In the beginning of our 2nd semester we were devided into three different teams by our teacher. Our first task was to find/pick a classical well known fairytale that we wanted to base our own story upon. It was a very tough challenge as everybody in the group was eager to execute their own ideas. When we realized how hard it was to decide on a project, we all agreed that we would have to take it to a vote (where nobody was allowed to vote for their own pitch/idea). It stood between Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (Renes pitch), Sleeping Beauty (Peters pitch), Beauty & The Beast (Grants pitch) and Pinocchio (my own pitch).
Gratifying for me we ended up deciding on Pinocchio. Although we had to change the story quite alot in order to make everyone on the team satisfied. We all collaborated and threw in ideas but even more important: we all learned alot about compromising.
After changing the script many times we finally got to a point where we were all satisfied. We had taken one main idea and molded it into something that everyone could vouch for. We brought it all into our storyboard where we decided on the general timing, the camera angles and the specific transitions between our different shots. We felt awesome and encouraged at this point, and everyone of us was eager to start with the "real" production.
Moodboards, assetlists and sketches. The next few weeks was all about pre-production and researching. We all made concept drawings for the workshop and our props, but Grant was the one we chose to make the conceptual drawings of our Pinocchio character. His clean sketches made the later transition from 2D into 3D a much easier task.