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Utopia Talk / General Talk / UGT Project: the Great Emu War
Cherub Cow
Thu Dec 22 03:05:04
k! So in case you don't already know the background...
"The Emu War, also known as the Great Emu War, was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of 1932 to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok in the Campion district of Western Australia. The unsuccessful attempts to curb the population of emus ... employed soldiers armed with Lewis guns[,] leading the media to adopt the name 'Emu War' when referring to the incident."
Cherub Cow
Thu Dec 22 03:05:22
So! I've been hoping to do a comedic animation of the Emu War, which would ideally not be too long (run time of about 5 to 15 minutes?). It would be a sort of compressed play-by-play of the events, with random jokes/references thrown in (particularly references to "Sometimes in April" (2005) and "Zulu" (1964)), and it would take many many liberties with the actual story.

Current plot:

ACT I (Explanation of the lead-up)
- Australian farmland expanded
- Migrating emus flood the farmlands [visuals of breaking fences, turning green areas to brown]
- With the good conditions, emus overpopulate
- Peacetime for the emus [maybe shown by emus playing golf?]

ACT II (Failed culling)
- Australian Army headed by Major Meredith dispatched with machine guns
- delay due to rain
- Army fails to gather emus into groups for extermination [Lewis guns, one on truck; emus darting away whenever the army approaches]
- Emus use guerrilla tactics [Vietnam-style emu overrunning of an Aussie outpost to the reading of this real-life satirical commentary: "The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic"]
- Major Meredith signs a treaty with an emu chief to end hostilities

ACT III (Successful Genocide Engineered)
- Emus have been incorporated into daily Aussie life (Driving cars and such)
- Aussie military quietly puts up blockades around the Campion district; alarmed emus told not to panic
- Genocide begins: Aussie soldiers storm the house of an emu diplomat: "We know [Emu diplomat] is here!"; reenactment of this scene: http://youtu.be/z-Go5Yb6Ifs?t=4m48s [on screen: Day 1, 8000 emus killed]
- Also reenact this scene from "Sometimes in April" ( http://youtu.be/9Bd_p9Tv4Aw?t=8m56s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx-tLHLsl08 ): Emus slaughtered at car checkpoint, one emu crawls away, later grenade suicides
- Corpses of emus on Australian outback scene

ACT IV (Laser Emus)
- Australian Army accidentally selected for laser emus
- Laser emus fight back
- [scene like Terminator; mounds of human skulls, pan up from emu’s feet to emu's laser eyes. Australian soldiers run around, vaporized by emu lasers]
- Emus force Australian surrender

ACT V (Another Uneasy Truce?)
- Modern Australia; integrated emus; genocide memorials
- “And that’s why at Australian customs laser emus check your passport” [emu at passport booth checks passport, looks at camera, eye glows red, credits roll]


On the practical side, this could take a while :D
.. still, I think it would be fun to pick at for a while. The animation would be pretty basic: 2D shapes given movement with After Effects, and a fun way around having to match voice with audio could be to have both emus and Aussies translated from weird slang (so chirping translated for emus, and Aussie gibberish translated for Aussies). If anyone can think of random jokes and visuals to throw into the story, that would be fun :D .. and any drawings would be great. I think it can start like a crude screen play (black and white drawings with general sequence) and move on to colors from there... :D
the wanderer
Thu Dec 22 09:05:08
Google image search of "emu clipart" (or "cute emu clipart" which came up as a related search) and "soldier clipart" seem like helpful stuff... and to a lesser extent "Australian clipart"

not sure how much animating you're planning... but you could separate legs off to have them rotate at hip back and forth for walking... or beak parts too for speaking
(if you put the leg motion on a static body in one composition then put that composition in a more main composition you'd only have to animate that one object's motion and the rotating legs would stay with it, if that makes sense...and if I'm thinking correctly :p)

ambitious project!
the wanderer
Thu Dec 22 09:26:11
you could also use that film technique of having a still image that you're just slowing panning and/or zooming on to create a sense of motion

like build a static (or even some small motion) battle scene on a 3000px composition or something, then nest that in a composition of your normal production size and slow move/zoom the nested composition to create the pan/zoom camera effect
the wanderer
Thu Dec 22 09:41:12
"landscape clipart" and "scenery clipart" may have helpful images too for backgrounds... not sure of your vision on the look

you may want to confirm any cliparts are free to use from their websites or something :p
Cherub Cow
Thu Dec 22 13:30:20
"you could also use that film technique of having a still image that you're just slowing panning and/or zooming on to create a sense of motion"
Ken Burns Effect! Yeah! :D I was thinking of doing that at least for the beginning part.. like to give it a documentary feel before getting totally crazy.

"not sure how much animating you're planning."
That sounds like about the level (just doing very basic movement, even if it looks weird). Like Frisky Dingo's style.. and the plan was to steal clip-art but severely alter it, but if I can get a tablet and stylus then I might be doing some from the ground up :D ... I'll try to rush a clip of an emu on a background so peeps can make pix in the same style..
Cherub Cow
Wed Jan 18 20:53:03
Act IV Addition:
- emu mother shoots eggs at Aussies. Eggs hatch mid-air and become laser emus, shooting lasers while still airborne. [Narrator]: "Unlike humans, which require years of training in order to shoot lasers out of their eyes, the emu is born with this ability."

btw! I'm still ironing out the logistics of animating this. It seems like getting an iPad+ApplePencil would be the best long-term option because I could doodle in my free minutes throughout the day.
the wanderer
Wed Jan 18 22:22:32
i don't know anything about modern tech doohickeys but good luck!
Thu Jan 19 14:18:56
Sounds like a good emulation!
Cherub Cow
Sat Jan 19 18:09:58
I hope I haven't sat on this idea for too long :(
For future reference, it's currently 2019, and someone posted this on Imgur:
Laser-eyed emus? :( :(
I've down-voted the post to buy myself some time ;D
Cherub Cow
Sun Apr 19 01:59:52
Posting this for reference:
(2015 comic about the Emu War)
Sun Apr 19 02:34:02
I heard their cousins the Kiwis are even more dangerous..
the wanderer
Sun Apr 19 14:58:29
some description of the truck part (but hard to say if embellishment added over time) :

The birds were smarter and faster than anticipated — so fast that they were often out of range of the machine guns before the soldiers could aim and fire. Meredith needed to get the guns close and keep them close.

So he decided to mount a Lewis onto one of the farmer’s trucks. It didn’t go well. When weighed down by the gunner and his 30-pound weapon, the vehicles still couldn’t keep up with the emus. Worse, the bumpy ride made it impossible to aim.

No soldier fired a shot from the back of a truck during the operation, but one industrious farmer did use his vehicle to run down a slow straggler.

The hit-and-run backfired when the emu smashed through the car, tangling itself in the steering wheel. The truck ran off the road and plowed through several feet of fence before it stopped.

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