how do you tell your stories

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  1. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    do you guys have a script planned out or wing it as you go along?

    me? i have a collection of plots on paper that i will soon put on file for reference but every now and then i like to insert random, spur-of-the-moment jokes in when i think they're too good to pass up. :D 

    so how about you guys? :) 
     
  2. newguy

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    I just make it up as i go along, but i forget some stuff when i upload it on photobucket
     
  3. Robticon

    Robticon Out of the Game

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    I just make it up...try to remember it, ummm...
    when I'm editing, I just go with what sounds
    right...um, yeah. :D 
     
  4. Ironhide2005

    Ironhide2005 PS3tag=DeaDPooLTFW

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    This^
     
  5. Zherbus

    Zherbus In Shogo Hasui, we trust.

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    I write a story board with dialogue.

    I take the pictures it calls for.

    I add the effects which takes the longest.

    I add the text then read the update, and flesh it out and edit after.
     
  6. newguy

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    Just put up a new bit for my comic, and forgot a whole conversation. I had some funny stuff in there too. oh well it was all blurry pics.
     
  7. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    You really want an insight into my creative process? Okay, but I demanded cookies :D 

    It all starts with a Word file on my desktop and if I'm ever doing something and an idea pops into my head, I write it down.

    The file is laid out as follows:

    1. A short intro to my comic - the sort of thing that would appear in Star-Wars style rolling text if my comic was ever made into a film. It helps me keep an idea of what I want the tone of comic to be, plus it gives some background.

    2. A list of all my characters, with their aims, ideas and motivations. Imagine tech specs and you get the idea.

    3. A series of full scripts for several episodes, including some that I haven't written yet. All are arranged in order.

    4. A section of short ideas/scenes/one-liners/interactions that I want to happen. Examples of what I put in here include:
    'Megatron stands in front of the crowd and they raise their right firsts in salute to him'
    'Blackarachnia says 'Do not forget that I am in command' to Animus'
    'Barricade gets shot in the chest.'
    'BIGGER EXPLOSIONS??'

    As a rule of thumb, I follow my scripts fairly closely but I'm always willing to make changes. Case in point, my last update. I meant to have Onslaught posed to look all cool and commando-like, but instead it looked like he was facepalming, and thus BB the incompetent first aider was born :lol 

    I'm also limited by what I can do in GIMP, but I find that you've got to try things and practice does make perfect.
     
  8. Strarf

    Strarf Crystal Convoy no more TFW2005 Supporter

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    That's pretty much what I do, but I do script some things out.
     
  9. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    *hands doomboy536 cookies*
     
  10. Zherbus

    Zherbus In Shogo Hasui, we trust.

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    Consider it some of a blessing, since you get to focus more on writing and getting regular updates. Just the page below took me as long as it would have taken to do 2-3 updates including dialogue and photography. It's a trap! :D 

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  11. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    I think up a story, serious or absurd, then take pictures as I go, caption them and upload them.

    Stuff can have impact on how the story goes, but mostly I know what I want to do it what period of time.

    Since all my character ARE the Transformers, I try to keep them as close as possible, only more cooky.
     
  12. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    whoa. now that's a heck of a lot of dedication dude! :thumb s
     
  13. E. C. R. Former

    E. C. R. Former Is probably insane...

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    I pretty much have a general script and panel look outlined in my head (nothing written down).
     
  14. Nagi-Oki

    Nagi-Oki Tracks-O-Phile

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    I just look at my cast first. I say to myself, "I feel like using Tracks tonight." or "I haven't used Arcee in a while..." or "I really wanna introduce Silverbolt." or something along those lines. Given the personalities I've given the characters, the story often writes itself.

    Or I'll have an idea in mind and I just take the pictures I need and tweek the dialogue as I need to to get it to work.

    Very VERY rarely do I ever actually SCRIPT Side B. You can tell because it's so inanely stupid.
     
  15. saberconvoy

    saberconvoy Well-Known Member

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    I do it two ways. For a storyline i write out the script. For a filler i make random stuff. With no script, just stuff off the top of my head.
     
  16. Sharktibolt

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    I have a basic storyline planned in my head, but just about everything else is winging it as I go. :D  I plan to kill a character in the next comic or two, and I still don't know how or who will do it. Heck, it may even end up being two characters that bite the dust. It all depends on what I feel like doing when I take the pictures. :ev: 

    How I usually do it is I take pictures for what I want to happen, and I don't worry about the dialogue until I go to edit the pictures. Which may be a bad thing as I end up cutting dialogue short because I ran out of room in the frame. :lol 
     
  17. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

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    How I come up with my plots? Well, I classify my plots into two sub-types: mini-arcs and Epics.

    Developing my mini-arcs: for my short stories, which take less than 5 panels to tell from start to finish, I start with what the actual plot is. I build off of the main focus of the mini-arc and create a start and finish to make the story flow better. Since I just have a general idea on what I want to happen, the actual product will vary as I come up with the figure poses as I go along, ditto for the text.

    Developing my Epics: anything that needs more than 5 strips to tell start to finish, as well as having a significant change relative to one or more characters (like if they died) that would impact later strips. These start in the same way my mini-arcs do, but I concentrate on having a concrete idea on every part of the story from start to finish, and no matter what I end up making for the comic panels, the story will always follow the plot points I've planned. An example would be my planned "Innocence Lost" story, which is a very story-heavy comic story and may make some people cry.
     
  18. Autobus Prime

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    This seems to be a popular method around here, and it's what I do too. I try to make the photo setup fit the plot. This doesn't always work well, but sometimes it does.

    Tsu's combination sequence in 5.19 went just about how I had it pictured in my head:

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-funnies/91307-autobus-primes-blurry-robot-theater-76.html

    Of course, it's all an excuse to play with toys, isn't it? :D 
     
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  19. Magmatron22

    Magmatron22 HADOUKEN!!!

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    I do about the same thing exept its all jokes for me theres no real plot kinda like them funny robots
     
  20. Magmatron22

    Magmatron22 HADOUKEN!!!

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    Yes
     

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