The Epic Journey ChecklistI always love those epic stories where we follow a group of characters, travelling around a world (either real or imaginary). Where these characters encounter new trials in a different country/land/location every episode/chapter we tune in. This is a little checklist I made for making "journey" or "travelling" stories.The Epic Journey Checklist by Digi-fish
1. A hero We need a primary character to tell the story through. This character does not have to be "the hero" of the story, but they should play a significant part in the journey.
2. A supporting cast Allies, mentors, a leader (of course, if the hero isn't the leader) and people with special skills that will be of value to the leader. These characters not only support the story and provide alternative points of view, but they can also provide a shoulder for the hero to lean on.
3. A backstory Characters should have their own history and unique traits that you find out over the story as you get to know them.
4. A mode of trans
As for my live action/animated cartoon movie idea—ToonTalker, to be hopefully an extraordinary collaboration between an autistic yet aspiring an ambitious Maryland-born filmmaker (yours truly, Timothy R. McKenzie) and a legendary Russian-born yet Chicago-bred and US-based animator that may have had cult appeal at best (Genndy Tartakovsky, the guy behind Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory as well as the director of Hotel Transylvania)—I wanted to merge various genres like:
A) The Epic
B) A Romantic Love Story
C) Coming-of-age saga
D) Cartoon-meets-Reality fantasy (or Live Action/Animated movie)
E) Dinosaur-themed action adventure fantasy
F) Samurai Movie
G) Fantasy (with some science fiction elements thrown in)
But ToonTalker might not only be about Brandon's struggles against the evilKhan Morgo the Demon-lord as well as Brandon's adventures back-and-forth between a live action primary world and an highly stylized Genndy Tartakovsky/Samurai Jack-style and largely hand-drawn animated cartoon parallel/secondary world tethered into each other by portals inside any visual screen like a TV set allowing free passage between the two (ToonTalker should also make the distinction between reality and fantasy, live action and cartoon animation, by showing the live action world (except for the Great Collision of the Two Worlds climactic finale and happy ending) in a normal widescreen aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1, while the highly stylized Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon animation world should be shown in the wider Panavision/Cinemascope widescreen ratio of approximately 2.35:1 or 2.40:1)…
But the central (and romantic) relationship at the heart of ToonTalker is going to be one between Brandon Robertson the Twelfth ToonTalker (who is destined to (finally) vanquish Khan Morgo the Demon-lord and restore order to the real and cartoon worlds) and a live action boy from Maryland who becomes a cartoon character whenever he travels into the cartoon world and Lillian Taiayaki, an animated cartoon Japanese girl whom Brandon befriends.
My ideal character inspiration for Brandon Robertson besides my childhood self’s more adventurous half might be a young actor that I have recently discovered on the internet named Ezra Miller—best known for his roles in the likes of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower:
On the other hand, my ideal character inspiration for Lillian Taiayaki, an animated cartoon Japanese girl whom Brandon befriends as well as falls in love with, is one of two Japanese girls (who happens to be an auto repairman’s two daughters voiced by veteran voice artist Kath Soucie) that Samurai Jack briefly passes by in the episode where Jack looses his sandals (Episode XXVI, that is):
Yeah, right now, for all the potential adventure action and comedy bits involving toons n’ dinosaurs n’ samurai that I intend to include in my ToonTalker movie idea, I also wanted ToonTalker to be an animated/live action epic movie in which the love story is the primary reason for the movie.
In order to help fund my epic live action/animated adventure ToonTalker, I wanted to tell an unusual epic romance whose story is centered on a real live action Maryland boy and an animated cartoon Japanese girl that he befriends even as a cartoon character in the animated world, but it is also invoke those great love stories like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well, but with none of the hostilities between both lovers’ families (in Romeo and Juliet's case) and with a happy ending instead of the usual tragic ending, as well as a yearning to make contact between the real live action world as well as the animated cartoon world rather than turn our weapons on the other (as in another case of Romeo and Juliet):
As for the growing tension that do feature in ToonTalker, it is that the real and cartoon peoples must speed up the romance between Brandon and Lillian if they were to be together, and their respective worlds are threatened by the evil dark lord, Khan Morgo the Demon-lord, aided by Khan Morgo's animated cartoon human accomplice, Mordred, and Morgana, Morded's loyal pet who also happens to be a silent but deadly female Ceratosaurus (a small-to-medium theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic); Brandon and Lillian must find the lost Emerald Shard and reunite it with the once-shattered Great Crystal Stone (a giant floating rainbow-hued crystallized monolith) that reposes in the Golden Castle of Taigon before the real world and the cartoon world merges into one seamless world—but if Khan Morgo and his minions interferes, both lovers will fail, and all things whole and good will be destroyed!
Anyway, out of the seven genres mentioned above, I wanted ToonTalker to be mainly a live action/animated epic love story as much as it is a live action/animated epic adventure story with Genndy Tartakovsky toons,samurai warriors, and, let’s face it, dinosaurs.
And so, in your own opinion, what do you think of ALL THAT?!