Here it is, the proposal for my thesis! Now, you’ll all know what I’ve been talking about. I also realized that posting this here, as well as having mailed myself my proposal, is additional copyright protection. 🙂
Also, sharing this with the world will make it easier to really share my progress.
Bodacious Creed ©2010 Jonathan Fesmire
ANM 670 – OL2: MS: Preproduction: Modelers & VFX
March 17, 2010
Background and Setting:
In Arizona, 1860, US Marshal Robert Creed is a man of tough justice, often bending the law in the pursuit and capture of criminals. Still, citizens welcome him as much as outlaws fear him. His bravery, daring, and single minded focus earn him the nickname, Bodacious Creed.
Then, in the summer of 1860, he is shot dead. Dozens of outlaws claim bragging rights on his murder, but who really killed him, none can tell.
This Old West is mostly like our own, but technology has taken a different direction. In Europe and America, steam power has given way to a new source of energy. As it turns out, the luminiferous ether, a substance thought to allow light to move through space, is real, and all around us. Not only that, it can be converted to energy. New gadgets and technologies are emerging: faster trains, marvelous calculation machines, vocal telegraphs.
Some inventors have even been dabbling in replacement body parts. Though many have been successful on animals, none have worked on people.
Well, on the living, at least. You see, other inventors have learned to make ether batteries that can raise the dead. If that weren’t amazing enough, the newly raised dead retain their living intellect, at least, if their brain was relatively intact at death and not too much time has gone by. Plus, some well crafted replacement body parts work just fine on a the raised dead.
In late 1860, a serial killer is going from town to town in Arizona, murdering prostitutes from bona fide brothels, and one madam, is determined to stop him. Turns out, she has the means, because she’s one of those secret inventors who can revive the dead. She’s brought back two of her working girls, but they can’t tell her much; they never saw the killer’s face.
So, she digs up the one lawman she’s sure will stop the killer: Bodacious Creed.
Of course, this a 3D Modeling thesis, and so the back story is here to give it coherence, and focus, as I work on it. It also makes it less likely for the models to seem stereotypically steampunk, western, or horror, while still being a mix of those three genres.
While I understand that a lot of models aren’t necessary, I want to model the madam as well as Robert Creed.
1) Organic Models
a) US Marshal Robert Creed, aka Bodacious Creed, the undead gunslinger. He will have chunks of his face missing and a few replacement body parts that the madam designed. At best, it would be impractical to cast an actor in this role and still achieve the extreme look.
b) The madam. I want to also show that I can model a realistic human with character.
c) A coyote outfitted with a few mechanical parts. This is the gunslinger’s pet.
2) Hard Surface Models
a) An Ether based train engine.
3) Setting Possibilities, all with appropriate technology for the milieu
a) A saloon/bordello
b) A jail house
c) A train interior
d) A villa
In addition to the models, I would like to showcase my texture work. I took the initial Texturing and Lighting course last semester and am in Advanced Texturing and Lighting now. I want to get excellent at texturing, to compliment my modeling skills, so I would like to show them off a bit. I think the best way to do that would be to texture the gunslinger himself. This would allow me to do a variety of textures, from rotten skin to clothing, to some metal.
I appreciate that Vince DeQuattro kept challenging me to improve on my initial western steampunk idea, as it has led to this. I hope this is compelling, and that it will show future employers what I’m capable of creating.
I’m also excited about the basic story, as I think it would make great fiction, in any number of formats. It’s something I may expand on after my thesis is complete.