Calling all artists!!  Let's create the world of Henry Adam Wood...this could evolve into a short film, animation, stop-motion, whatever...read on...

Henry Adam Wood is a man of privelege and a bit of a jerk.  He's on his deathbed and at the advice of his doctor, he has started writing letters to people he has encountered in his life, partly to make ammends and partly to say goodbye.

The twist is that Henry isn't a nice man.  He is very self-centred, and in his letters he will apologise for the wrong thing (such as calling someone names, but not for stabbing and killing them) or he will just be outright insulting.  Always for his own advantage; it's always about something that he wants.

I started writing these letters and creating the world of Henry Adam Wood, but after receiving a few helpful comments, I've decided to open this up to all artists.

Writers - Write letters from Henry to other people he has either insulted or ruined in his lifetime.  He has no conscience and no moral compass, but is very polite.  He is living circa late 1800s-early 1900s so his tone is very proper.

The format of his letters is:

  • Reason why he is writing, brief description that he is dying
  • A description of why he is apologising, or a description of his last wishes
  • The kick! He's not asking what you think he's asking
  • Closing adieu
  • Then a p.s. with another insulting kick

Illustrators

  • what does Henry look like?
  • What are his surroundings? Is he in bed? At his writing desk? Maybe in a chaise on his perfectly manicured lawn?
  • What do the recipients of his letters look like?
  • His doctor?
  • Some story boards for one of his letters would be helpful.  How would we film or animate one of his letters?

Voice over artists

  • Read one of Henry's letters.  He's a man, so...

Musicians

  • A soundtrack for the letters would be great.  Remember the era that he lives in, but more importantly, focus on a theme for either Henry or the recipient of his letter
  • Don't forget the kick!  There should be a turnaround in the music somewhere that accentuates the kick that shows that Henry isn't sincere about his apology

Filmmakers

  • Use the storyboards to help create Henry's world
  • Act out and film Henry or one of the other characters in the context of one of his letters, using voiceovers to guide you.
  • Film small vignettes to illustrate part of the letter, like a flashback

Animators

  • Using the illustrations, let's see what an animation of Henry and other characters would look like, move like, react, etc.  Maybe this will end up being part animation/part film?  Let's try things and see what works!

Editors

  • Use each of the ingredients from the other artists to create small vignettes
  • Cut together footage to help create a larger piece

I would love to see what everyone comes up with, and maybe this can become a part of a larger project or perhaps a series of shorts.

Thank you everyone, and have fun!

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Request List:

  • Writing

    • Write letters from Henry to other people he has either insulted or ruined in his lifetime (see possible examples in description)
    • Shape one of the letters into script format
    • Does he receive any replies?
    • write a text record linking a few of the letters together into a storyline
    • Remix longer letters into shorter versions
    • Write letters from HAW RE: The Number Two
    • Write letters from HAW RE: Secrets
    • Write letters from HAW RE: Your Mom
    • Write letters from HAW RE: Fire
    • Write letters from HAW RE: The Dark
    • Write letters from HAW RE: The Future
    • Write letters from HAW RE: Guns
    • Write letters from HAW RE: School
    • Write a Shot List for this Segment
    • Write a Story Treatment for this Segment
    • Contribute your Ideas for this Segment in Bullet Points
  • Illustration

    • what does Henry look like?
    • What are his surroundings?
    • What do the recipients of his letters look like?
    • What does his doctor look like?
    • Storyboard one of the letters
    • STORYBOARD ARTISTS: Create Story Boards for this Segment
    • Create a Title Card for this Segment
  • Video Editing

    • Use collab submissions to create a vignette or flashback sequence
    • Use clips and submissions to create a short film
  • Animation

    • Using the illustrations, let's see what an animation of Henry and other characters would look like, move like, react, etc.
    • Make short Test Animations of trocar's Illustrations
  • Cinematography

    • Use the storyboards to help create Henry's world
    • Act out and film Henry or one of the other characters in the context of one of his letters, using voiceovers to guide you
    • Film small vignettes to illustrate part of the letter, like a flashback
  • Music

    • Create a theme for Henry
    • Compose a soundtrack to one of the letters
  • Other

    • Record a voice over of one of the letters
  • Curation

    • create an album of text records
    • create an album of music selex
    • Curate an album of your choices for illustrations
  • Graphic Design

    • Create a Title Card for this Segment

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Step 2: Choose one of your records to contribute: