem, http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/A_Royal_Problem

Two Characters: Viva Las Pegasus, http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Viva_Las_Pegasus

Three Characters: Look Before You Sleep, http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Look_Before_You_Sleep

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