Cosmos

When Nonsense Collides!

Pre-production 1: You gotta start somewhere...

Pre-production 1: You gotta start somewhere...
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Cartoonist_at_Large 18th Jun 2021, 1:23 AM
Cartoonist_at_Large
It was late 2014, in the hallowed halls of Yoobee Design School's Digital animation and Video classroom; and the time had come for our big end-of-year individual-excellence assignments. As we were basically given free rein to do whatever the snap we wanted, and I had become far more enamored of motion graphics and animation over the course of the year than live-action film stuff (being in sole charge of a film production is a giant stress factory, people), my mind was set on continuing the tradition established in other projects by finally, finally giving the Cosmos cast the chance to run around by themselves in their very own cartoon!

But what kind of cartoon would it be? After running through any number of options, I realised that if I combined the mockumentary style of live-action films I'd made during the year with my patented 'cram it full of random pop culture gags so I don't have to write a coherent story' comic nonsense, and themed it around bad sci-fi and horror films ('cause why not?), then I'd have the makings of a cult classic. Thus was born the Cosmos Monster Movie Survival Guide, a pithy - but at that point wholly theoretical - examination of the tropes, cliches and loop-de-loo plot twists of vintage B-movies! My first step was basically scooping out the inside of my head and smearing it all over the pages of my Design School sketchbook: resulting in the above double-spread of cartoonish buffoonery.....

It's interesting looking at now and seeing not only where some of the key concepts of the film started out, but also all the other ideas that were either dismantled and later reassembled or simply not used for one reason or another - the 'periodic table of story elements' on the second page, for instance, was an absolute hoot to write and come up with ideas for.... until I made the mistake of google image searching it, and being confronted with a hundred. Million. Other ones. That people. Had already. Done. Thus, it very unceremoniously got the chop, for fear of looking like I was cadging off everyone else. Oh well....

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