The thing that triggered everything for me was the youtube lecture of Dr. Peter Klappa saying that when starvation occurs, the amoebas mold together and turn into slime. This gave me the idea of a village full of amoebas that eat happily all summer and co-exist in a peaceful place (maybe on top of a tree trunk?) until the food runs out and they need to form a different organism in order to survive. I really like this idea of transformation and I think there is very rich narrative in outside stimuli that trigger the good qualities in a community. So perhaps the amoebas are a bit selfish at first and egoistical but they soon discover that they need to work together if they want to survive.
This video explains a lot about the slime mold, as points of interest:
-Scientific Name: Physarum Polycephalum (a lot of character names could be derived by those two words).
-Largest single cell organism on earth.
- Primitive life forms with sophisticated talents.
- Slime molds can solve simple mazes.
- Slime molds love oat flakes
-Constantly pulsating, almost resembles breathing (maybe breathing can be the sound for the slime mold?)
In this video, the narrator, mentions that slime mold forms mostly in Autumn, which is perfect for my little story, the citizens can have feasts all summer and when the first leaves start to fall in the distance, hunger strikes and the slime mold forms.
I love the direction of this video, it represents the slime mold as "more" than just a mold, it touches upon powerful words which the viewers can relate to - intelligence, self-sacrifice, the music is powerful in its simplicity as well and I love the black and white, "grainy" quality of the video.
A picture of the amoeba before the transformation into a slime mold:
The art direction I want to follow is definitely from the game "World of Goo" where you need to solve puzzles by combining "slime balls" into a bigger creature (or a bridge), the style and music are just perfect for the tone of the animation I want to create too:
and here is a quick trailer for the game:
Slime mold amoeba: Microbeworld.org, (2015). Slime Molds. [online] Available at: http://www.microbeworld.org/types-of-microbes/protista/slime-molds [Accessed 27 Feb. 2015].
"World of Goo" screenshot: Gm1.s-ports.ru, (2015). [online] Available at: http://gm1.s-ports.ru/files/images/styles/upload/world-of-goo-impale-sticky.jpg [Accessed 27 Feb. 2015].