The Taffetas 2012 review and 2013 plan




 Hi everyone! Tracy here.

Today's post is our last post until the New Year! It's crazy to think another year is almost behind us! A lot happened in 2012, both in co-creator Yesenia's and my own life, and with our project. I am writing about this year in review, what to look out for 2013, and also a reminder about our winter contest.

2012 In Review
Between moving three times, applying to and starting our new job, we managed to completely overhaul our concept and complete all the writing for our new pitch. This was a difficult process, we had to drop a lot of dear ideas and the revisions seemed endless (even now, we can still spruce up some things), but thanks to all of your help and support we are much happier with our story now. I am most proud of this accomplishment.

Since the completion of our writing, we've moved on to concept art to use in our pitch book, which includes drawing out our proposed characters and then trying to render them in the style we want for our show.

For my part, I still have a lot of drawing ahead of me and there is some hold up on my production for personal reasons, but I'm holding out that after Christmas my productivity will increase again.

All the while, we're still moving forward with everything. Yesenia is doing a great job vectoring my concept images so far and we continue to tweak our style. We've posted style tests earlier, but to be honest this process is still on-going:


We liked the direction of our last tests but we're leaning back again on something a bit more like our old style in order to bring back more detail in the final render of the work, which will hopefully skew our look more towards our intended audience.





 Plans for 2013
The finish line for our pitch book is in sight, so we're also preparing for production - that is, the creation of video content based on our show's premise. Yesenia and I took some screenwriting classes, and aside from my duties as artist, I'm also researching authoring a pilot episode.

This is going to be me in a few weeks
The script, at the very least, will be completed this year, which means we're going to start reaching out to our Voice Actors and VA hopefuls. I am so touched that our volunteer VAs are as patient with us as they are, and I just really want to thank all of you again.

Aside from video content, there is of course the main purpose of our pitch book- to pitch. We will seek out funding and distribution opportunities in late 2013 with everything we've done so far.

We may also seek out a producer and a production assistant to help us organize and communicate with everyone. I will post more details if and when we decide to do this, but if anyone is interested in helping us in these areas, drop us a line at info@thetaffetaspitch.com


The Taffetas winter Contest
As a reminder, on Deviantart we're running a contest with a grand prize of custom animation, digital art, a subscription (or USD equivalent), a custom acrylic charm, and a feature here on the blog. We've had some great entries so far, but it's not too late to enter. The Deadline is 12/25.

Thank you all for your continued support, and Yesenia and I hope all of our readers have a great holiday.

Progress since Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone!
This is Yesenia. Today’s post is an update on our progress so far.

We will be going over 3 things: Our progress with the art that will be appearing in the character section of the Taffetas pitch book, an overview of some of the lectures we have gone to in the last couple of weeks, and a small reminder for anyone interested to join our Taffetas Winter Contest.

Our Latest Progress
We are getting closer to completing Veil’s final character poses and working towards hitting key expressions that we feel exemplify him and provide a nice contrast to our hero, Gemini.
Although Tracy is almost done, she may redo some pieces
in order to get the best out of her artwork. Afterwards I will tighten out the layout.

We are almost there though!
After Tracy completes Veil she will be focusing on Elena and I will continue to vector what Tracy draws and push our style.

Out-n-About
Tracy and I try to hit every forum, meeting, and lecture series we can if it can benefit our pitching or storytelling abilities. We try to soak up as much information possible.

Lucky for us, both our jobs at Hallmark and the growing entrepreneurial focus in Kansas City gives us a lot of opportunities to learn from people with professional experience. One of the most rewarding experiences in doing the Taffetas project is the amount of support we get. There is always a fear when talking about our project that someone is going to one day listen to us, stew for a bit, then flip over a table and tell us to never show our faces again.
please, please ... let that not happen.

But enough about that, here are some of the key panels we went to that give us a much better understanding into what we need to keep in mind when finishing our pitch bible and telling our story.
  • KC Digital Storytelling
    The Kansas City Digital Storytelling Forum focused largely on the aspect of “what is digital storytelling,” What is the future of digital storytelling in Kansas City, and how is the Internet is shaping who gets to produce content.
  • ABC presentation on pitching and marketing
    This lecture was a very informative talk on what happens after you send in your pitch to a big studio. While both Tracy are not brand new to pitching, it went beyond things you should have in your book and into a first hand account of what an executive at a major television distributor has to deal with once a pitch is successful.
    It explained how many pitches ABC alone receives and largely where they come from, what they are looking for when accepting a pitch, and what credentials are important.
  • Screenwriting Overview
    Tracy and I are artists, not writers, but we have a story we want to share with people. If you are anything like us, the best advice I can give is to really study writing.
    Screenwriters tell stories in a specific way, and this workshop discussed some basic ideas and concepts about the format of your average movie plot.

The Taffetas Winter Contest.
I’d like to remind our readers not to forget about our winter contest, where you can win a DA subscription (or USD equivalent), art, animation, and acrylic charms from Tracy and I.


The Early Bird deadline is approaching on December 17 - less than 2 weeks away! - and the final deadline on the 25th, so don’t forget!

Stay tuned 
We always appreciate support and comments, so don't feel shy to share your thoughts through our blog, facebook, tumblr, or e-mail, especially if you have questions. I look forward to our continued progress and hearing from you all along the way.
Thanks everyone!

Taffetas Winter Contest & Update

Hello Everyone!
This is Yesenia, and today’s post is about our first Taffetas Contest as well as a small update with our progress so far.

Our progress with concept art:
In our last post, Tracy and I were just finishing the final renders for Gemini.

Since last update, I’ve completed the expression sheet in our new vector style (before lighting effects), and now that we have a final “look” decided on Tracy can begin the test animation (similar to her old blink-animation tests), so we can make sure it looks good on paper and the screen.


In the meantime Tracy and I are working on Veil, as well!

He’s always so much harder to draw … It’s that nose


Taffetas Winter Contest:
Since it’s getting close to the holiday season, Tracy and I pulled a little bit of money together for a winter contest. It will be officially held on Deviant Art, but anyone can enter.


The Contest
Draw, craft or write a winter themed scenario involving one or more of our characters from The Taffetas.

We will judge the work based on originality, creativity, technique, and staying true to our characters.

Entries accepted no later than Monday, December 24th 1:00am EST through our Tumblr, Facebook, or Deviant Art. Winners will be announced no later than December 31st.

The Prizes
  • Early Bird Prize – 2 randomly chosen entries completed before Dec. 17th will be awarded a hand-crafted wood charm pendant necklace or broach* sent to you via mail (Winning this does not exempt you from any other prize, so it is possible you might be Early bird winner & Grand Prize winner).
  • Grand Prize – A piece that Yesenia and I judge to be the grand prize will win a year subscrption to DA (or USD equivalent via paypal), a handmade acylic or wood ornamant or necklace of your own design (either crafted with Yesenia’s help or as a collaboration), and a short animated gif of a character or characters of your choice in Taffetas style, by Yesenia and Tracy.
  • Popular Winner – Chosen by Deviantart poll. The person with the most votes wins a 3 month subscription to DA, a handmade 2-3inch acylic charm, and a high resolution digital drawing of subject of your choice
  • 2nd Place – A 1 month subscription to deviantart (or USD equivalent via paypal), and a high resolution digital drawing of subject of your choice from either Tracy or Yesenia.
  • 3rd Place – A 1 month subscription (or USD equivalent via paypal)
ALL winning entries will receive a feature on Tracy’s Deviantart, The Taffetas Tumblr, and our production blog.

Charm & pendant sample (engraved acylic and wood), handcrafted by Yesenia:

Tracy's Artwork and Animation: Deviantart | Tumblr
Yesenia's Work: Deviantart | Tumblr

 Rules & Limitations
  • Limit two entries per person
  • Entries must be submitted to our Tumblr, Facebook, or Deviantart pages to be considered (DeviantArt preferred). No entries will be accepted via e-mail or Blogger
  • With the exception of the Early Bird Prize, a person who wins one prize cannot win another
  • However, a person who wins the Early Bird Prize can win another prize
  • Crossovers are allowed only with creator owned original characters and stories
  • Keep it classy. Please represent our story and characters respectfully. Nothing beyond PG-13 work, please!

Disclaimer
We will not use your creations for official Taffetas purposes. This contest is for fun only!
There will be no refunds or re-dos of contest prizes.


Keep Up-to-date with the contest via Tracy’s Deviantart Journal. We’ll be updating it in a timely manner with FAQ and links to the submissions as they come up there.

Style Tests and Upcoming Animation Tests


 Hello Everyone! Tracy here. Today's post is an update on my and Yesenia's progress with our concept work and our upcoming animation test!

 That's right. We're making more animated tests! Last year, before Yesenia and I changed our original concept, I created the first mock animations, our "Veil and Gem blinking animations". I'm super excited to see our characters come to life again.


The plan is to create a short, gif-like piece of each main character as I complete the concept work for them. The reason: we want to familiarize ourselves with our work-flow process and to give me some fun, leisure animation to work with. I hope they'll be something for everyone to enjoy, and I'm thinking I will put together a tutorial of my animation process after I have a few Taffetas examples to work with.


It will take me a while to complete, but for now, you can view the rough animatic for Gemini's test on tumblr! It's going to be so cute!

As for our progress with concept art, I'm still working on Veil's drawings, and in the meantime, Yesenia is vectoring the Gemini artwork I completed last update.

Both of us are working to find the final look of our proposed show. Yesenia recently created style tests from my Gemini expression sheet. When we find the style we like best, we can then create final illustrations and assets for our animation tests.

Gemini style tests by co-creator Yesenia Carrero

 So far, I'm liking the test with a few more lines into the final coloring of the work (the middle test by Yesenia) but staying away from over-rending the piece with vector shapes, as in the left test, which is how we've rendered our style in the past.

Animation Effects/Lighting test by me

The lighting effects were always what Yesenia and I wanted for Taffetas, and it's something I can do in Flash or After Effects, so I don't expect to cut that. Yesenia also wants to experiment with the introduction of gradients into the work, which I'm anxious to see too!

I can't wait to share more of our work with you all. 
Thank you for your supportive comments through Tumblr and Deviantart, and don't forget that if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail us, comment here on the blog, or our facebook!

Gemini Concepts





Gemini is a bubbly Atlantean who lives most of her life sheltered at sea until an accident causes her ship to sink. 

Now landlocked, she is determined to start a new life, but is unwilling to take the responsibility that comes with it. Her immaturity and devil-may-care attitude often gets her in a lot of trouble as she struggles to make it on her own.


Hello Everyone! Tracy Writing.
Here are the concept drawings of Gemini, our leading lady, for the upcoming pitch book. These images were a long time coming!

 I tweaked what we already have for her, keeping in mind to make her look a little younger. I tried to express who I think she is in each image.

The ultimate goal here is to have her (and all the characters) stand out as their own unique shape and silhouette.

A quick thumbnail rough of what general shapes Yesenia and I hope to get out of our characters.

The images I'm making will be used for our pitch book, put together by Yesenia:


We will also vector most the images ala Taffetas style for the final result. I go this far with my usual line-and-cel-shading rendering in order to have the images as clean as possible for Yesenia and I to vector, though I think I may start rendering out just very clean sketch lines instead since I feel these drawings look too final, and they take a little longer.

Next up is Veil! Don't forget to keep an eye on our new tumblr for updates and sketches, and feel free to tell me what you think in our comments below or on our facebook page.

The Taffetas Tumblr

Hello Everyone!

WE ARE NOW ON TUMBLR!!!

You can find us at veil-and-gemini.tumblr.com
There was such a positive response that we had to make one right away. As time goes on, small design changes will be made to the page, but for now both Tracy and I are just looking forward to making posts!
Hey girl, hey~!

What we hope for our Tumblr:
Tracy and I both want our tumblr to serve as an informal art tumblog where we will update with sketches and pieces you might not see on Facebook or here on our production blog. We want to interact with you all, reblog, comment, and have fun geeking about our project-in-progress.

While it is mostly a sketch tumblr to supplement our updates here, we will also link to this blogger whenever there's a regular update in order for people to follow us easier.

Stay tuned
We always appreciate support and comments, so don't feel shy to share your thoughts through our blog, facebook, or e-mail, AND our new Tumblr, especially if you have questions. I look forward to our continued progress and hearing from you all along the way.

Thanks everyone!
Yesenia

Updates and Tumblr Question

Hello Everyone, This is Yesenia.
Today’s post is a general update about our last two weeks.
It also asks the question: To Tumblr. Or not to TumbLr?

Some Updates
This month my mom visited, then our good friend flew down. Now, on Thursday, our special guests are Tracy’s parents. She really misses them so they are taking her on a much-needed vacation.
In the meantime, Tracy is still working on the character poses for Veil and Gemini, and soon after we will move on to Sapphire and Elena.

In the next couple of days you should see some updates the Taffetas Facebook from me. I will add more official artwork in the photos section and update the fan-gallery with the new art we’ve received from you all.

To Tumblr. Or not to Tumblr?

 Would you, as our readers, like a Taffetas Tumblr?
Would you prefer it to be a mirror reflection of our Blogger, where we update every two weeks with updates on the project, or more like a journal that updates sporadically with thoughts and in-progress sketches to compliment our Blogger?

You see, Tracy and I both have one now:
Originally it was Tracy’s initiative to figure out how Tumblr works and what the community is like in order to know if it was a route we should use for Taffetas. This isn’t the first time we considered it, but we are on the fence about whether we should take on another social media platform at the moment, while we are still working on developing content.


An Encounter from ... The Others

So Happy


Hello everyone,
Yesenia Here! These past two weeks Tracy and I were visited by my Mother and then Dana Corrigan, a good friend of ours from college. Most of our family and friends live over 2,000 miles away and we haven't had company since we moved to the Midwest. With all the stress we are under from non-Taffetas-related stuff, it was one of the best presents we could get, and we both miss them already.

We're so .... Alone

Unfortunately there isn’t much of an update for today because of our short break. We’re sorry about the delay, but happy that we had some human contact from the outside world.

That being said, we continue to work on our character concepts for the pitch book, and appreciate your patience.



Character Concept Process



  




As you know from last post, Yesenia and I are on the concept art portion of our pitch. Although there is nothing final to show today, I would like to take the time to explain what is going on behind the scenes for this part of our work.


What We’re Going For
Our goal is to have some drawings that not only depict the character’s look, but his or her personality. This means, we’re not going for a full body pose with standard ‘sad, mad, happy’ expressions beside it. We’re hoping to show who the character is 90% of the time.

So, for instance, if it’s a happier person, we might not have ‘sad’ as an expression. Although it’s entirely possible for someone who is mostly upbeat to be depressed, given the right circumstance, our point is not to draw the character in times that test his or her personality, just to show him or her as (s)he is.

Work created by Aurora Damant, used for research purposes only
Yesenia pulled these wonderful references from google search as a guide. This is what we are going for.


Our Process
Our process to get to our final results is as such:

Moodboard > Design > Thumbnails > Rough Sketches > Linework > Color

Moodboard
A Moodboard is a type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team (thanks Wikipedia!). Our moodboards consist of images and designs we find that remind us of the characters, the types of clothes they should (and sometimes shouldn’t) wear, and things about their personalities. We then use them as reference and inspiration when coming up with the Design.



Top: Gemini's Moodboard (by Yesenia). Bottom: Veil's moodboard (by yours truly).
Images are not owned by us and are for research purposes only
Design
Designing the characters is one of my favorite parts. Not only do Yesenia and I try to visually represent the character, we also think about quirks and movements along the way. I usually do a lot of sketches to get a look that feels right. In the case of Veil and Gemini, whom we’re working on now, we have a lot of the sketching mileage already, and I am focusing on tweaking them to make them seem younger.

This is not to be confused with designing a character for animation production, which requires a turnaround and a lot finalizing. We're going for a tight concept, but not pre-production work.

Thumbnails, Rough Sketches, Linework & Color
During this process, both Yesenia and I reference the designs we come up with and thumbnail out poses and expressions for our characters that we think will best represent their personalities. We choose our favorites and flesh them out into rough sketches, and finish with ink and color.




What's Next
I'm drawing final images for Gemini and Veil now. After they are done, Yesenia and I will focus on Sapphire and Elena, and then we'll pick from the rest of our character cast! 

I look forward to showing you all the artwork when it is complete. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail us, comment here on the blog, or our facebook!

Thanks guys,
- Tracy MacLauchaln (co-creator of Taffetas)

Setting up the Pitch Material

Feel free to imagine this as my face


Hello Everyone!
This is Yesenia! Today’s post is going to sum up what we have been up to, and what to expect for the upcoming posts.

What We Did
If you follow us regularly, you'll know that we completely overhauled our story concept in late 2011 and just finished rewriting all of our new material (YAY)! It was a long, difficult process that involved a lot of research and soul-searching, but now we have a solid concept we are confident in and a clear direction to go from.

Now it’s all Art from here!

You can imagine how much we have looked forward to it!

Where do we go from here?
Tracy and I spent a good part of this week trying to figure that out. What it comes down to is: we need to illustrate now. We decided to break down the work by sections & match our assignments to what we will be placing in our pitch-book.

So here is the decided order we will be going in :

1. Character Designs
Tracy and I will start where we have the clearest direction, and where our skills are strongest. Our goal is to get a look for each of the characters that we’re happy with and generally indicate the kind of person they are with the drawings.

After a lot of sketches and a couple of reworks we want to have:
  • 1 full-body drawing of each character in the style of the show
  • A bunch of sketches depicting character-interaction or personality.
Once each character artwork is complete, it will be placed into the pitch book. Along the way, we plan on showing all the work involved with cementing our designs here in the blog - from concept sketches to a completed character.

2. The World
Next, we want to work on the visual concepts of our setting. Backgrounds in general are not our strong suit, so we may seek out collaborators for this part.

If you know anyone who might be interested in helping us with our background concepts, please contact us!

In the end, we hope to complete:
  • A general overview of the city of Queen Mary’s
  • A streetview of Queen Mary’s Isle
  • And other important places the characters frequent in our first season
3. Episode Screenshots
After our character designs and backgrounds are done, we will have a clear idea of what our show is going to look like, and we will bring both characters and background together for mock screenshots. We are going to pick scenes from our (and your!) favorite episodes (based on the synopsis we gave earlier) and illustrate them.

So definitely let us know what your favorite episode was or one you would enjoy seeing illustrated.

4. Cover and Table-of-Contents Illustration
This one is pretty self-explanatory. We plan to get the idea across of our show in two illustrations here- one for the cover and one for our Table-of-Contents.

By the End
We hope to have a complete look for our pitch, and the book ready for print soon after.

Then maybe we can relax a bit (but probably not...)


Your continued support, thoughts and critiques are always appreciated! If you have any questions let us know here on the blog, our facebook fan-page, or by e-mailing us at info@thetaffetaspitch.com.

Season Synopsis & Blog Update



Hello Everyone! Tracy MacLauchlan, co-creator here. Today is a very special post- the last of our pitch book writing, and some very awesome new features to our blog.

Season Synopsis
For the past few months, as you all with us for a while know, Yesenia and I revamped our concept for The Taffetas with the intention to change our story to something closer to our hearts, find the point- the reason- we wanted to tell this story, and to make it more marketable, despite our niche. We did a lot of research, brainstorming, and maybe a little bit of crying, but it feels great to have the new version of our story done, and written out for our pitch!

We took into consideration your thoughtful comments on our setting paragraph from last post and will fix the errors you all found. Meanwhile, please feel free to critique our last bit of writing, the season synopsis here on the blog, through e-mail, or on our facebook. These will come after our season 01 episode synopsis.

Season 01
Gemini, a bubbly Atlantean, lives a sheltered and lonely existence at sea until a shipwreck leaves her landlocked in a city filled with mythological folk. Determined to start a new life, she takes up a half-hearted offer to move into the apartment of her uptight, frustrating and undead crush Veil Taffeta, a passenger from her ship’s last ride. However, determination alone may not be enough to get her new life in motion. Dangers lurk around every corner, and in a world where fantasy is reality, a girl can fall into a lot a trouble.

Season 02
Gemini continues to find herself in sticky situations as she tries to adjust to the quirks of the city she lives in, but now more difficult obstacles threaten the new life she has made for herself. Though her romantic relationship with Veil blossoms throughout their shared misadventures, free-spirited Gemini is afraid of the commitment, and the appearance of Veil’s fun-loving stepbrother only complicates things when he and Gemini connect in ways she and Veil do not. With her friends growing close to her enemies, Gemini has a hard time finding someone to confide in, and all the while the secret she has been trying to keep hidden jeopardizes everything she holds dear.

Season 03
Things go from bad to worse when Gemini’s secret, an Atlantean curse, catches up to her just as she learns Veil is thinking about their relationship long-term. Afraid to deal with any of it, she runs away to her homeland. However, Veil shows up on the shores of Atlantis right behind her and saves Gemini from her fate. But it’s far from a happy ending. Questions arise about Veil’s past, though Gemini can barely try to seek the answers as her usual adventures are overshadowed by boiling tensions between her and her boyfriend. Her enemies are back, too, and nastier than ever, and her friends all have their own problems that she gets sucked into.Without her curse, she is free to live the life she wants, but she will have to fight for it now, and hold together the crumbling relationships with the people she loves.

Season 04
Gemini’s relationships with her friends are in a tentative state, and the added complications of drama between her and her ex leaves her feeling melancholy. Though she tries to continue on alone, she misses the way things were in the beginning. Then, when Gemini learns that Veil has been harboring burdens of his own all along, she comes to realize she is not the only one with problems. While still trying to deal with her everyday dilemmas, Gemini must also uncover the guarded secrets of Veil’s family in order to save the one she loves from a mysterious and deadly fate.

Blog Updates
Graphic designer and co-creator Yesenia Carrero updated our blog with some new sharing features. Now, if you really like something on our blog, you can share it via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Stumble Upon, or pin something from our posts on your Pinterest by clicking one of the buttons above the comments!

Yay! Thanks Yesenia!


NEXT POST...
I will update with our proposed schedule for the upcoming concept art, design, and possible promotion material for our pitch. I'm very happy to get this to stage, and I hope you all will enjoy being a part of the visual creative process too!

I'm so excited I've already been doodling!

The Setting Draft 1



 Tracy here! Today I'm uploading our setting description for the pitch book. This is our first public draft and Yesenia and I appreciate any and all feedback in our comments below or through facebook or e-mail!


The Setting

Gemini and Veil live in a modern world much like our own, except Gargoyles, Werefolk, Golems, Elves, and other characters from myth and lore inhabit it to make even the most average day extraordinary.

Queen Mary’s Isle is the growing, melting pot of a city our story takes place in. With characters from all walks of life migrating to its port, it is an eccentric mixed bag of sights, sounds, and places, and never loses its trendy edge.

While our characters frequent their usual spots such as Siren’s Coffee for a quick pick-me-up, or the Golden Apple store to peruse the latest technologies, there are also plenty of offbeat sites to visit too, like antique shops riddled with cursed and magical items, farmer’s markets selling exotic- perhaps dangerous – foods, or even a mysterious faerie circus that travels through once in a while.

Siren's Coffee concept by Marilyn Cole


Feel free to critique the writing, and bear in mind the questions we are asking:
  •  Does it make sense? If not, what can be explained more clearly? 
  • How is the grammar, puncuation, etc?
  • Is it concise enough? 
  • Is it exciting/compelling enough?
What's Next
We're running a little behind on our season 02-04 synopsis, but Yesenia and I will have those next update for critique as well as a revised version of this description based on everyone's feedback! Thank you all again for your support as we wrap up the remaining writing of our pitch.

Character Bios


Tracy here! Today Co-creator Yesenia and I are posting our new character bios for the pitch and providing an edited update on what is to come.

Character Bios
Gemini
Gemini is a bubbly Atlantean who has lived most of her life sheltered at sea until an accident causes her ship to sink. Now landlocked, she is determined to start a new life, but is unwilling to take the responsibility that comes with it. Her immaturity and devil-may-care attitude often finds her in a lot of trouble as she struggles to make it on her own.

Veil
Veil is Gemini’s secret crush who reluctantly offers her a place to stay after her shipwreck. He enjoys her company for the change-of-pace she provides; however, being uptight and all about appearances, he stresses to keep Gemini out of trouble…only to get pulled into her problems.

Sapphire
Sapphire is Gemini’s best friend (and sometimes worst enemy). She's a cool, confident Gargoyless who acts as a love guru, even though she can't hold down a half-decent relationship herself.

Wolf
Wolf is an artistic werewolf renting a room in Sapphire’s house. He can be strange and a bit gross, especially when his canine instincts take over, but Gemini befriends him through their mutual love of baking.

Crow
Sapphire’s cousin who loves three things: gossip, drama, and himself. Crow targets Gemini as prey because of a past skirmish that he won’t let go.

Elena

Elena is an awkward young Siren who works as a waitress in Veil’s favorite coffee shop. What she lacks in people skills, she plans to make up for with her budding powers of persuasion.

Tom
Tom is a geeky, anti-conservation sunflower and single father of three. He is Veil’s co-worker and only friend, and on occasion acts as a mentor to Gemini and Veil.

Eschewal
Eschewal is Veil’s coddled older stepbrother who makes a living as a journalist and social activist. Cute, adventurous, and everything Veil is not, he and Gemini make quite the pair – and he knows it.

Gabardine
Veil’s miserable father, Gabardine Taffeta, has a chip on his shoulder about Atlanteans and a vocal disdain for Veil, both of which he believes are deeply connected to his late wife’s untimely death.

Midnight
A fierce cat Goddess and captain of Gemini’s old ship, Midnight picked up an orphaned 11-year-old Gemini from the docks of Atlantis and taught her everything she knows. While she appreciates Gemini’s attempt at an independent life, she has little faith for her surrogate daughter and would rather see her back at sea.

 _________
We want our writing to be succinct but engaging. Our thoughts are: what is the main point of each character and what conflict or contributions do they bring to the story? What will help spark the imagination of readers of all the possible character interactions? 

If you have any thoughts on these bios, please feel to write us here on the blog, our facebook, or e-mail.

What's Next
Last post, Yesenia mentioned that after our character bios, it’s immediately on to designing the layout of the pitch book and drawing concepts of the characters. And that's true. However, there is still a small amount of writing to do beforehand.


Noooo!!!!!

Mainly: we have to describe their setting/world in a short paragraph and convert the rest of our outline into seasons 2-4 synopsis to follow our season 1 episodes. After that, it's the pitch book layout and concept art. I promise.

For the Next Update
We are going to post both our world’s description and our season outlines for critique.

As always, we appreciate your support and feedback along the way!

Latest Update May 23, 2011



Hello Everyone!
This is co-creator Yesenia Carrero.
Last post, Tracy and I updated with our second draft of the season 1 episode synopsis for our pitch, and rather than update with our newest draft, we decided this week’s post would be better served letting everyone know what we plan for the next coming weeks.

Every update we come closer to finishing the written potion of our pitch and starting what Tracy and I like to refer to as “The Fun Part” – all the art and animation that will complete The Taffetas pitch package.

So for the Next Update
Tracy and I will post our new character bios for the pitch, which include the characters that appear most often in the season 01 episode synopsis, as well as a few others we think important to the series as a whole.

After, I am going to re-design the layout of our physical pitch book, so we know what kind of illustrations we need and dimensions that we need them in.

While I work on the pitch book, Tracy is going to work on designing rest of the Taffetas cast of characters.




If you watch Tracy’s personal art blog, you can see a lot of the exploratory work she has been doing to develop some of the side characters. You’ll of course see more once she can focus on that aspect to the pitch.


… And Finally,
Once our pitch book is wrapped up, I will create our new pitch website, and fix some errors we found on the Facebook.


Then it’s on to an even scarier mountain to climb- producing animation and actually pitching!

For all of you that has cheered us on while we continue to work on our project, Thank you, and as always if you have any comments, suggestions, or critiques please feel free to comment on our blog, Facebook, or email us at info@thetaffetaspitch.com.

Season 1 Synopsis Draft II




Tracy here. Thank you all for your feedback on our first public draft of the Season 1 episode synopsis. I'm happy the response was positive for the story and that critiques were constructive and thoughtful. Your input is invaluable!

Yesenia and I read every comment and e-mail, and we found these major things to update:
    •  More Veil. This was the most common suggestion.
    • More Veil/Gemini interaction to build up to the ending
Our plan of attack is as such:
  • Rewrite a few descriptions to make Veil's presence more clear
  • Add three new episodes solely about Veil and Gemini
  • Rearrange some of the episodes
  • General writing fixes and tweaks
We added three new episodes and rearranged things. We will update the descriptions this coming week and tidy up the rest of the writing.

 The new episodes are highlighted green:

Gemini, a bubbly Atlantean, lives a sheltered and lonely existence at sea until a shipwreck leaves her landlocked in a city filled with mythological folk. Determined to start a new life, she takes up a half-hearted offer to move into the apartment of her uptight, frustrating and undead crush Veil Taffeta, a passenger from her ship’s last ride. However, determination alone may not be enough to get her new life in motion. Dangers lurk around every corner, and in a world where fantasy is reality, a girl can fall into a lot a trouble . . .

The Great Barley & Bay-Lily Circus
Gemini wants to go to a mysterious circus traveling through the city despite Veil trying to keep her focused on finding a job. When Gemini decides to go anyway, she is lured into participating in “their most infamous act never revealed to guests prior”, a ploy by the fae who run the ruse of a circus to get her to step into a Fairy Ring, a ring of mushrooms which traps its participants into dancing in a reverie of their desires until they die of exhaustion. Even though Veil manages to save her and get her home, Gemini is compelled to return to the ring. When she makes a second, conscious attempt to enter the trap, Veil becomes infuriated with her impulsive immaturity and tells her off. In a fit of emotion, Gemini accidentally pushes Veil into the ring.

The Great Barley & Bay-Lily Circus - Part 2
Time is running out before the Great Barley & Bay-Lily Circus disappears, and Gemini has no one to turn to for help. In desperation, she enters the ring herself, and must weave through Veil’s maze-like ballroom dream and also battle her own desire to accept the reverie over reality in order to save him. When she succeeds, she vows to take her goal of building a new life more seriously.

To Give a Kappa A Cucumber
Veil finds Gemini wandering in a bad part of town after she failed to show up at a rendezvous point. Veil confronts her about her naivety and tries to convince her to be more careful after realizing she has been conned by a few trickster gods in her time away from him. Suddenly, noticing that they are being followed by a Kappa, a creepy and malicious Japanese water demon, Veil attempts to steer the two out of danger. However, Gemini, oblivious to the stalker, decides to try to convince Veil to expand out from his boring routine by forcing him to join her in exploring the city. Her random stops to various shops help deter the stalker, and in the end, her naivety saves them both when she offers the kappa a cucumber, this water demon’s favorite treat, and successfully distracts it. Veil takes her home, and Gemini never knows the danger she was in.

The Secret Room
Gemini tries to hide her curiosity about Veil, but it becomes difficult when he constantly refuses to unwind. The two have no time to discuss the matter when they discover his guest bathroom suddenly has a curse placed on it by a trickster god Gemini made acquaintance with while exploring. The curse makes the only working bathroom the one attached to Veil’s bedroom, which was previously kept locked to her. Gemini quickly finds an excuse to use the lavatory, really a cover so she can snoop. All the while, as Veil tries to deal with the curse, he starts to freak out more and more when he finds that Gemini destroyed his personal-study-turned-makeshift-guest-bedroom and has strewn about her over some of his prized posessions. Before tensions reach their boiling point between the two Gemini makes a surprising discovery about Veil.

¡Chupacabra!
Veil and Gemini watch an unnerving television special on the Chupacabra, a horrifying creature said to prey on livestock for blood, whose existence in their world is still debated. Later that night, Gemini can’t sleep from the fear that the beast might be real – and lurking in their apartment. Things get out of hand when she convinces usually rational Veil of the possibility of a Chupacabra hunting them. The two feed off each others’ anxiety as strange noises and odd occurrences in the apartment escalate. They decide to take their home back and protect their own lives by teaming up to drive the monster into the open for attack. The only flaw in that plan is the Chupacabra never existed in the first place, or at least in Veil’s apartment. When dawn comes, the two realize their embarrassing mistake.

The Aquarium
When an aquarium opens up just outside of Veil’s work, Gemini leaps at the offer to check it out with him during his lunch break. However, she finds it hard to enjoy herself when Veil invites some of his co-workers, which get in the way of her alone time with him.

Veering away from the crowd, Gemini spots a man trying to free one of the seals from the tank. She learns the man is in love with the creature, really a selkie, a seal-like being with the ability to turn into a human, and wants to help her return to the ocean.

Moved by his love for the selkie, Gemini helps the man free the seal, but lands herself in trouble with authorities, and Veil must bail her out in front of his co-workers. Luckily, Veil’s friend Tom from legal proves helpful in clearing the girl’s name, and Gemini finally gets her alone time with Veil in the aquarium.

Cawing
While job searching, Gemini makes a possible friend with cool, beautiful Sapphire, a fiercely independent gargoyless. She is elated when she is invited to Sapphire’s home for dinner and even more excited when the many residents of Sapphire’s house – such as wolf, a laid-back werewolf, and Sapphire’s many cousins who bum there, take a liking to her. However, she finds that Crow, an old enemy from her life at sea who knows a dark secret of Gemini’s, is one of Sapphire’s cousins. Through a series of misunderstandings and Crow’s testimony, Gemini loses favor with the Sapphire and the rest of her household.

At Siren’s Coffee
Veil shows Gemini around the city to try to cheer her up about the incident at Sapphire’s house. It works, until he leads her into Siren’s Coffee, a coffee shop run by sirens, and Sapphire and Crow are there.

Desperate to win back Sapphire’s favor, Gemini spends the rest of their time trying to impress and persuade Sapphire- talking like her, getting the same order and drinking same drink as her…only to drink caffeine, a drug Gemini is overly sensitive to, and causes a ruckus for herself and Veil, who hates public embarrassment. Sapphire’s feelings for Gemini have not changed in the end, but Veil reveals that he thinks he and Gemini are friends, and Gemini realizes she was ignoring Veil the whole time.

Cake Off
Gemini and Wolf, an artistic dog headed werewolf, join forces to take on a series of cake-making contests. Veil starts to disapprove when the competitions distracts Gemini from her job search. However after winning second place in the competition, Gemini ends up finding a job at a bakery.

Lighter than a Feather
In order to keep her new job, Gemini must get some papers cleared at the DMV, which in this world runs like the Egyptian Afterlife. Unfortunately, Gemini never had the chance to resolve her earlier blunder with Veil and is unsure whether he is still holding a grudge.

While Gemini is comically pulled from one office and line to the other, she finds it hard to get a moment to talk with Veil. Finally, Gemini is put in front of Anubis, and must have her heart weighed against a feather in order to get her permit. Her heart is heavy as a rock. Anubis knowingly mentions that she has a lot of dark secrets, and denies her papers. The stress of having no job, friends, having Veil mad at her, and knowing her heart is heavy causes Gemini to burst out crying.

Nightfall in the City
When Gemini is gone all day without telling Veil where she is, she returns home to a fight with him over her safety. Feeling stifled and controlled, she storms off again into the city, where she finds Sapphire and Wolf searching for Sapphire’s gentle and naive cousin, Daisy, who never returned home the night before. After reluctantly asking for Gemini’s help, they try to retrace Daisy’s steps. The search lasts all day and eventually into the night, where a full moon begins to rise.

His instincts growing stronger with the full moon, Wolf senses a foreign animal in the city - a deer - and gives chase. When he injures it on instinct, it is revealed that the deer was Daisy, cursed to live her nights as a fawn rather than to spend them with Wolf, her secret love.

Best Served Cold
Coyote, a new hire, plays tricks on Veil to boost his popularity at the workplace. When the pranks become increasingly more malicious, Gemini intervenes on Veil’s behalf, but causes Coyote’s attention to turn towards her. Never daunted, Gemini enlists the help of Veil to pull off the worst prank as revenge.

Ladies Night Out
Gemini goes on a ladies night out with Sapphire. The rambunctious gargoyle entices Gemini to try on new clothes, experience new things, and be just a little more bad than she is used to. Unfortunately, Crow, Sapphire’s cousin with a grudge against Gemini, is determined to make the night a complete blunder.

Dinner and a Movie
Veil invites Gemini to a movie after he gets off of work and they both agree to have dinner at a restaurant after. However, Gemini worries if she’s agreed to a date or not and seeks the help of her friend and social guru, Sapphire. As the evening unfolds, Gemini, over-dressed and filled with a lot of not-so-great advice, awkwardly stumbles through the evening, unsure whether or not to make a move.

Mind Over Heart
Gemini begins to fear that Veil finds her more annoying than attractive when she notices he pesters her more than he does anyone else. In her frustration, Gemini slights Elena, a waitress at Siren’s Coffee, who in turn targets Veil, a daily customer, with her powers of persuasion to get even. Elena orders Veil to care only for her. With Veil suddenly paying Gemini no mind, she fears he’s fed up with her, too. However, Veil begins to irk Elena with his over attentive nature and the siren seeks Gemini’s help for an out, and Gemini realizes that Veil liked her all along.

Stigma & Stamen
When Tom’s mother comes to visit, she is pleased to find her son finally settled down with a nice, young girl- really just Gemini in costume, acting the part. The fake marriage between Gemini and his friend begins to irk Veil until he decides to “watch over” Gemini during the ruse by slipping into a costume of his own. After he arrives, Veil reveals his feelings for Gemini with a kiss in front of Tom’s mother.

Lost and Alone
Gemini ventures out of the apartment to get all the groceries she couldn’t convince Veil to buy, but because of her poor sense of direction, quickly gets lost. Determined to make it home without calling Veil, she ambles around the city. Along the way, she sees Midnight, the cat Goddess and captain of the boat she lived on before it crashed. Gemini desperately tries to get the captain’s attention in hopes to reunite with the closest thing she has to family, her old crew from her life at sea. When Gemini finally catches up with Midnight, she learns that that the captain, along with most of the crew, is shipping out that day. Gemini is given an offer to head out with them, but Gemini declines the enticing opportunity. It is then Gemini knows she truly is cutting off all ties to her old life, which wasn’t much of a life to begin with, but finds it hard to be left alone all the same.

Finale
This exciting conclusion reveals Gemini’s secret and explores what happened on the boat between Veil and Gemini. Unfortunately, her secret may mean the end of the life she is just starting to gain.
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