Monday, 6 October 2014

Minor Project: 'Franklin' Character Influences

Below is a collection of influential images for the Franklin character.

 I wanted to retain the naivety of the character, so that he's not matured to the point where he can question or see issues with his actions. He is just living impulsively. 

Because of this, I've decided to keep him around the age of 7 or 8 years old. Whilst the images below vary in age group, the aesthetic is still relevant to the character.

The first influence map depicts children of the 1970s wearing typical clothing and engaging in typical activities of the time. The majority of the images were taken by photographer Colin O'Brien, although I've also included an advertising campaign from the time for Lego. The children in the adverts are not only a similar age to Franklin, but their expressions of accomplishment also resonate with the character and his actions.

The second influence map depicts particularly unsettling children in cinema. For the majority of the story, Franklin is meant to emit an aura of menace, whilst providing an impression of innocence to the rest of the world. The children in the influence map all provide this impression (with the exception of Sid from Toy Story, who was included as a source of influence for the second act).

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