Before we proceed to the final storyboard (which is working in progress), I sketched out some concepts when we still discussing about our idea and transitions in the story, like the elements that we could put into the story, or about our main character herself.
Since we stick to the idea who she has a dream to become a painter / artist in her future, I sketched some pencil or art materials to show that she likes to draw, and that’s her motivation and represents as part of her dream.
Concepts from our original idea, that she will be lost in the forest etc. Wardrobe idea was sketched by me and coloured by SC in the previous post.
Along the way we designed and did sketches, we also figured out that we could input the young generation’s dream are killed by the adult and society, so we pointed up the idea with the salary man that walking with all the money flies out from his pocket, to emphasis the idea of being rich but stay with soulless life.
We also discussed on the idea that she can’t follow her dream and forced to be follow the “best dream” that defined by her parents. She only can study to please the parents, that made her can’t have extra time to do what she wants to do, and she only could study just to guarantee get a stable and good earning job in the future.
Right top panels are my personal favourite, where she can’t even choose on what she wear to school or go out, she needs to fulfill her parents’ mindset of being a good girl, from inside or outside the house.
The sketches here show how she struggles with all the expectations that given by the society and her family, she wants to escape (top left panel) but she couldn’t due to her capability, she can’t do anything but followed what’s the expectations to lead her to “better future”.
Sketches here are quite funny and interesting, if we could have more time to show on how the soulless and lifeless the society is, as she grows up to be a salary woman / office lady to work for money.
Top left and right panels are my personal favourite too, I inputted some Japanese culture as she will be eating cup noodle or she will go to drink alone in the Japanese bar after a long working day.
As the figure shown, we do not want our protagonist have physical health or disability, because that will change our theme and the meaning of the film. Having cancer or lost a hand, will make her draw more and yes, this will lead audiences to a more positive feels and motivations but that’s not what we wanted to achieve in our film .
Still some sketches that might use in the office scenes, she will be having lots of paper jobs to finish, scolded by her boss as she is late and slow in doing paper works, or some stuffs that might happen to put on her table, stationary or tons of folders etc.