new story

Ok. so from the story workshop I have decided to work with the origin story based on 'Trombone-man'!
when Phil explained it could be have a grain effect to it, to make it look like its very old fashion and 1930's style to it. I guess I will have to search for things and objects that we used a laboratory at the time period.

am not sure how my superhero will first get the power of trombone man, but i have thought of a few way that his body can be mixed up with the trombone.

i think i should go with the regular story of the radioactive object fusing with human molecular structure or the power to adopt one object a make that into a power.

i like the object in power option because i can turn this into a joke.

ACT ONE:through out this whole animation there will have a grainy old fashion style to it.

shot saying : The worlds must useless superheros! episode 64.

Narrator : "Hello and welcome to episode 64 of. THE WORLDS USELESS's superhero is Trombone"

the words Trombone man will get plastered across the screen in large letters in a cut scene.

Narrator: "Trombone man also known as , Dick Harley. was raised and born in New york, in 1932, a great period for other useless superheros, like skipping man and stare-at-your-feet-girl. Dick was a straight A* student and won a gammy for his genetic research"

-a shot of a old abandoned factory at the middle of night,

-a zoom up on the factory name and

Narrator: Dick was working late one night after discovering the missing gap in the human DNA structure, he realized that he was able to put a DNA strand as a talent to fight evil.

-Fade shot into the building

-a slow zoom up on door inside factory, emitting lights flashing.

-snap shot of a scientist working hard, stop and admire his finished machine

-pan sideways to show how filthy the lab is.

-snap shot of monkey in transparent box playing with a toy gun and finding it hard to hit the targets.

-close up, snap shots on hands playing with bottoms and twisting knobs

-a freeze fame on the last bottom as its pushed

-from frozen frame, a slow pan up to the scientist face as he puts his goggles.

-a pan back down to his hands pulling on leaver downwards

-snap shot of the monkey in the transparent box as a laser zaps him. monkey collapse.

-monkey wakes up with slowly in POV view

-from monkeys POV, Dick looks in amazement and approaches him

-extreme close up of Dick's eye with a shocked impressing

-mechanical shot behind Dick viewing monkeys hand glowing

-close up of monkey picking up gun.

-mechanical shot of from hand as monkey shots all of targets

Narrator: "it turns out that the object can only be pick from touch, and once touched, the power to adopt was lost, in return the monkey was perfect with his ability but the only problem was that the monkey's hand was also fussed with the gun. making this new discovery. Dick's tries out his new genetic changing machine. he placed his self in the box and set the machine on self-timer. and slowly considers the object that is best to pick to fight crime with".

-snapshot of monkey shooting targets blindfolded

-snap shot of monkey shooting targets upside down.

-snap shot of Dick writing notes and smiling

-from the shot of Dick smiling a faded out shot to a table arranged with different weapons that could be used to fight crime. (nun-chucks, swords, ninjas stars etc.)

-maniacal shot from the table to the transparent box with Dick inside.

-snap shot of laser charging up

-flash of light as laser goes off


-pan down to view darkened of Body on floor

Narrator: Dick now had the power to choose what ever object he could and use it for the great good of this world,

- mid shot of Dick standing up and ... moving wheezily

Narrator: now if Dick had waited a little while longer or had a tidied his Lab he wouldn't have the little accident!.

-close up on dicks foot stepping on a marble and slipping and turning at same time.

- slow motion shot as Dick's face is screaming and as his back falling towards the cam.

-snap shot of a trombone on floor facing nozzle side down

-snap shot Dick's face (getting faster)

-snap shot of trombone (zoomed up)

getting faster - repeated twice

Narrator: So kids clean you room or could end up like Dick Harley!

-Slow zoom out from trombone fussed with Dick's known part of Dicks body. (still zooming out)


words covering screen saying. Trombone man Powers

Narrator: well.... the truth is kids ... he one has one power....and its rather embarrassing

-close up of trombone man making a trombone sound... his lips don't move

-close up of his armpits as another trombone sound plays and they don't move Iver

-snap shot of trombone and a zoom of it fussed to he buttocks.

-snap shot trombone man face .. unhappy (held frame)

-sound of trombone

-trombone man flies to the right with long sound of trombone.



  1. Interim Online Review 16/02/2010

    Hey Godwin,

    It doesn't all work, but your story idea made me laugh - and it's clear from your written script that you have an intuitive understanding of 'how to cut'... I think Act 1 is fine, but it should be 'Episode 64 of The World's Most Useless SuperHeroes' If you're going to use narration - and I think you should as it fits your era, you can use it to set things up very quickly.

    'In an old abandoned factory on the outskirts of town, Dick Harley is working hard on his experiment to combine human DNA... ' etc.

    Your Act 2 doesn't read very well and seems a bit complex - that said, I very much like the monkey idea - perhaps, if you make the monkey pissed off (because he's been experimented on so many times - perhaps he's some kind of mutant, spliced with other stupid objects) you can make him responsible for dropping in the trombone - in an act of revenge - you could have him looking a long an array of possible objects to throw into the machine - before settling on the trombone with a devilish grin...

    Your Act 3 - with the fart gag - is puerile - but perfect - so yes, clean up your act 2 - right now it's too busy and it takes too long. Make the monkey key and give him a revenge motif, and then I think the whole thing knits together very nicely; in terms of styling the whole piece take a look at...

    I'm not seeing much evidence of your cabin being posted here? Trust me when I say, Godwin that you REALLY need to take that retake seriously - and I want to see it coming together NOW.

    Meanwhile, your written assignments have been pretty darn poor so far - and you desperately need to sort this; I hope you're accessing Tracey Ashmore as I've suggested. You should be. Please see the next 2 comments for general guidance re. the Unit 4 essay - and if you haven't started it yet - you absolutely need to.

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