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Post Reply Time to start a manga! (Planning and Story-boarding) Contest (sort of)
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Posted 2/21/16 , edited 2/23/16
Lets get working guys!

IF YOU CAN'T, DON'T WANT TO OR DON'T HAVE THE TIME DO NOT WORRY, THIS IS ONLY FOR FUN

I think now would be a great time to start planning and creating a manga to help us get used to working together. This is just for fun and could be great practice for us so first we should decide on what kind of story we want.

It can be about anything and we should aim about around 15-20 pages of content but first we should get a rough outline on what the story would be about.

Aim for a 200 word limit minimum for the description of the story (not including speech bubbles in the storyboard)

A storyboard is a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue,


Have a location and setting, could be vague, but not too vague that it cant be drawn. Example, could be on an island, but wont have to say exactly where. Make a plot that isn’t too complex or time consuming. Then story board it, even if its with stick figures.

After this, as a group we can shortlist the most intriguing ideas and start developing the idea even further. LETS DO THIS!

The deadline is Saturday 27th Feb
The shortlisting process will take place on Sunday 28th Feb

Leave any questions here and good luck!

Please remember, this is for fun and will help us get used to working in a group environment.
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Do you think we could hear the ideas people have made for the short story paneling project? I'm sure there are great ones and could serve as inspiration for this.
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Esclachier wrote:

Do you think we could hear the ideas people have made for the short story paneling project? I'm sure there are great ones and could serve as inspiration for this.


What kind of ideas? do you mean to do with the actual contest or just overall contributing to eachothers story boards?
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Oh no just with the storyboards... well, on the other hand if the ideas are well put together seem to fit with this project's parameters, it wouldn't hurt to think about it becoming a bigger project we could all take on.

But... yeah, mainly for brainstorming for the storyboards
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Esclachier wrote:

Oh no just with the storyboards... well, on the other hand if the ideas are well put together seem to fit with this project's parameters, it wouldn't hurt to think about it becoming a bigger project we could all take on.

But... yeah, mainly for brainstorming for the storyboards


Well, we are planning to make this project bigger, when we get our preferred story, we will go forward with making the manga according to the storyboard and ill post the details to this shortly after we find our ideal story.
You can obviously work together with the story boards if you want but working individually may give us more ideas we may of not thought of and may be interesting to us
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Posted 2/21/16 , edited 2/21/16
interestinf!! Let me check my schedule for this week...
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WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?! YOU MAKE ME BUSY!!!

ah, well... I have at least two hours this week everyday for thinking~ I have this idea in mind that I couldn't get rid off.

wait.... where am I supposed to submit this?!

[EDIT] eh screw it! I wanna take part of this!!! I'm game!!
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I think slice of life would be a wise first choice, it deeps the feet into the water so to speak but it also prevents having to draw complex and dynamic action scenes that would be especially awkward/difficult for artists breaking into this (who will have plenty on their hands between page layouts/inks/tones/etc..). Writing would be even more essential in this type of genre too, so it pushes writers to really dig deep and avoid cliches. Just a thought.
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I'd like to offer a general linear idea plot of sorts in place of story boarding, and if anyone wants to pick it up from there, let's play!

Setting: Modern small North American city in the colder climate (Northern Midwest USA, or Southern Ontario area), using my home town Sault Sainte Marie, MI as an advantage.
Initial cast: (a) Male mid-20s, (b) Female early 20s, (c) Female late 20s, (d/e) Married early 30s M/F couple

[1] Open on a small town street, light wind blowing, bright day, outside a house
Narrative sullen text along the lines of: "I remember the excitement that came as a child seeing the first snowfall of the year."

[2] Snow begins to fall with people looking up from the sidewalk: "You would grab your coat, and rush outside to find your friends already giddy with the anticipation of the coming season."

[3] Time progressed to snow covering the ground, children building snowmen: "It was magical, back in our youth. The changing of the seasons just meant new ways to play as children."

[4] Kids sledding from the top of a hill, with teenagers snowboarding down another side: "As you got older, the old ways of having fun somehow started to seem a bit juvenile, but we kept ourselves in the spirit with other games and ways of playing in the cold."

[5] Slightly older teenagers excitedly and sneakily (like a "don't get caught!" kind of feeling) drinking from a flask and smoking cigarettes behind the treeline with kids playing off in the distance, with the perspective of looking out at the kids from among the teenagers: "But even that eventually took a back seat, and with age came responsibility. Still, we found ways to escape our toils, taking notes from the adults and how they chose to escape reality."

[6] Post-high school teenagers laughing and walking down the street, pointing at a high school in a reminiscing manner, with the prior scene's treeline and snowy hill beside it in the backdrop: "The years tick on, and the magic wears away. We grow, we experience, we learn, and we bear the emotional and physical scars from it all. What was once extraordinary becomes ordinary, and we grasp for that jubilation that once came so easily with the falling snow."

[7] College kids sitting in a library doing homework, perspective of looking in through giant glass walls with slight frost on them: "But eventually the magic has to take a back seat to practicality, and we realize that it's just the natural order of things. We don't fight it, but we don't exactly welcome it, either."

[8] Now looking out from the library, with a skewed angle that allows us to see a student's face and the scene outside of snow falling harder and people trudging through it, happy child in tow: "Still, as our mind soldiers on, our hearts yearn for more."

[9] Young adults clearing snow from their cars, wearing work uniforms and aprons under half-zipped coats: "So we learn, we work, and we strive to make time to ourselves so that we can attempt to make sense of the world that was once filled with wonderment."

[10] Looking out from just behind the headrest of a beat up car as a man and a woman are driving down the snowy road, obviously without working heat in their car: "Sometimes it's hard to tell if we're struggling because we have a goal, or if we're just doing what everyone else is. Ducks in a row, follow the leader, don't get left behind."

[11] A car is off the side of the road stuck in a snowbank, with a woman looking forlorn in the driver's seat, head in hands, as the car from the prior scene drives by it: "And then, sometimes, we hit a slick patch and slide off course, and feel stuck. It's easy to want to give up when you don't have the strength to change your situation on your own."

[12] Characters (a) and (d/e) have pulled up behind and beside the snowbanked car and are exiting their car, waving jauntily at the lady in the car who appears to have been on the verge of crying but now seems curiously hopeful: "But, that's when it hits you: You are NOT alone. You ARE Okay. You CAN do this, just not by yourself."

[13] Characters (a) and (d/e) are helping to push the car out and directing traffic to slow down, and it's obvious the car has already moved back on track some: "It's easy to give up when you can't see the future, but how we define ourselves and our character comes from those moments of digging deep inside of ourselves and bringing out a bit of that magic we thought was lost, and giving it a good push."

[14] Characters (a) and (d/e) are smiling widely and waving animatedly as they're getting in their car, and the other car is driving off with their hand waving back out the window: "It's incredible how a little determination and a helping hand can have such a life-changing effect."

[15] Sun setting, snow slightly melting, water dripping, ice glistening, we see the cast through a house window as they are sitting around a table getting drunk and laughing raucously as character (c) points mockingly at the sour-faced character (b), with character (a) smirking wryly with hands behind his head and (d/e) holding each other warmly: "It's at the end of the day when you're with the ones you love that you realize that the magic never left at all, and at some point it just becomes your own responsibility to produce it on your own. And it's those moments that you realize that you -- like the seasons -- never stop changing."
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I feel like that could go in any direction from that point. It establishes a setting, an opening cast of characters, touches on their personalities and dynamics, and sets a tone. From there it could go on to follow them as they experience life, or aliens could come down and give them super powers while inter-dimensional beings trash Tokyo but England fights back in big mechsandAmericagoeslike"we'llNUKEyou!"andNaziskillvampiresuntilit'slike"lovesavestheday!"and....
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No you get what I'm saying though. It's a very open-ended way to start off, has tons of hooks and lots of feels without pinning itself down.
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Punk_Mela wrote:

I think slice of life would be a wise first choice, it deeps the feet into the water so to speak but it also prevents having to draw complex and dynamic action scenes that would be especially awkward/difficult for artists breaking into this (who will have plenty on their hands between page layouts/inks/tones/etc..). Writing would be even more essential in this type of genre too, so it pushes writers to really dig deep and avoid cliches. Just a thought.


I don't entirely disagree but slice of life doesn't exactly mean there needs to be more dialogue or that there's less action. Slice of Life is very broad and can be tackled on many ways. With only 20 pages though it's hard to define whether something is slice of life or not, but anyways, it could work of course, just giving some input that just because something is SoL doesn't mean it has to be done a certain way or following certain rules.
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Well, from my experiences, life has LOTS of action.

Military service, marriages and divorces, bar fights, car wrecks, awesome road trips, heavy metal concerts, impromptu group sex (hey it happens), rise and fall of the "15 minutes of fame," and all the other fun stuff that comes with suckin' air, eh?

To me SoL always meant something with a sobering connection to the reader base, and less fantastical. Also, the "feels" are normally what define SoL, so emotional pulling is a thing that kicks with it. Basically 90% of American cast-based 80s and 90s TV shows ;P

The cool thing is that although they usually start low-energy, when they DO ramp up, it's a damned thing to behold, and puts you firmly in the characters' shoes and lets you go from, "I can relate to that," to, "holy shit I feel like I am actually experiencing this!"
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Posted 2/22/16 , edited 2/22/16
I agree with the statements of SoL however.. I believe its more appealing to the readers if the story is fantasy or fiction because Life is what we are experiencing. we can't really experience fantasy in this world except our minds.

Sure some SoL is really powerful that most of us are going to relate but that will be in the middle of the story.. if we can't pull the attention of our readers then most likely our ideas future will go to waste. Unless our audience demanded more of this more of this, then we'll go deeper. but yeah, its all about teasing the readers into reading further to the story. which I am not sure about SoL. I'm not hating on SoL nor being against of your idea, Metal.. my only concern is that "What if our readers never really like it?" then our ideas for the future will go waste.

Unless we incorporate SoL in the beginning then suddenly all hell breaks loose.. Not gonna back down from there
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I always liked how it was integrated into stories as a way to create immersion in the beginning, then floating away past that. Like in "Beyond the Grave" and "Black Lagoon," and in games like "Grandia" and "Xenogears." Honestly, I thought Xenogears did it absolutely perfectly, and it's how I like to take my realistic starts.

Bring the reader into something they can 100% see themselves in, then give them tragedy, fantasy, reel in back in to the realistic phase, and slowly go up the ramp until you reach total absurdity. That way, they see themselves in the characters and the hooks are in, and the rest of the ride gets total validity.
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That's how I like my stories. Slow start but excruitiating climax.
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Someone please at least draw a storyboard. Stickmen are fine. It could be just a page of stickmen. At least someone can pick it up and start the train again.
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