PlotQuest: The Animated Adventure Has Begun
After countless hours developing storyboards, animation and sound design, PlotQuest – a short-animated comedy that features a number of liberal arts faculty and staff at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley – debuted May 14.
“This has been a labor of love for us, and we’re thrilled that it’s gotten such a warm reception,” said Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, instructor II in graphic communications who also served as producer, animator and writer. “We’re looking forward to making more episodes, so we’re currently looking into avenues for funding so we can hire more animators and produce episodes faster.”
Students, employees and the community were invited to celebrate the end of finals week by watching the virtual premier on YouTube.
PlotQuest’s team members answered questions and chatted with viewers just before the premiere began. More than 350 people viewed the short.
Published by Popcorn Sundae LLC, PlotQuest provides 5 minutes and 13 seconds of colorful entertainment that begins with the classic look and feel of an Atari video game.
A gloved hand presents viewers with a tongue-in-cheek menu to seemingly click on “New Game,” “Continue” or “Options” before PlotQuest’s characters are introduced in a plush green forest.
Samurai Doggo, along with friends Ninja, Cleric and Wizard, wield an enchanted sword, magic and other weapons against Killjoy Kaiju, a powerful boss monster that appeared outside of the sleepy town of Firstownia.
As Doggo and his friends attack Kaiju, viewers must wait to see if the adventurers have what it takes to defeat the fire-breathing monster or become barbeque.
In addition to Pilarcik-Tellez, team members responsible for launching the premiere were:
- Josh “Pltnm06Ghost” Tate, who earned an associate degree in graphic communications -- director, animator, Ninja voice-over and also created storyboards and background art.
- Tommy Benoist, associate degree in graphic communications -- writer, animator, background art.
- Taylor Gooden, associate degree in graphic communications -- animator.
- Chelsea O’Bannon, associate degree in graphic communications -- background art.
- Paul Huddleston, campus radio station supervisor -- sound design and voice-over for Doggo and Rude Customer.
- Anna Donovan, associate degree in mass communications-- Addie and Amy voice-over.
- Bunny Saku, graphic communications student, Ivy voice-over.