After our tutorial meet with Alan, we sat down as a group and talked about getting our story away from the concept of fate to die. Fate in itself is a complex word and can be easily associated with Destiny and death. As asked we looked more deeply into the word fate and try not to go too in the typical direction.
Our first idea, which branched from this Death concept, we first thought what could happen was that we would have had the character have continuous encounters with Death and the character would intervene or miss the opportunity, eventually leading to his final fate in dying. After the tutorial, we have been pushed as far away from death as a concept as possible.
Our second idea arrived when we were talking about what kind of animation we would make. We were thinking about the ''circus'' and that that is a broad subject to animate from. We brought ideas of typical circus theatrics, for example puppetry, bringing this to concept of a child. This child would be told that he was going to be something, part of the circus, when he doesn't want to do this he goes away and tries different things - like dentistry, doctoring, etc - until one day he returns to the circus and ends up going into the circus life. This sparked a flow of ideas.
Our third idea was that the character starts as a child, his father would tell him that he would be part of the circus, as specific act, like him and his father before him. But the child wanted to follow his own path and did not go down his father's path. We played an example out with the Father being a Trapeze artist and the child beginning to work with the knife throwers. As he grows up his Father tries to get the child to go into Trapeze and eventually the child(now adult) has to take to replacing his Father as he undergoes a accident or becomes too old to perform. Meeting his Fate by performing and realising this event was what he should do.
We spoke again and we have begun piecing together this idea and how we would convey the concept of Fate to the audience as well as not giving to much away. So far we have the A - B points we just need to work out the middle.