A quick start is to use a comic book story, since you get a head start with the story, script, concept art and even the story-board for easy project management.
An example are these 23 royalty free manga comic book stories, not sure if they are any good, just showing an example of how to quickly and legally move forward:
/Edit, 10 million sold, not bad.
Excellent information. Thank you!
From a strictly logistical standpoint, I’d advise that your short be about robots. If you’re doing robots you don’t have to worry about cloth or hair, and some stiffness in the movements/animation might be overlooked.
Clever observation. It can be a little tougher to get audiences to “care” about the goings on of a soul-less robot. However, allowing that robot to experience a proper “loss” early in the piece will give audiences a chance to identify with him, and route for his later triumphs. A robot that behaves and feels in the way humans do is a super smart idea.
In fact I can almost envision a story for this.
Two highly detailed robots are battling on the deck of what appears to be a super futuristic Space Station. We can see a bright sun, and distant nebulas in the background, even other moons and planets nearby. There are many vertical columns and other structural physical details on this surface allowing the robots to hide behind and maneuver around things. Each of the robots is a fierce destroyer, “Transformers” type awesomeness. I envision laser fire, force fields, flames, freezing rays, you name it these guys have got it.
One robot appears to gain the upper hand on the other, pinning him down. Just before finishing him off we hear a scream from outside the frame. It is the voice of a child screaming “Stop!” This voice comes from a small child sized robot. The robot with the upper hand is momentarily distracted, just long enough for the pinned robot to escape. The pinned robot (say robot A) seems to head directly toward the little child sized robot, while the other robot (robot B) aims his weapon at Robot A opening fire. At this point we realize that a deadly blow has been dealt to robot A, as the child robot begins to vocally indicate some sort of great concern for robot A. Robot A screams to the kid robot to “get away from the situation!” Robot B then fires in the direction of the child robot and barely misses. Robot A returns fire on robot B and injures him slightly, but Robot B easily resumes firing toward the kid again just a moment later. Robot A realizes that he cannot protect the kid bot anymore so he throws a sort of “amulet” into the air. This amulet is in some way highly mechanical looking (like a letter C), and it changes shape once it is airborne starting to glow around the edges, and surrounds itself with a force field. The amulet can navigate in open space, it can fly. Robot A yells to the kid bot “Go!” Robot B clearly has been seeking this amulet, as the moment it becomes visible and airborne robot B starts running toward it. The amulet flies swiftly and directly toward the kid bot as if pre-programmed, but kid bot is hesitant to grab it from the air. Robot A is distraught seeing Robot B only yards away and approaching the kid fast…GO!
Kid bot: Can’t leave you here…
Bot A: Go now!
Bot B: Leave and I will destroy your master, and you too
Kid bot: No please!! My Carrara is yours!
Bot A: Go now!
Kid bot: ...but…
Bot A: ...NOW!!!!
Bot B opens fire on Bot A, literally blasting him into nothingness. Part of the facial area of Bot A lands at the feet of the kid Bot. The kid bot screams! Bot B then turns his head and weapon toward the kid bot opening fire. The kid bot then grabs the piece of facial metal from at his feet. The kid bot also grabs the amulet suspended in the air and presses a small button which enlarges the force field to be large enough to surround the kid bot’s entire form. Bot B’s weapon is now firing rapidly at the kid bot, but the phases cannot penetrate the shield. Kid bot then presses another button on the amulet and the amulet again changes shape into a sort of dialing mechanism. The kid bot then sets what appears to be a destination of some sort. All the while Bot B continues to fire upon the force field, but the kid remains protected. Bot B even tries to punch the force field with his fists but as soon as he makes contact with the field he is blasted backward onto his butt with a bright flash or discharge. Kid bot smiles momentarily. Within a moment of inputting the instruction the amulet starts to glow more brightly than before, and behind the kid bot’s back we see what looks like some sort of portal opening in empty space. The kid bot exchanges a look of hatred with Bot B, then goes through the portal. Bot B tries to follow but the portal closes almost instantly. Bot B displays some sort of grand dissatisfaction with having failed to apprehend the device and to destroy the kid bot. Bot B then reaches into a chamber within this own body and removes an amulet that looks similar to the other one, but not quite the same. It glows, but with a different color. IT too changes into a sort of dialing mechanism, and a destination is set. Another portal opens, but it too looks different than the portal opened by the other amulet. Bot B steps into the portal and it closes behind him.
Fast forward several years. Scene opens on the surface of a beautiful planet, one that looks like Earth in that it has vast vegetation, but it doesnt have to be Earth exactly. Anyhow, we watch what appears to be a shuttle craft entering the atmosphere. Within the Shuttle craft we can see a robot that looks a lot like a grown up version of the kid bot we saw before, a lot like Bots A and B to be exact so we will call him Robot C for now. Anyhow, the ship interior is sweet, and within it are various other robots less sporty looking than Robot C that take on other duties. Robot C appears to be in charge. The shuttle flies over at least one full minute of dense vegetation and cool atmospherics, then giving way to what looks like an infinite cityscape. The cityscape has towers, flying cars and all that. There are still sporadic areas of vegetation. This shuttle lands at some sort of shuttle port, Robot C exits the ship and is escorted toward a beautiful structure by some super cool exotic pseudo sexy sort of Robot, we will call her Robot D or better yet, “Holly Wetcircuit.” Holly Wetcircuit leads Robot C into a grand hall, a Sydney Opera House kind of place. There are all sorts of robots filling the many seats.. random robot chatter…Robot C is lead to a stage where he is confronted with a series of three other Robots, appearing as judges.
Judge A: Are you Zad-D3?
Zad-D3 (aka Robot C): Affirmative
Judge B: Are you a descendant of the original Ray Dream?
Judge C: Where is your assigned Master?
Zad: My Master was destroyed on the Bryce Endeavor WorldBase by my Uncle some time ago I was still a Zygote then.
Judge C: How was this possible.
Zad: My Master was not a descendant of the original Ray Dream, and therefore could not access the full Power of my Carrara. He trained me well before I lost him. But I and only I can defeat my Uncle.
(The judges whisper among themselves)
Judge A,B and C: Where is your Carrara?
Zad: My Carrara is with me always. It is with me now.
(The three judges gasp)
Judge A: You have been called here today because your Carrara has been deemed a danger to our society.
Judge B: Your Carrara gives you the ability to alter reality in any way you desire, and that is too much power for any individual.
Judge C: Worse, without a living Master, it is likely that your Uncle will eventually locate you, and when he does he will destroy all of us. You are not ready to face him. You have not been properly trained.
Judge A: You must relinquish your Carrara.
(The three judges gasp)
Judge A: Show it to us.
Judge B: Yes let us see it.
Judge C: Show us your Carrara.
Zad: As you wish. (Zad produces his glowing amulet (aka Carrara. The Carrara floats suspended near Zad’s torso).
(The three judges gasp)
Judge B: Do you know how to use it, unleash it’s power?
Zad: Admittedly, it’s power is nearly limitless. It would be frightening if I could say I’d tapped all of its power, but I have not.
Judge A: What types of things can you do with it?
Zad: I can create entire worlds. Transport you instantly to any place you desire. Where would you like to go?
Judge C: Take me to the frozen peaks of the moons of Uranus.
Judge B: Take me to the deserts of Mars, where water never falls.
Judge A: Take me to the surface of the sun.
Judge B+C: The Sun?!
Judge A: Why not, if Carrara can do it?
Zad: As you wish. (Zad takes hold of his Carrara, which changes form slightly in his hands to create the dialing mechanism again, and he enters a destination. The three judges and Zad are suddenly transported to a frozen moon.)
Judge C: Wow.
(Zad enters another address) ( The four of them arrive in a bleak desert)
Judge B: Wow.
(Zad enters another address) (The four of them arrive at the surface of the Sun)
Judge A: Seriously….Wow! Please take us back now.
Zad enters another address, and the four are again in the courtroom)
Judge A: Now more than ever the danger of your Carrara is evident.
Judge B: The possibilities are frightening.
Judge C: And worse, you do it all with such ease. This cannot be right. Something must be wrong here!
(Just then there is a blast of phaser fire in the courtroom. Perhaps one of the judges is destroyed. Zad realizes his Uncle has found him and opened fire on innocent victims. Zad and his Uncle fight it out with all sorts of cool displays. Uncle makes some comments about how impressed he is with is nephew, and how destroying his father was really nothing personal. Zad recalls his anger with is Uncle and how he misses his step father aka Master who stepped in for his real father who his Uncle also destroyed trying to get to the kid. The kid is the last descendant of the original Ray Dream. Uncle seeks to control all of the Carraras in the Universe so that he can become a God. A Carrara is a type of device with infinite power. But to unlock this power both parties must be trained, both the artist and the device, it learns how to do what it;s owner desires.
In the end, Zad defeats his Uncle barely, they jump through portals into all different sorts of locations chasing each other, until, in the end, Zad has the opportunity to kill him.
Does Zad destroy him, or does he show mercy?
I say we cut it off right there and never answer the question.
I know, I really did just write that whole thing off the top of my head. Sad right?