Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pantomime Ref

Hey everyone, hope you are having a great weekend, here is my pantomime reference, i have three versions and they are mostly different just in the beginning pose, I just want to see how clear my idea is before jumping into animation

Please watch the reference first before reading the description below, that way we can know if the idea is clear enough by itself or if it needs something else.


Forced retirement

Dave is a CEO and CO-Founder of his company but he has gotten to the age where the board members want him to retire (or maybe they fired him)

He starts concerned about what he is gonna do now, he is not 30 anymore and no one will hire him or he is too old to start over.
He turns from the window to finish cleaning his desk

There are only two items remaining for him to take (could be more but for time issues let's just say is just these two)

His name plate ( which he puts back in the table or can throw it carelessly in the box) he doesn't care about this anymore he is upset that they are letting him go

the last thing is a family picture which he hasn't really stop to appreciate in a long time, this makes him smile, gives him hope for the future and he puts the picture carefully in the box and then he walks away with the box

Let me know what you think, I want to have some clear gear change and a little endowment there with the two items, it seems a lot and looks like i wont be able to do it in less than 17 sec, in the reference i'm giving a lot of pauses that can be shortened.

I have a fallback idea if this is not very clear.



  1. Hi Daniel, thanks for posting the reference. I like this idea a lot and it has a lot of potential for subtext and endowment, as you say. I am concerned about the length, but more so about how much you are trying to put in one shot: thinking, then packing, then leaving. The progression for the first two ideas is unclear; I get that he's staring out the window, worried about the future (or procrastinating packing) but what motivates him start packing again? Or why, with only 2 small items left, he didn't finish the job in one go. I think you could sell that he is pensive and worried in the way that he packs the box, without showing him looking out the window. This would free up a lot of time and let you focus more on the progression of packing. For the nameplate, it might be cool if the throws it in the trash, to express his anger over the situation. For the photo, what if it was initially hidden under something else, so it is more of a surprise to him when he reveals it? I also feel that looking at a photo of his family might cause him even more worry, as he is concerned about how to support them, and whether he may let them down. Perhaps the photo could be of him and his coworkers in the early days, which brings back a fond memory, or reminds him of his passion. Just some ideas to consider, but I think focusing on one task (the packing) will make the shot more achievable and potentially more specific. I encourage you to follow through with this idea, just try to narrow it down.

  2. Nice idea, Daniel! I think there can be some cool specificity in there. I like playing the contrast between the items he doesn't care about and the ones he does. He could even put in multiple items at once, like dumping pens from a pencil cup, or stacks of papers and folders, which gives the photo even more importance when he picks it up all by itself. If you don't end up going with looking out the window, it could be cool to explore the space a bit more than just the top of his desk, like going through drawers, or taking posters off the wall. Hey! There's an idea. What if he takes a poster off the wall, revealing an old photo of his workmates that he put up when he first got in the office. That way, you have the discovery reaction before the emotional reaction.

    Really cool idea, man! I'm excited to see more.