School may not be in session, but that doesn’t mean BEAU students stop creating. Graduates and current students were busy over the school break on the beginning piece of a school-wide project. Russ Francis from Track 36 Studios was on campus working with game art students and graduates to do the pre-visualization, character modeling and storyboarding for a new short film that will take all the programs at Broadview Entertainment Arts to complete. The film, entitled “Anna and the Ghost Doll,” will be an animated short film about an 8-year-old girl who makes an unusual friend with the help of a ghost doll.
While some of the students and graduates are working on storyboarding and working out the sequence of shots, other students are sketching designs and animating on the computers. This is a project that will use everyone’s creative abilities.After this first step is completed, the project will move on to be worked on during classes over the next quarter. They are relying on the music production students to provide the score, the sound design students to provide the sound effects, and the digital film students will even get to go to their studio to work on the motion capture. “We are using as many people as we can,” said Russ Francis. Mark Sorensen, game arts program chair, was there to lend a hand during the storyboarding.
This will be the first step toward other projects for the school. Looking ahead, they will be working on a Kickstarter game project when this is completed.