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Old 11-29-2017, 05:35 PM   #16
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How about having a person in the house find these clay figures in a box, somewhere. The box could be from the previous owner (now deceased) or it can be from a whacky uncle. His aunt lets him have it.
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You could also have the kids mix something into the clay, like, the grandad visits a tarot card reader who predicts death and sells him a potion to extend life, the kids, out of curiosity, mix it in the clay when they build the figures and they come to life. Etc. Witchcraft, sorcery, Santaria, tarot, black magic, Chinese medicine, voodoo, etc.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:24 PM   #18
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They could be stowaways inside of a new piece of furniture

Or maybe they're poor and the grandad cant afford action figures but he is an artist and says he will make them for the kids instead.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:42 PM   #19
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Some interesting thoughts going on here.

I keep on seeing the clay figures being introduced with no fanfare. No "hey! look at them! They are moving!" .. Someone shuts off the light. Leaves the room, and they begin their secret lives. They have fun. They play. They get into mischief but as soon as someone comes, they compose themselves as simple non-moving clay models. On most days they return to their starting positions so the humans have no clue they have been all over the house all night long or while they were out shopping. Of course, every now and then they don't quite make it back and must "freeze" wherever they are, leaving the humans wondering who left the clay model there.

Their is one model who will become the antagonist. He wants something that the other models are denying him. At least that's how he sees it. Basic jealousy. I have some very funny and imaginative gags that will take place between the protagonists and the antagonist. ... the bad guy isn't going to be that bad. A lovable sort of bad guy who doesn't stray so far from the fold that he can't be welcomed back in the end.

I think everything is in place except for the 1st piece of the puzzle; why are they there? Yeah, maybe they were found in a box or were found in the yard.... I'll recognize the right reason when it comes.... This is great, talking about this with you guys!

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Maybe watch Night at the Museum for inspiration.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:48 PM   #21
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My wife and I still have all of the clay sculptures our daughters created in art class throughout their school years. Maybe school projects come to life?

OR

I know that you are doing Claymation. but can they be more realistic? My Mom used to collect Hummel figurines.



Maybe their Hummel collection (or something similar) comes to life.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:23 PM   #22
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They get into mischief but as soon as someone comes, they compose themselves as simple non-moving clay models.
This reminds me of Toy Story, weren't the toys like this?
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:36 PM   #23
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Ever watched Monday? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0239655
It is hard to put just a genre on it: too many great ideas.
This sounds intriguing, WalterB.
But I haven't been able to find it streaming or for sale online anywhere. How did you see it?
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:00 AM   #24
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I keep on seeing the clay figures being introduced with no fanfare. No "hey! look at them! They are moving!"
that's because your original post said this

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all the while trying to not be discovered moving by the people who live there. Those people just think they are little models.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:02 AM   #25
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Sorry everyone. Didn't mean to limit your creativity with my genre question. Assumed he knows already. Genre doesn't limit me, obviously.
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:04 AM   #26
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The idea of bringing Hummels to life is good. Someone should do that,, but not me

I never saw Toy Story so I couldn't say what the toys were doing in that show. Do they come to life when the people leave the room? I know there is a cartoon called the Brave Little Toaster that had household items come to life; lamps, a toaster, a radio..... so, no. It's not a new concept but it's still a good one. It hasn't been done to death and, hopefully, it hasn't been done the way I intend.

The models will look like Claymation models but if this project ever comes to be, they will come to life though the magic of CGI. I chose the look of Claymation models (or Mr.Bill if you remember him) because I like the aesthetics plus, from a technical angle, using CGI, I won't have to build advanced puppets with hair and muscles and clothing simulations. The biggest challenge is getting the shader to look right so it looks like clay... and I've already done that.

Filman, unless things change drastically, this will be a family film.. Is that a genre; family film? Let's see, there's Drama, Horror, comedy, sci-fi, musical, porn.western..... what about mystery (who dunit), family......

What do you think?

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Old 11-30-2017, 08:34 AM   #27
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The clamaytion models were made for a prospective television show that got cancelled before it ever premiered. The models have been depressed ever since. When a young filmmaker movies into the home, they are excited that they may finally get their day in the sun (i.e., on television).
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:47 AM   #28
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I don't really get why you don't like your 4 suggestions about the reason the clays are there! Just choose one of them. I'm guessing though, that you don't like them because they don't really fit to the plot you have in mind. Personally, I should know the plot, to find a good reason, which reason, is ultimately the core of the plot!
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:00 AM   #29
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Panos, The 4 ideas I put in the first post just don't feel right to me. You have to set the stage before you can start the show. If there is not a plausible reason for these clay figures to be there then the show starts off on a bad note. Not just that. The reason must also be interesting.

I came up with an idea last night that I want to spend some time considering. The idea that we don't know why they showed up until later in the story. If the man of the house goes into the backyard to cut the grass and discovers these models in the grass and thinks that some kids next door must have thrown them over the fence..THAT gives a reason for them being there BUT it isn't the real reason. We find that out later... What is the real reason? I have an answer for that, and I'll tell you, but not yet.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:48 AM   #30
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Velusion, I liked a lot your first 4 ideas, but this 5th idea was amazing! You seem very good in what you are doing. I like a lot the way you are thinking!

Maybe the kids of the house start playing with these clays and that would be a common secret between the kids and the clays. And maybe the clays, through funny shows, reveal some truths about the father... or maybe at the end we never learn the reason they were there, but, through some way, they gave again the lost happiness in the family, and in the last scene we see them lay down, smiley, to the grass of another house, or maybe.. ok I stop.. :p
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