Was doing a think after looking at my after effects test:
The whole notion of stickers and splats and paint and cardboard and creativity are too….fun, for the mundane office workers that Red is a part of. I can either 1) sacrifice the style and go for something a little plainer and keep Red nice and colourful, or 2) make the story match the visuals.
1) I think i would still like to keep the sketchbook/scrapbook idea. So i might have stickers of everyone still but only Red be the one with colour. Keeping everything else monochromatic. The squares would act as a maths book too, to add to the mundane-ness of it all. Sorry maths geeks. This would also emphasize the fact that the story is about Red, and all other characters are secondary. The limited colour palate would work nicely too. With monochrome colours and just red. The red would highlight certain parts of the animation too that you are meant to be interacting with if it changed. Like in Mirrors Edge, where you have red markers on doors showing you where to go.
2) If i changed the story, but still keep it to do with Alienating Red, i would have the ultra happy LSD style graphics with every other character smiling at him and having a happy time, like ToonTown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Red being the only character who doesn’t like being in this environment. I could even go with an Its A Small World happiness factor. An overly colourful asthetic would look nice on screen, but might confuse the audience as to what they are meant to be doing or seeing. If the visuals are too complicated it may start to look messy, rather than fun and creative.
Which do you think works best?