Saturday, 6 February 2016

Adaptation B: Charles Dickens' Characters

As I have taken a slight break from this side of the adaptation project, whered oing work is concerned, I have still been thinking about both the style and choice of characters for the final animation. Charles Dickens has a wide range of characters of various personalities and appearances. I think this also needs to be the case in the animation as there can't be just be 6 of the same type of character. There should be conflict and contrasts between them, which would then lead to a more entertaing result.

If I do intend to go down the route of having it shown with one image, i.e. you see all the buildings on screen throughout the duration of the animation, there should only be about 5 or 6 characters, so they fit the screen well (Not too far away or too close). I have been looking into Dickens' well known stories and have, therefore, been considering the characters. I think there should only be a maximum of 2 characters from the same story, as if there were more it would just feel like you were watching an adaptation of that story.

I have some ideas about some characters, but some I still don't know much about. Below are a list of characters that could go in the animation, with intial ideas about their appearance/personality next to them:
  • Oliver Twist - Oliver Twist (1837) - Small, Innocent, Friendly, Gentle
  • Fagin - Oliver Twist (1837) - Obscure, Intimidating, Somewhat Frightening, Mysterious.
  • The Artful Dodger - Oliver Twist (1837) - Cocky, Quick Witted, Bombastic, Cockney.
  • Daniel Quilp - The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) - Ghastly, Crooked, Aggressive, Strange.
  • Ebenezer Scrooge - A Christmas Carol (1843) - Scary, Unliked, Dark, Mean --- Odd, Friendly, Excited, Enthusiastic.
  • Mrs. Gamp - Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) - Funny, Drunk, Crazy, Surreal, Imaginative, Witty.
  • Uriah Heep - David Copperfield (1850) - Ugly, Thin, Strange, Obsessed, Weird.
  • Miss Havisham - The Great Expectations (1861) - Wrathful, Betrayed, Alone, Ghostly.
Fig.1 Fagin from Oliver! (1968) Played by Ron Moody 

Illustration Reference:
Fig.1 Fagin from Oliver! (1968) Played by Ron Moody - - (Accessed 06/02/2016)

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