Dinner For Few

Sociopolitical metaphor of today’s world. The characters are both players and victims in a system that runs like a well-oiled machine, constantly feeding the ones that foolishly consume all the resources of the ecosystem, while others are only fed by left-overs or what has fallen off the table. Inevitably, this exhausted and old vicious circle comes to a catastrophic, messy and violent end. Sadly, its offspring is not a sign of hope but the spitting image of the parent.

dinner for few characters

I find it very valuable that each character is explicitly representative of social figures. I will concern the significance and character of each character in my film, rather than just another passive animal over there.



Start in the middle

‘Life of Brian’ – women in beards


My current story sets up that being a wolf isn’t desirable – expected punishment for rabbit

Thatcher – get people to buy their own council house – labour converted to conservative – rabbits converted to foxes – wolves would want to convert rabbits, would be a very harsh move

Topic/theme – middle hot thing, identity, social advancement

Must renounce what’s left behind

colour palette – middle conflict

Gentile wolf family

Parents to be convinced

What is it about wolf life that’s attractive? Not a wolf, you’re a nobody, everyone pretending to be a wolf

Compromised animals who aren’t being themselves

Prey instinct – resolution?

anything – imbalance – people join in – what do they sacrifice?

‘Wolf in sheep clothing’ – opposite story

Simple – house = rabbit death world, heads on wall, skin rugs ect.

superseed wolves? – Animal Farm

Demonstrate why it’s better to be a wolf

TENSION – mask gets you through the door, once through then what?! – May, Trump!

Does the rabbit do a better job than actual wolves?

Aung San Suu Kyi




Moral question – what are you willing to sacrifice?

Jung – redefining identity

Can’t eat

  1. imposter
  2. wolf family – challenge ideology/world view

2 opposites – 2 sides 1 character – wolf/rabbit

Why does the rabbit want to be a wolf ? – upper class have leisure/industry because they eat meat, don’t have to eat all the time/forage, unlike rabbits


Throwing the cat among the pigeons is a British idiom used to describe a disturbance caused by an undesirable person from the perspective of a group.

Wolf mask reveals wolf – sociopolitical – not born as – socially fabricated – rules/conventions

CONTRAST – needs to stay awkward

Rabbit about to bite rabbit meat – duck at door

Could leave it on a series of options for the audience – keep it slightly loose

Society – post war British – social mobility, don’t have to work in factories anymore – ascend social ladder – problems changing social identity – (also family)

Ralph Steadman – Dad and baby – rabbit creates better life for himself though may alienate himself from rabbit world

Science about happines – always on same scale pretty much – lotter/injury – wolves just as miserable


start things up – get resonance

Sacrificing self to advance – what do you have to sacrifice? – nothing is free (no meal is free)

2 groups: money and power group, and artist and lovers – contrasts two world views then sees behind curtain – not all that great


provoke thought

limited colour – fascism – red, white, black

dinner table – simple design!

Workshop 02


The morning exercise of writing down words was helpful, in order to break stereotypes the group helped me list possible stereotypes.

At the moment we have:

A rabbit who doesn’t want to conform to the social expectations of being a rabbit

Hard time for the rabbit subverting

But ultimately this subversion is a good thing (?) as social expectations are challenged.

Animatic 04


The characters will resemble familiar human attributes though be in their natural habitats, emphasizing the higher and lower (wolf cliffs and rabbit holes) representing high class and low class.

why does the rabbit want to be a wolf?
It may be enough to suggest ‘he just does’ but I think without addressing the question you are going to struggle with an ending.

Do the wolves accept him completely? Does he transcend species?

Minus sound:



Structure is too conventional and mechanical

Theme – societal expectation – breaking chains of conformity

Going to be hard to make, lots of characters, even if can duplicate

Fat rabbit becomes fat enough to eat. How is does he get fatter? Been fattened? Then the wolves would feed the rabbits – Battery farm – in boxes being fed


No development on the fact the protagonist rabbit has become badb-b what makes him change?

Not conforming – poisoning wolves

Animal Farm – whole story is watching the pigs become bad – important

2 importants bits:

  1. snapping
  2. bad at the end


Recognize what’s being said

Hellish to make

Rules to move on (potentially):

  1. only 1 rabbit
  2. 1 wolf
  3. lots of carrots

Audience understand conventions – turn around.

Do they want to eat each other? What do they want from each other?

not wolfish enough? 1 thing that doesn’t conform

Conversation about lack of social mobility nowadays

Class – what associations with class?