“The Fish Who Lived” – Enticing Animation by Daniella L. by Daniella L.

April 21, 2018

 

“The Fish Who Lived” – Enticing Animation by Daniella L.

In my story the main character is Blue, who lives in the ocean with his best friend Guppy. Guppy is a secondary character who is a big influence on Blue’s life. He is a resemblance of an older brother figure to Blue, and helps him view things more realistically. Overall, the story takes place when Blue and Guppy are enjoying each other’s company. Blue then becomes upset revealing to Guppy that he wants to sail around the world. Guppy then points out that he is a fish and that is impossible. Blue grows upset and tells Guppy that he will go see Electra the witch so he could become human. Guppy tries to warn Blue but he soon runs away. Upset and distraught Blue is walking on when Electra appears to him. She tells him that she thinks his dream is great, and she could possibly turn him human. But for a cost, she must own Guppy for one day only. Hesitantly after a lot of thinking Blue agrees to the deal. When Guppy appears in Electra’s possession, Blue realizes that he has made a mistake. But he is already human and sitting on the boat of the ocean. Without much thinking he dives in the water to rescue Guppy. He finds Electra’s cave and throws a potion on Electra turning her to ash and dust. Blue turns back and to a fish and reunites with Guppy. Guppy understands why Blue did what he did. Blue then comes to a conclusion that his friend Guppy is more important than his impossible desires. I wanted the script to be playful and light hearted, but to also convey a deeper insight. Creating this concept was fairly easy. I didn’t want it to be ordinary with regular backdrops. But I wanted it to be full of action, and I also wanted to use animals in the animation. Creating the animation was fairly difficult because of all the movement and costume changes I added to my fairly detailed script. But I divided my time well, and the animation ran fairly well.

Unit 2 Project Submission and Self-Evaluation

Instructions: Replace the questions/instructions in square brackets with your responses.
Your First Name
Daniella
Title of
your Story
The Fish Who Lived
Finished Story URL
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/215295008/

Final Developer’s Log
Your Script
The Fish Who Lived

By

Daniella

Cast:

Blue- the protagonist in the story who has a deep desire to sail around the world and truly, “see” it.Yet the boundaries of the ocean and him being a fish make it difficult for him to do so.
Guppy- He is rather a secondary character in the story. Guppy is Blue’s closest campion. He is not as ambitious as Blue and sees the world realistically rather than a fantasy. He helps blue make major decisions in his life and is rather an older brother figure to put him on the right track in his life.

Electra- she is the antagonist in the story who attempts to persuade blue into trading ownership of Guppy for his dream. Electra manipulates Blue into thinking she will allow him to be human if she can have Guppy for one day.Electra is truly an evil witch who wants to use the fish for experiments. She is nothing but the epitome of cruelty and heartlessness.

ACT I

Setting:
Scene 1- the bottom of the atlantic ocean, with plants and other fish in the background.
Scene 2- A ocean bottom background with a shimmer of light coming from the surface of the ocean.

[Blue enters from top stage right and moves down to center stage, 2 seconds later Guppy follows him in the same direction]

Blue
Wow Guppy you were right this is definitely a faster way home! [Blue moves from upper stage right to center stage].

Guppy
Do I ever let you down Blue? [Guppy immediately follows behind Blue towards center stage]

Blue
Well, I should be getting home now, see you Guppy. [Blue faces turns around from Guppy and slowly starts to move right left out of the picture]

Guppy
Well, see you tomorrow Blue![Guppy smiles and moves forward towards Blue]

Blue
Yeah,I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.[Blue’s tone turns plaintive and he races off to the left into the next scene]

Guppy
Hey Blue wait a second![Guppy races off to the right left in Blue’s direction]

Scene 2- Backdrop change

Blue
I just want to go home Guppy… please just go away.[Guppy catches up with Blue and realizes that Guppy is not going away]

Guppy
Dude, I feel like every time we hang out, you’ve just been so down. Did I do something to upset you? [Guppy moves closer to Blue]

Blue
[Blue continues to be silent and starts to move away from Guppy again]

Guppy
[Guppy races in front of Blue trying to talk to him] Please tell me what’s going on with you Blue.

Blue
Do you ever get tired of this stupid ocean? Everything looks the same. We do the same thing every single day, there’s nothing to enjoy anymore.

Guppy
We do lots of things! I mean you have family, friends, and me! We just went diving for pearls yesterday.

Blue
I need something more than diving for pearls. I need to live, I need to see something. [Blue moves backwards from Guppy]

Guppy
Well if your not happy here, then where will you be happy? [Guppy slightly backs away from Blue]

Blue
Guppy I need to tell you my biggest secret.

Guppy
Yes?

Blue
I want to sail, I want to see the world. I want to experience, smell, touch and hear all these different things. [Blue rushed to Guppy with a wide smile]

Guppy
Okay then… but Blue we’re fish. We’re just fish, we can’t sail around the world. [Guppy backs away from Blue]

Blue
I don’t care what you say, I’m going to sail and I’m not going to rot in this ocean. [Blue moves backwards]
Guppy
But Blue…

Blue
I’m going to go see Electra the witch. [Blue makes his way to the right almost out of the picture]

Guppy
You can’t see her, it’s a trap Blue can’t you see that? [Guppy rushes towards Blue in a hurry]

Blue
Even if it is a trap, I have nothing else exciting in my life anyways. [Blue storms off out of the picture leaving Guppy alone]

ACT II

Setting:
Scene 1- a black blue ocean backdrop with a dark cave to the bottom right corner. Scene 2- A background above the surface of the water, with a bright blue sky and a small boat sitting on the surface.

Blue
I’m going to be stuck being a stupid fish for the rest of my life! [Blue enters from the left of the stage and crosses over towards the middle slowly. Tears streamed down his face and a snivelling sound effect is played]

Electra
Who says you have to be a fish for the rest of your life Blue? [The dialogue is in a low hissing noise, The dialogue is coming from the right of the stage]

Blue
Who was that? Who are you? How do you know my name? [Blue gasps Blue quickly moves backwards to the left side of the stage]

Electra
Oh, I know you Blue and your little plan to sail around the world, I think it’s quite brilliant. [the volume of the voice grows louder as Electra begins to step into the picture until her full body is revealed]

Blue
It’s you Electra! What do you want with me? Leave me alone [Blue begins to cry with terror, his voice grows angry]

Electra
I just want to help you Blue, I want to help you live. [Electra moves closer to blue]

Blue
How are you going to help me?

Electra
By making you human,so you can sail around the world, get out of this stupid ocean, isn’t that what you want Blue?[Electra nears closer to Blue and goes around him in a circle slowly]

Blue
No, there’s a catch I know what you do Electra, people have gone into your cave and never came out [Blue stands up and faces Electra]

Electra
There is no catch, I simply desire something of yours temporarily.

Blue
What would I have that you want?

Electra
Let me think, your little friend Guppy.

Blue
No way, Guppy is my friend [Blue steps backwards from Electra towards the left of the stage]

Electra
Just for one day, think of how he didn’t believe in you, couldn’t understand. Plus it would just be for one day. [Electra draws closer and comforts Blue]

Blue
Just one day… alright [Blue says his first line and there is a big pause. He says “alright” softly and quietly]

Electra
Then the deal is done [Electra snaps her fingers instantly and Guppy appears in her hands]

Guppy
Blue what’s going on?[Guppy shrinks down to a very small size.Guppy begins to scream with terror and squirms in Electra’s grasp.]

Blue
Guppy I’m sorry, Electra take it back. [Blue has a pained face and runs towards Guppy a few seconds after he appears]

Electra
Too late. [Electra snaps her fingers]

Guppy
Blue help me! Why am I here?

Scene 2-

Blue
Guppy I’m so sorry![Blue shoots up to the top of the ocean, where his costume is changed to a human and he sits on a boat at the surface of the ocean]

ACT III 

Setting:
{The surface of the ocean with a close up of a small row boat}

Blue
I can’t believe Guppy’s gone! [Blue looks up towards the sky, moves to the front of the boat and out to the ocean].

Blue
I can’t believe I’m human, the ocean is so beautiful… But I’d rather have Guppy [Blue hesitates for a few seconds then dives off the front of the boat to the bottom of the ocean]

Scene 2- Setting- switch backdrop to a dark cave inside, there is bottles, scrolls and chests

Blue
Yes, I found the cave now where’s Guppy [Blue finds Electra’s cave and peeks into it from the right, he then sees Guppy]

Guppy
Blue! Help me! [Guppy is in a cage, whispers softly to Blue, and looks in his direction]

Electra
Yes Guppy you will do perfectly for my new potion [She turns around to mix bottles]

Blue
Never! [Blue steps into the room]

Electra
You silly fish, when will you ever learn? [Electra begins to walk towards Blue]

Blue
I’m getting Guppy back, now move aside

Electra
No.
Blue
Okay then [Blue charges forward, grabs a potion and throws it on Electra]

Guppy
Yes, go Blue!

Electra
No![Electra turns to dust and ash on the floor, blue turns back into a fish]

Blue
[Releases the cage for Guppy] I’m so sorry.

Guppy
It’s okay, what made you come back, that was your dream?

Blue
Good friendship is worth more than any dream, your so much more important to me Guppy.
[The two fish leave the cave smiling and laughing]

Reasons for Changes to the Script
Some of the things I wrote in the script I could not create in scratch such as sound affects and a character snapping her fingers. I mostly made changes to stage directions and not dialogue, because some things such as changing a direction from left to right was more appropriate and was better fitting for the animation. Science the characters would walk away in different directions when they should be in the next scene together didn’t make sense.
Your Storyboards
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Self Evaluation
In your self-evaluation, you must present evidence that you have satisfied the requirements and constraints in the project Design Specification. This evidence can be in the form of a description, copying/pasting from your script, or screenshots of your storyboards/scratch animation/scratch code.
Requirement
Evidence
1. The animation must have a Three Act Structure. Act 1 (Introduction), Act 2 (Climax), Act 3 (Conclusion).
The story starts out with Blue being upset that he can’t sail. Then in the climax where he makes decisions that ultimately affect the rest of the story he trades Guppy’s ownership to fulfill his own dream. In Act 3 he learns that having friendship with Guppy is more than a dream to him. Here there is a clear presented solution.
2. The animation must have at least two characters, a protagonist and an antagonist.
The protagonist is Blue, he learns a listen in the story and is present in every scene of the animation. The antagonist is Electra who tries to trick and lure Blue into her trap. She also means to harm one of the secondary characters Guppy, and is the main source of conflict.
3. The animation must have at least one backdrop per Act.
As seen here I have more backdrops than I have acts.
4. The animation must have a conflict.
The conflict is between Blue and his self conscience but also with Electra.
5. The animation must be repeatable.
The characters begin with the same costumes and background with the touch of the green flag.
6. The animation must mostly use words understandable to speakers of English, or at least no long acronyms.
The entire script is in English and the most complex sentence is the following –

  1. Each major character must have a minimum number of lines (5) to speak in the story.
    My script if viewed above is 8 pages long, the animation code contains more than 5 lines.
  2. The conflict must be resolved by the end of the animation.

  3. The animation must have a title screen that announces the story before the plot begins.

Constraint
Evidence
1. All materials used in the creation of the animation must be original (made by you), stock characters/backdrops, or used under Creative Commons (and must be credited at the end of the animation).
All materials are under scratch and storyboard, everything created was under the license.
2. Any credits that are necessary must appear at the end of the animation in a credits roll.

  1. The animation must be between 3 minutes and 6 minutes long, including titles and credits.
    This time was taken only at Act 2 the total time was 215 seconds.
  2. Interaction by the viewer must be limited to starting the animation (clicking the Green Flag).

    Grading Rubric for Criterion D: Creation — The Final Product
    Skill A: Following the Design Cycle
    Level
    Descriptor
    3
    All requirements and constraints in the Design Specification are followed in the final product. (12-13 elements must be satisfied)
    2
    The majority of the requirements and constraints in the Design Specification are followed in the final product. ( from 7-11 elements must be satisfied)
    1
    Less than half of the requirements and constraints in the Design Specification are followed in the final product. (from 2-6 elements must be satisfied)
    0
    The design does not follow the Design Specification. (no more than one element satisfied)
    Your Self-Evaluation
    I believe I deserve a 3 because I satisfied 12-13 elements.

Skill B: Following the Script
Level
Descriptor
3
The final product closely follows the script. All dialogue and stage directions in the final script are fully reflected in the final product. Changes in the script are fully justified to align the project better to the Design Specification.
2
The final product generally follows the script. The majority of the dialogue and stage directions in the final script are reflected in the final product. Changes in the script are generally explained to align the project somewhat better to the Design Specification, though some may be made for convenience.
1
The final product does not follow the script well. The dialogue and stage directions in the script are only somewhat reflected in the final product. Changes in the script were not documented well or made to align the project to the Design Specification.
0
The final product does not reflect the script. The script does not exist. The final product does not exist.
Your Self-Evaluation
I believe I deserve a 3 because my animation closely matches my script and changes are justified.

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