29 Apr 2010

Thumbnail storyboard for the lifecycle of a slime mold ( asexual reproduction)

I think I'm going for more stylized interpretation of the process.
Even though it would be stylized, I try to keep the scientific data accurate.

I thought to give myself rules, that would narrow the range of possibilities this animation could be heading for.

Everything takes place in a cave ( one of the environments slime slugs can be found)
Caves are dark, relevantly silent place (I'd imagine hearing water drips and wind blowing perhaps )

As I read in John C. Landlot's article there are rare species of slime molds that are different from terrestrial ones, at the same time the same scenario applies to them just for example the formation of the fruiting body can look differently etc.

But how to show the process in a dark cave?
lets say the scientist's come along and are about to investigate it, dyctiostelids. They would be lighting ''the scene'' where the life cycle takes place.

And yesterday, I wrote a letter with dozen silly questions to P. Klappa about this process, mainly asking for details I didn't found info about in both, articles or videos.

One of the ( not to greatly smart) questions was could the sample of amoebas be coloured so it would be easier to observe them without affecting the process.
He said yes.

Just to make a clue how it might be looking:

Its just a hint what's in my head.

But how its going to look will be more clear from my concept drawings. So far I just need feedback is the story and the direction I'm heading clear. Good's and bad's about it


  1. Hey JJ - I suggest you refine your storyboards still further and generate concept art for your colour values/staging of environment: I suggest too, that you create a storyboard that is properly art-directed - in terms of colour and composition too - and then the feedback will be about your intention, not your provisional intention - make a proper commitment - do it quick - and then the feedback can be truly useful...

    (it appears to me that you're asking all the right questions and going for an intelligent limitation in terms of staging - very positive so far...)