This is our first draft of the script. Some scenes may need revision. The camera movement may seem a little bit confusing but as we discussed in the group tutorial we we will use a fixed set where the camera will be going down in the transitions of the scenes.
For our project we have decided to use the art style of the 18th century. The 18th century has a beautiful baroque style as a main theme for all famous artists.
The chosen style for the animation is a theater play using marionettes. In the 18th century watching puppet shows were very popular. Many theaters, specially made for those shows were founded.
The puppet style animation is better for the theme of our animation, as the marionettes were maybe not something new (because they existed for a long time), but they were different from the repeating art style and theme of different forms of art. In 18th century paintings were usually about religion or high class people, painted perfectly, with photorealistic feel to it. On the other side we got puppets which are not so beautiful, made to entertain people instead of showing the best out of them. The puppets are like science in the enlightenment period, made by people and for people.
These are just some quick sketches I made for our frame of our animation. The basic idea was to use a window but after some thought we decided that It couldn't work with all the transitions in our animation.
For our animation through the beginning we had some rough ideas:
1) Priests vs Scientist. There would be two main characters, one will be a priest and one a scientist. During the whole animation they would argue and in the end the significance of enlightenment and the progress in would be depicted. During the whole debate things related to the changes and the achievements of science and religion during the period of 1700-1800 would be shown.
2) Symbolic use of animals in our animation to show the cultural movement of the Enlightenment. There would be birds in an old barn in a farm. A vulture bird would symbolise the religion and the character of the priest in that era. A canary and a flock of other birds would symbolise the people. While the birds would be in the barn eating worms a fresh berry fruit would fall to one of the canary.This would symbolise the Enlightenment and how the Enlightenment shed light to the simple people. The vulture would get angry because it wouldn't control anymore the birds by providing their food and in the end it would get isolated from the other birds that would fly away to find better fruits than the "worms" they were eating.
These were the basic ideas we developed. Different versions, themes, symbolism and motifs for the stories above were developed.
-During our first group tutorial with Alan we were suggested to show the progress of religion and science in that era rather than using symbolism and hidden meanings that may confuse the viewer. The outcome from our story would be how science and religion conformed together. A suggestion of using a single frame in our animation and all the story happening inside in that frame gave us the idea of creating an infographique animation.
1701-1744 - Andres Celsius devised Celsius thermomether, he also confirmed that Earth is ellipsoid with flat poles. Catalogued 300 stars, discovered magnetic basis for auroras
1733 - Stephen Hales measures blood pressure
1742 - Andres Celsius develop temperature scale
1745 - E.G. Von Kleist invent leyden jar, the first elecrtical capacitor
1752 - lightening rod - Benjamin Franklin
1755 - first English dictionary - SAmuel Johson
1757 - John Cambell invents sextant (measuring tools)
1758 - chromatic lens - Dolland
1761 - navigational clock/ marine chronometer - John Harrison
1764 - Spinning Jenny - James Hargreaves
1767 - Joseph Pristley experimented with putting gasses into liquids making first carbonated water
1768 - Spinning frame - Richard Arkwright
1769 - James Watt developed steam engine
1770 - Torben Bergman invented machine for making carbonated water from chalk and sulfuric acid
1744 - George Louis Lesage patents electric telegraph