Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Midterm/Final Project Concept


                                Script:J.C. The Emcee

Elevator line
: Jesus Christ is coming back for a new impression to his fans!
Explanation of theme: The big picture is to create humor out of the messages Jesus delivers.
Tone and execution: The aesthetics will be analog with digital animating.
Objective: The goal is to make the viewer take the Biblical stories less seriously.
Audience: My target audience is college students.

Introduction Interview:
I= Interviewer   J.C.= Jesus Christ
(We see Jesus sitting in a chair next to a sign that says “Jesus Christ Comeback Tour”. The interviewer is not visible)

I- So Jesus, or would you rather me call you J.C.
J.C.- Call me J.C.

I-So J.C., I’ve been dying to ask you..whats your father like?
J.C.- He cool. Sometimes he bitches at me.He be like “blah blah blah follow the ten commandments.”

I-We all wanna know..what do you think about homosexuality?
J.C.- Some of my friends are gay, No homo. There could be worse sins to die for I guess. Beyond contrary belief, The bible says nothing about homosexuality. Some think I’m a cross dresser because of my hair and the attire I choose. I’m just against haters.

I- We are all concerned about your values, can you give us three short values that you live by?
J.C.- Shoot hope not dope. Rules are for fools,(under his breath) except the ten commandments. If your gay, just pray.Quit hatin unless it’s satan.

Middle Music Video:
( We start with a close up of moses)
Moses-Let’s get this party started!
( A view of moses from behind infront of the Red Sea. He slams his cane against the ground and the sea starts to split. The arc rides on the waves and floats to the center. A crowd of nuns comes behind moses screaming approaching the arc.The beat starts as Jesus arises from the stage. The crowd goes wild.)

(Jesus Raps..)

(We see Jesus’s full body shot on the stage)
 I’m the lords emcee
They call me J.C.
Cat’s act like they do, but they don’t know me
My man moses spread the red sea just so you can see me.
(A shot of moses bobbing his head)
I’m the bloody savior with the mindless behavior
I’m here to deliver a new flavor.
And God, I’m delicious.
I’m humble and vicious.
I put taxes on your fishes.
(A shot of a Christian fish with dollar signs inside and then back to the stage)
Heaven passes for all my bitches.
(Throws heaven passes into the crowd)
Go to hell, if you think I’m fictitious.
I’m going to make it rain.
(Rain starts to pour)
Before it hit’s the ground, it’ll be champagne.
Only the beatles got as much fame..
I knew at the last supper
That Judas was a dirty fucker.
Don’t betray me with a kiss.
We’ll be watching on Christmas.
Don’t make me add you to santa’s hit list
(Shot of santa and Jesus in a room with guns)
Spinning heads like exorcist.
(Shot of a fan’s head spinning)
So don’t make me pissed.
If you make me mad,
You’ll get to meet my dad.
Got a flow no one can purchase.
One line in a thousand churches.
East side West side, who do you do it for?
I do it for the lord.
My Schedules kinda hectic.
At ten a clock I get resurrected.
(Shot of Jesus Rapping on the cross)
On the cross fully erected.
(Erection appears)
I’ll never get limp, cause I’m the worlds biggest pimp.
(Back to the stage)
I don’t know if you heard.
But God is the word.
(throws bible at fans)

End Message:

Interviewer- If you had some last messages to your fans, what would they be?

J.C. I’ll be back, so remain faithful. Oh and the stories about me are not factual, they are just metaphors that will guide one to live a better life.

Thought Process:

For my midterm, I would like to expand the Jesus rap video. I want to create a narration or background story for the character. I would like to give a more music video vibe. The goal that I would like to reach is to add more humor to this piece. I have created a process of using hand painted content and bringing it into after effects to animate it. I enjoy making an analog element in my pieces. One of the elements that I enjoy is the mask of the mouth so I will continue to use this element. Like most rap videos, there will be bitches with booty, which will probably be nuns. I came up with this idea over the summer and I came up with a couple story boards, but I haven't chose which one. First I want the video to start off with an interview with Jesus where he explains the hardships of being the savior, probably with Donald King to joke about his age. He will describe Judas like the beef between Tupac and Biggie Smalls. I then want a shot of moses on the boat to introduce Jesus with a rap.Something like "here comes our savior with mindless behavior".After the interview and introduction, Jesus will awake on his couch in his cave. In his hand, there will be a forty that appears clear. In the rap, he will talk about the transformation of water to wine and the forty will become wine. He will explain that it's his last day of being in the cave and his first day on tour. He leaves the cage to find two good looking nuns to fit under his arms. His stage will be the broken down ship. He approaches with groupies surrounding the stage. During his rap, Jesus will explain the hardships endured and there will be shots elaborating the rap. His hardships include; arguments between Jesus and his father, Judas stabbing Jesus in the back, and the devils trickery. This piece will be packed with biblical references. The overall message Jesus will convey is that you don't mess with the son of god. I may even want a conversation between god and Jesus through the clouds like Lion King. Jesus will leave the stage in a poof of smoke or be picked up by his fans for crucifixion. I will post a story board soon.

A sample of what kind of humor I'm looking for:

Like Washington in this video, I want Jesus to do outstanding, impossible things. When brainstorming I thought he could do some of these things: contact with aliens, has super powers, time travels, and all sorts of whimsical things. Like a rapper, I want Jesus to be egotistical and brag about EVERYTHING. I like to picture Jesus rapping on the cross.

A line I was thinking of:
"The definition of religious.
I put taxes on yo fishes.
Serve it up for you bitches."


  1. The analog feel of your original Jesus rap was very interesting and gave the work a unique look. One thing that I think would help this project though is a more animated Jesus. Like Jill said, with the original animation, it was restricted and did really get the articulation I think you wanted. I would suggest combining the layer sequencing and parenting animation to get a better effect - do different compositions of Jesus's poses and then animate each. This would, however, require multiple analog mock-ups.

  2. This is hilarious. I love humour like this because at the end I'ma always like "I have no idea what I watched but I love it." I love the idea of booty-shaking nuns and Moses being Jesus' home dog (or whatever they're called haha). I agree that Jesus should be a lot more dynamic in his movements. Have you heard of The Lonely Island? I think their music videos could give you some serious inspiration on this. One in particular that comes to mind when I was reading this was their song "I'm on a Boat." Also be careful with masking the mouth, so that everything syncs up right since this will be much longer than your original video.

  3. Expanding on you rap video, I think to make it pop more that you should make cuts to his face and make it more shakey like. Some parts where you talk about Jesus talking about his hardships I think kind of sway away from it being funny and making it serious in a since. So try to make it more like a joke like he's making fun of his hardships or something.

  4. Sounds great. This'll be real funny. Usually people have their process all figured out and they lack in the story. But you have your story all figured out. Are you going to record good vocals in the sound booth and mix some music for the video? And someone else also asked about how the image of jesus is going to evolve? Are we going to see him 360°? Not all at once but are you going to have him in all sorts of different positions shot from all sorts of different angles? The washington video was great, but they were just doing different illustrated cells that were changed to the beat, youre doing an actual animation. But even if you did it like they did, I think that would be cool, and still have the video-qulaity of the mouth... So yeah, just think of some ways of how you're going to do it, Good sound is how you keep an audience interested.

  5. I suggest looking at some Trinidad James, the gold all in my chain video is AWESOME totally the egotistical feel. I feel like the beat in the begging could be used similar to what you could do with the jesus music video. I think that close up shots could be paired with like the scene of the nuns all walking in slow-mo. The nuns could have chains too, like rosaries and crosses. Maybe Jesus could "make it rain" as his supernatural power.

    1. hahahah Gold all on my chain, Gold all on my rang, Gold all on my watch * * * Dont believe me just watch.

  6. I like the idea of a rap battle rap beef. It should be EPIC like the epic rap battles between Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss on youtube.

  7. Somehow I missed commenting on your final project and I'm getting back into what is going on here. I think continuing the Jesus video is awesome. It is a great, fun concept, and unfortunately your first time around the animation is jagged due to your inexperience at the time. You have come a long way in a short time and I'm sure that you will be able to really develop a short and smooth animation that will be great to watch. I really encourage you to include some altar boys into the scene.