Welcome to the Senior Thesis Exploration Page! This is an experiment on stirring up ideas, concepts and teams for what might turn out to be your Senior Thesis Project. Think of this as somewhere between a Pictionary game with some really talented friends and participating on The Great British Bake-off show. The theory is that the more time we set aside to explore ideas and play with groups, the more likely we will have something tangible that we can launch you into your senior summer with.
RULES TO THE GAME
1. Stay Curious and Open. The only end we have in mind here is to stumble accross interesting possiblities. Where they lead us is a question we'll deal with later in the semester.
2. Keep things Playful. If you're feeling too stressed by any assignment you (or by life in general) you may want to sit one prompt out and wait for the next. You'll still be included in whatever follow up we decide on in a supporting role to what someone else brings. You may find that supporting roles are really your thing!
3. Stay Positive and Take Risks. The best part of "blue sky" exploration is that it doesn't have a pre-determined result. This means suspending judgement in the short term to see where the craziest ideas maylead.
PROMPT #1. OPPOSITES ATTRACT - CHARACTER & SETTING
PROMPT #2. TEAM MIXER
PROMPT #3. ANIMATORS CHOICE
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PROMPT #1: OPPOSITES ATTRACT - CHARACTER & SETTING
Characters and Settings – Michael Sowa
Contrast is at the heart of good storytelling. We don't often know how we feel about a thing until we've been confronted by its opposite? Placing a character in stark contrast to her environment is often planting a seed for imagination to thrive. Choose one of the following prompts and
1. Extraordinary Character in and Ordinary Place. An alien in space is as it should be with very little to get the imagination going. But an alien in my living room (wearing my slippers no less) is the beginning of an adventure! All sorts of questions come to mind. How did he get there? Will he be staying for dinner? How will I get my slippers back?
2. Ordinary Character in and Extraordinary Place. Turn the tables and see if we get a similar effect. The fed-ex lady in the vegetable aisle at the supermarket gets us very little story traction. But what happens if we find her in diving gear delivering a package at the bottom of the ocean? A great deal of questions come rushing in. First and foremost for me is. . . who ordered that package? . . . and what do you think is inside? We're hooked into the story already and it hasn't even gotten started.
3. A Fish out of Water. This is a different way to get the same story material. Whatever your character choice, drop them in the most unlikely of situations and see how they respond. How they react to their circumstance says a lot about who they are and what they want. Drop a CPA (certified public accountant) in the French Quarter in the middle of Mardi Gras and you'll find there's a lot to learn. Is this the moment they've been wanting to bust out of their hum drum life or does the bawdy atmosphere threaten everything they've stood for? Either one starts a story in motion.
Your Assignment: Choose one of the above and run with it (it's OK change tracks in the middle). Spend some time in your sketchbook over break exploring the prompt that most captures your imagination. When you feel like you're onto something. . .
a. Work up a simple bio for your character. What is their back story? What do they want most? and What's getting in their way?
b. Create a handful of thumbnails. Work small, draw lots, and walk away. Revisit your thumbnails a few days later and choose the ones you like most to keep working. These are the ones you'll want to post to the Discord thread for feedback.
c. Post a single image that places your character in the most unlikely circumstance. This is the one you'll want to take a little more time with (if your schedule allows).
A taxi driver who daydreams about living under the sea. More than anything he'd like to keep from crashing his Taxicab.
PROMPT #2: TEAM MIXER
PROMPT #3: ANIMATORS CHOICE
SPRING PROPOSALS - EXAM WEEK
Stephan Leeper/Central Michigan University 2022