The Taffetas Animation Production and Marketability




The Taffetas animation will be a Flash-based puppet
animation with special effects and compositing done
in After Effects. This is so that we can work in-house
as well as distribute our media more on the internet.

Puppet, or cut-out animation, relies on a marionette-
like base for the characters made up of various shapes
that create the whole (for instance, Gemini's arms are
made up of two cylinder shapes that are connected at
the elbow like a puppet). In Flash, Toonboom or any
other animation programs similar , an animator can
then move and manipulate these shapes to animate.



For Taffetas, puppet animation makes sense not only
for production and resource reasons, but also for our
fashion and marketability plan. Take note of the var-
ious outfits we can put Gemini in, ready to go for ani-
mation for whatever episode we are now working on!





The Wardrobe

For The Taffetas, one of the elements we're hoping to emphasize is the fashion of the characters. Like Mad Men, Ugly Betty, or Sex and the City, we want to be trend-setters, and have our audience not only come back to find out what happens to our characters, but what our characters are wearing.

This is also a marketable endeavor as well. Since our series is web-based, the possibilities for a whole new way of advertising is ready to be tapped for any potential sponsors of our series.

Imagine our characters wearing a certain new clothing store fashion line, and the audience being able to directly click on that outfit in the show if they like it. They would then be directed to the online store of said clothing line, directly to that one outfit, for instant purchase.




Gemini's Wardrobe
Ever a bubbly ray of sunshine in the Taffeta household, we want Gemini's clothing to reflect her outgoing and eccentric personality. Gemini wears bright tones, patterns, and clothing choices that shouldn't work, but surprisingly do sometimes. She also has an affinity for nautical themed wear (or anything she deems nautical themed) and loves cute dresses and mismatched stockings.

Gemini's clothes
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Veil's Wardrobe
Ever the stickler for fashion, Veil Taffeta sports a stylish but conservative wardrobe. From casual to formal affairs, he makes sure to look his best in any given situation. He finds an affinity towards neutral tones in his outfits, sporting blues, browns, blacks, whites, and grays with a little maroon once in a while as his spiciest color choice. He looks great in one-button suits and knows this. He has given up on life if he is in sweatpants or a t-shirt.

Veil's clothes
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Other Wardrobes
Veil and Gemini are not the only characters with unique and intriguing wardrobes! Many of the other characters, too, sport their own style and flare.

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"Creepy Dad"




Here's a fun scene given to us as a gift that exemplifies Veil Taffeta's plight: he's a nice guy...just can't always show it.
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Sketch comic by the amazing Gemma Wilson!
Hello Everyone,
To make things much easier this site has been getting a bit of a face lift in some of the posts to better understand our story and our intentions within. To those who have been following the blog faithfully or have been working alongside with us, a small portion of this information may be repeated, but it will allow for better navigation (the links in the lower part of the blog header) and an easier read for those just joining in.

The most recent changes
and more are to come soon as we continue to speak with people and advice is given. We hope with each change, things become more informative with much more clarity.

Proposed Schedule #2

Hello again,
I am hoping everything is going well! For all those who have volunteered their time to us, we would like to thank you for sharing your talent with us. We appreciate everyone of you working so hard on our project. To make things easier, we had thought to give a bit of a time line to when we expect things to be done. This includes our own assignments as well as any others for the quarter. Now all this is tentative, and things can be switched around, but for the most part we are trying to hold true to what as said. The crew resources tab has been updated to include this schedule.

Taffetas project goals for spring quarter 2011

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Our goals for this quarter are as such:

  • Schedule a meeting with Pat Heglbig [√]
  • Update "The Taffetas Sketchbook" weekly (which can be viewed every Tuesday) [√]
  • Create campaign “Let’s Make History” []
  • Have the first (pilot) episode of the Taffetas written and boarded out []
  • More scenes storyboarded out []
  • Have pre-production work for The Taffetas short scene. This includes voices, colored backgrounds, puppets completed, gathering of sound designers/composers and animators! []
  • More fashion designs for Gemini and Veil, as well as Sapphire and Elena. []
  • Have a website up-and-running for the show []
  • Refine the pitch book and tweak pitch presentation []
  • tweak episode synopsis and create series synopsis []


Goals by a week to week bases will become available after this quarter's Senior Soiree. We hope to see some of you there!

Meet Cypress



Cypress : the adopted son

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Cypress Taffeta is an 18 year old boy who tags along with Veil, subconsciously in search of a father figure. He's the type of character who is stubborn, brash, and a bit rude, but fiercely loyal and dependable to the people he likes. He once lived on a farm with his old family, but has lived in the city for quite some time in the same apartment complex as Veil.

  • I... I can do it! Why would you bother paying for someone, when you have me right here!
  • It's her fat that makes her look fat! ...Whaat, it's true.
  • Hha..hello dad, I fixed the plumbing you needed done. Ignore the water shooting out, I uhhhh, it supposed to go like that.
  • Thhhhat's sooo cool!
  • He's a good man, anyone would be lucky ... to have a father like him

Ultimately, Cypress tries his best to be helpful but just can't seem to do anything right. In fact, because of his constant slip-ups, he switches in and out of crummy jobs so often that it's likely if you see him working at a sandwich shop on Tuesday, you'll find him working at the grocery store on Thursday.


Luckily for him, however, and very unlucky for those around him, Cypress never loses his unfounded amount of confidence that he can do many things he actually can't, including skills in woodcraft, plumbing, and electrical repair which usually result in thousands of dollars worth of damages.


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Gemini Turnaround



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Here's the turnaround for Gemini Taffeta!


The Taffetas is proud to support people of all shapes and sizes, as we hope comes across with our characters. We especially want to break the trend of only certain body types ever seeming to get leading roles in most media productions. Perhaps we can help break this trend!

Meet Ronnie


Ronnie Feldspar : The Nosy Golem
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Ronnie is a large, maroon-colored friend of the Taffetas who is helpful and kind but a little too nosy and enthusiastic. He makes and enjoys home-cooked meals with Gemini and is always there to offer some sage advice that only a rock can give. Rumor has it he actually has a family of his own to take care of, but Ronnie will never say, as he prefers welcoming himself into Veil’s apartment whenever he pleases, and spending breakfast and dinners with their family.

His role in The Taffetas is that of a paternal figure for both Veil and Gemini, and is always there to (try to) smooth things over when the couple gets into an argument. However, he makes a terrible secret-keeper and his blabber mouth often gets him into trouble.

He's also quite the interesting artist:

this is a drawing of Gemini.

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Meet Cook and Poppy


Cook : the silent inventor
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Cook is a quiet man with a brilliant mind. He is most often in his room, amidst his mass of shiny stolen goods, using spare parts to create his next amazing invention with the help of his aide, Poppy, his most prized invention
  • "...."
Cook is Gemini’s half-brother and the girl’s most trusted confidant. She understands his off-putting zombie-like nature and treats him as any other person.

Poppy : Cook's constant robotic companion

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Poppy is a muffin-shaped super-robot that was programmed to assist her mute inventor with tasks ranging from basic needs, to making friends, to becoming a weapon in dire needs. Because of her programming, she can only belt out a string of compliments and will often just shout a long happy “YAY!!”

  • Yaaaay!
  • All functions are 100% ... Yayyyy!
  • Ohhhhhhhhhh! Well ... that's still just as good!
  • ... well, it's nice to meet you! I am a fully functional friend. YAAAAAAAY! We are friends!
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Meet Jeremy


Crow :the gossip
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Crow is the gossipy cousin of Sapphire who loves nothing more than spreading rumors, making people blush, and causing trouble.

  • Oh hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Celeste! Oh my, look at you and your little...euh- skirt. Love it. Fabulous. Wonderful. Okay hun, bye-bye. (pause) ... oh my god, did you see her skirt? Poor thing has no idea and she's going to walk around like that all day.
  • Oooohhh~ Guess what little bit I know? Should be most interesting for you.
  • That dress looks so cute on you!...Of course, I pull it off better.


Wolf’s best friend, Jeremy is constantly coming into contact with the Taffetas, appearing in their home at random times just of get a stir out of the couple- especially Mr. “tall, dark… and blue”, Veil. He has a particular dislike of Gemini becuase of a past skirmish between the two.  He perceives her as patronizing and a girl getting a bit too chummy with his idolized crush, Eschewal, who is oblivious to Crow’s feelings for him.

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Meet Tom Wooley



Thomas Wooley, the anti-conservationalist sunflower
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Tom Wooley is a hard-working, successful lawyer. He will work day and night to get the Taffeta family out of trouble (and oh, do they get in trouble!). A pro-war, anti-conservationalist with a large arsenal of weapons at home, Tom believes in being prepared and taking the initiative. Despite his aggressiveness in the courtroom and his staunch conservative viewpoints, Tom is a friendly enough guy to most people who don't clash with his beliefs... Oh, also, he's a sunflower.
  • Pay you to protect the rainforest? Now why would I do that?
  • Well, flora have few natural defense mechanisms so I've just...stocked up on a few. Want to go out back and see how the flamethrower works?
  • ...oh, you like the dart gun, buddy? That's just in case all of the other ones fail.
  • (SIGH) Everyone keeps telling me I need to settle down with a nice bee, but I just haven't found the one yet.
Tom comes to be Veil’s closest friend but unbeknownst to Veil, the man is actually a bit lewd – he spends his lunch breaks watching bee pollination videos in his office, and is a personal collector of Georgia O’Keefe. It’s no wonder the man can’t find the right bee or flower to settle down with like his mother wants. ‘



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Meet Damien



Damien : the social vegan
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Damien is a man with a pompous attitude and the body of an Adonis, barred only by his scaly face and forked tongue. A bit of a jerk, he finds pleasure in frustrating other people, often pretending to be a vegan just so he can admonish people for not being environmentally conscious. In the safety of his own home, however, he enjoys fried chicken and burgers with his roommate, Crow. It’s alright though, he works it off during his day-job, as a nimble trapeze performer who shares the stage with his baby elephant Ella.

Damien grew up knowing Gemini and sees her as a mother figure, which gets a little weird considering he has taken a liking to his pseudo-mom’s best friend, Sapphire.



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Meet Wolf


Wolf W. Wolf
: the sleazy artist
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Wolf is just your average guy…with a wolf head. As a resident artist in Sapphire’s home, he spends his days stealing diamonds, perusing the ladies, and smoking, eating and drinking to his (probably failing) heart’s content. As a true artist, he’s never content with his work and oftentimes the residents of Sapphire’s household can hear him proclaim that his newest piece is finally finished, only to see him erase it ten minutes later.

  • No man, it's beautiful, like a majestic eagle ... only an owl.
  • Hey blueberry legcakes... yeah blueberry legcakes, that's perfect for you
  • Think about it, my intials are W . W . W. I'm like the internet.


Wolf acts the unlikely mentor to Gemini Taffeta, offering advice in strange, round-about analogies that often relate to art history or food, two of his favorite subjects. Throughout the story, though, Wolf’s feelings towards Gemini becomes much more affectionate as the two spend time together making cakes, hitting the town, and bothering Sapphire. It’s a shame she’s already taken.

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Meet Elena


Elena : The Needy Siren
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Elena is a siren who hasn't got a hold of her powers of persuasion yet. Her age is about 14-18. Her tone is a bit more high pitched but not annoyingly so. She craves affection and often asks the males she is around for attention or protection. If she enters the Taffeta’s house she often demands things while Gemini sits there angrily, unable to do anything about Elena’s control over the male members of her family.
  • Please!
  • Why can't you just be with me instead. I'm just as good right?
  • I want that one. Get it for meeeeee? :)
  • Oh, well I don't see the point in children, they just take take take
She can seem very sweet and innocent, but ultimately acts as such out of a possessive need to be liked and cared for. Should you befriend this young lady out of pity you will find yourself getting more than you bargained for. She identifies herself and finds worth and comfort only through the people whose company she keeps. She seeks out the popular, talented, and prestigious, especially if they are male, since she seems to hold a certain special sway over them in particular.



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The Taffetas Sketchbook Page 04



Taffetas Sketchbook Page 04: Meet Elena

Elena is a young siren who can seem very sweet and innocent, but ultimately acts as such out of a possessive need to be liked and cared for. Should you befriend this young lady out of pity you will find yourself getting more than you bargained for. She identifies herself and finds worth and comfort only through the people whose company she keeps. She seeks out the popular, talented, and prestigious, especially if they are male, since she seems to hold a certain special sway over them in particular.

If you like Elena you might be interested in offering us your talents! We need a costume designer for her and are still looking for voices for nearly all of our cast, including, of course, Elena. Contact Yesenia Carrero at ycarre20@student.scad.edu if interested!


Meet the Cast



 Please excuse us while we update this page!

Help Wanted for Spring 2011 !

Hello Everyone

I'm sure you all had a wonderful break! Currently, Taffetas proves to be a very promising project for everyone involved! We have been busy these last few days speaking with possible distributors and seeking out sponsors to get the actual show in production, and are coming into contact with a lot of great networking along the way. Until we can get a solid footing with any distributor or sponsor, however, we are currently in production of an animated short scene for the pitch and are working on refining our pitch in general in order to appeal more to possible sponsors, so we'll need the help of more talented people again this quarter!


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1. Taffetas project goals for spring quarter 2011
2. Seeking Voice Actors, Background Artists, Sound Designers, and Animators
3. Updates to the blog, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!

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1. Taffetas project goals for spring quarter 2011
Our goals for this quarter are as such:
  • Have the first (pilot) episode of the Taffetas written and boarded out
  • More scenes storyboarded out
  • Have pre-production work for The Taffetas short scene, storyboarded by Nana Boaschie, completed. This includes voices, colored backgrounds, puppets completed, gathering of sound designers/composers and animators!
  • More fashion designs for Gemini and Veil, as well as Sapphire and Elena.
  • Update "The Taffetas Sketchbook" weekly, which can be viewed every Tuesday on our blog (LINK)
  • Have a website up-and-running for the show
  • We're going to need all the help we can get to continue to keep our pitch strong! If you have the time to volunteer, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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2. Seeking Voice Actors, Background Artists, Fashion Designers, Storyboard Artists, Sound Designers, and Animators
As mentioned prior, we have a lot of positions open for people to contribute to The Taffetas project! Job descriptions include:
  • Voice Actors: We are looking for reliable voice actors for our lead, Gemini, as well as many of the minor characters. We require an audition for the part.
  • Background Artists: We are currently looking for backgrounds artists for The Taffetas short animation project for the pitch
  • Fashion Designers: we are in need of fashion designers to create chic and unique designs for our leads, Gemini and Veil, as well as minor characters Elena and Sapphire.
  • Storyboards Artists: we are always in need of storyboard aritsts to help us visualize the show in little snippets to show to investors and supporters. Portfolio for storyboard artists is now required as we are looking for people with decent drawing and storytelling skills
  • Sound Designers: For The Taffetas short animation project for our pitch, we need a sound designer to help bring our animation to the next level!
  • Animators: Finally, we'll be needing After Effects animators for the Taffetas short animation. Demo Reel required. Must have character emphasis and having worked with digital animation (Flash or AE) prior is a plus.

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3. Updates to the blog, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
We are currently in the process of re-vamping the blog to make it easier to navigate. Be sure to bookmark the blog as well, as we continuously update!

Also, don't forget to http://www.facebook.com/#!/Taffetas"> like our group on Facebook to make it easier to follow us! You will receive updates on when we post to the blog to your newsfeed.

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Thank you,
Yesenia Carrero & Tracy MacLauchlan

(Co creators of The Taffetas
© 2011)

The Siren : Thank You to All New Supporters!



Hello everyone,

I was going to wait to upload this one after the sketchbook page upload due out tomorrow which has this image in it but unshaded, but since Jess and I are really pleasantly surprised at the sudden DA/FA support today thanks to the amazing fyuvix (Brianna Alexendar) and `Katmomma and whoever else I'm missing, that we thought I should just go ahead and put this one up for anyone watching my account or the blog.

We're really excited at all the talent being offered to us and we'll get to responding to all the sudden e-mails of all the amazing people interested in volunteering their time and talent ASAP. Thank you everyone for the support, it's always a pleasant surprise how much people believe in the project and it really keeps us going :).


About the image:

This drawing features one of our antagonists, Elena.

Elena is a young siren who can seem very sweet and innocent, but ultimately acts as such out of a possessive need to be liked and cared for. Should you befriend this young lady out of pity you will find yourself getting more than you bargained for. She identifies herself and finds worth and comfort only through the people whose company she keeps. She seeks out the popular, talented, and prestigious, especially if they are male, since she seems to hold a certain special sway over them in particular.

If you like Elena you might be interested in offering us your talents! We need a costume designer for her and are still looking for voices for nearly all of our cast, including, of course, Elena. Contact Yesenia Carrero at ycarre20@student.scad.edu
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