Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sorry guys...

Dear Team 3,

i just wanna say how sorry i am, since ive decided to withdraw from this class.

I know it might be a little bit late notice, but I this semester i took more than what i could handle, or what i thought i could. Thanks for everything though.

It was good working with you guys, even it for a short period of time.

-Ricky Chiu

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Look and Feel of our 2-D video game

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a great example of how we could take the look of Sci-Fi and Tadahiro Uesugi and make a video game. Flat 2D shapes, similar colors and strong paper cut out looking shapes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I talked to Bobby after class asking about the assignment and he doesn't want us to do the 'each person assigned to something specific' thing. He just wants us to each do 10 concepts similar to what we did in class of anything we want, about as finished as he showed us. Environments, characters, you name it.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Astro Boy 2009 Movie Series

Hello Team 3! Just want to bring it up again. If you ever have an hour and half of free time, think about watching Astro Boy the 2009 movie series. Not only do I think it is a good movie, but I think we can also use it as a reference material for inspiration. The story line and the art work is somewhat similar to what we are doing. Anthony also mentioned that the artist style from Astro Boy may be useful to us on last Saturday's live stream. Astro Boy is on Netflix if you have an account, and I'm sure you can find it somewhere online for free if you know what I mean ;P Or if you ever want to come over to do work and watch it at my place, that is more than fine with me (: Alright, I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is coming up with on the character concepts. GOOD LUCK AND GOD SPEED!


Saturday, February 18, 2012


Cameron Stradling: Retro Future Reference

Some other reference and terms to look up: Retro Scifi, Retro Future, Rocketeer, Sky Captain, Captain America, Iron Giant, War of the Worlds, Jetsons,, Vincent Di Fate, Frank Kelly Freas, Forbidden Planet, Plan 9 from Outer Space, This Island Earth, Raygun Gothic, Streamline Modern, Cyberpunk, Metropolis, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dr. Grordborts, Limbo,, Retropolis, World On A Wire, Retronaut, Starcrash

Ideas for Plot!

  • ·         The era is World War II – during the height of the war.
  • ·         Government hosted technology to simulate war – to train soldiers in warfare. Or could be primitive technology to infiltrate the enemies dreams – create an alternate reality – think Inception, but with war.
  • ·         Possibly illegal technology – the designers of this simulation could be a conglomerate of aunts and uncles of the same family – they found a cheap and easy way to test it – on their own niece/nephew.
  • ·         Idea: the technology gained self-awareness, possibly has an addictive effect – so that the person wants to keep going back to the alternate reality.
  • ·         Another idea: the AI has taken form of several ‘aunt’s’ or ‘uncles’, scattered throughout the area. They each live in their own domains – they need to be stopped in order for the niece / nephew to be freed. Think maybe Wizard of Oz; this is basically the character’s mind and memories, this is their mind’s interpretation of their aunts and uncles.
  • Maybe the two uncles who are in it for money - they want to sell this technology instead of using it for warfare - keep people hooked on this alternate reality - but there's a bit of an argument in the conglomerate of aunts and uncles - so this is more for themselves.
What do you guys think? I'm a firm believer that you need a stable plot in order to graft things around; it's fun to go out and explore our own ideas, but even for the concept, we need a basis for what these characters, in their rawest form, are. When George Lucas wanted a main villain for Star Wars III, he basically said "robot looking villain, he's evil, yada yada yada!".