At the end of last semester and during the break I have been working on world building and character development for my web series “This is Tru”.
“This is Tru” is a stop motion animated web series that follows the story of Tru Collins and her family that lives “inside of social media”. The series uses humor and satire to create short animated vignettes that are inspired by personal experiences with popular culture, social media, the art world, and family. The show is based on the premise that social media has become part of our culture and affects everyday life whether you are a regular user or not. Because of this, the subject matter discussed will not always directly relate to social media but uses it as an avenue to discuss it.
Tag line ideas
The tag line I am still struggling with. These two ideas above received the critique that it was to vague and didn’t inform the viewer about what they are about to see. I wanted to play with using emojis so I looked up emoji meanings and used that. I still think it needs work.
logo on animation bible
The idea behind the logo is that I wanted to create something that referenced computers and technology but also look a little offbeat and funky. I was testing fonts in Indesign and I highlighted it and really liked the look.
The series takes place inside of social media allowing for creative and imaginative settings. The setting will be a hybrid of reality and virtual reality and will reference social media and technology in general. The content of the episode will dictate the color grading and set pieces sometimes referencing different time periods. There are three recurring sets in the series. These sets are the sets that I will display in the final show. None of these sets while be static, each set will have its own motion that happens in its space.
Tru’s bedroom: Tru’s bedroom appears in the episode “The Distraction” and “The Perfect Truth”. The bedroom is meant to represent the highly curated spaces that we create for ourselves on social media. The walls function like social media feeds, subtly cycling through imagery throughout the episodes. The room is meant to feel familiar and homey while also giving you the feeling that you are inside of virtual reality.
Sunday’s Bar and Grille: Sunday’s bar and grille is the family’s favorite place to eat and drink. The atmosphere is family oriented in the day but can become a spot for Tru and Toni’s friends to hang out at night. The walls of the place also cycles through imagery, often advertisement posters but sometimes videos as well.
Clicks Department Store: There is only one store in the town and that is Clicks Department Store. It’s the local store that represents everything that is commercial about social media. It is only one store but can change from a clothing store to a hardware store based on the needs of the person entering. It has a large display window that showcases elaborate displays. The store is constantly bombarded with ads.
I have been focused on making the other characters for the series. Each character was sculpted then cast in plaster.
Another critique I received last semester was that my arms and hands needed work. I have been working to figuring out the best way to make that hands for my characters. I sculpted and cast the hands and tried casting them in latex, rubber, and oil based clay.